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Stratus clouds are common in the Arctic during the summer months, and are important modulators of the arctic climate. This image pair from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) was acquired on August 23, 2000, and shows a region of stratified clouds situated near the boundary of the permanent polar ice pack to the north of the Chukchi and East Siberian Seas. At top is a natural-color view captured by MISR's vertical-viewing (nadir) camera. At bottom, a stereo anaglyph enables observation of multiple cloud layers. The images are centered at about 75 degrees north latitude, near the international dateline. These high-latitude data were acquired during the "ascending node" of the Terra orbit, that is, the portion of the orbit where the spacecraft is flying from south to north. The images have been rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise to facilitate stereo viewing, thereby orienting them with south toward the left and north toward the right. Solar illumination is very oblique, and sunlight is coming from the right-hand side of the images. Viewing the anaglyph in 3D requires the use of red-blue glasses, with the red filter placed over your left eye. Information on ordering glasses can be found at
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