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Autumn's Colorful Peak: Earth Image of the Week October 14, 2011
Satellite image of New England fall foliage.
Clear skies revealed tones of Autumn's glorious colors across the northeastern United States and parts of eastern Canada on Sunday.
Motorists, residents and sightseers in New England and Canada’s eastern provinces were provided with a spectacular landscape of autumnal colors on Sunday, October 9, 2011.

Seasonal hues of yellow and orange stretched across the region when NASA’s Terra satellite passed overhead at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor aboard the satellite captured the image to the right, which clearly reveals the extent of fall foliage from the Canadian Maritime provinces to the Appalachian Mountains.

Nearly cloud-free skies allowed all of the rich tapestry of autumn to be seen across the region, especially in the popular destination for fall foliage tours of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Higher elevations that had already been touched by frosty nights appear in various shades of orange.

But, it still remained green at the lower elevations, where early October nights had yet to become very cool.

Widespread areas of orange and dark yellow prevail across much of Ontario and Quebec, which have already been touched more than once by Jack Frost.

Also visible in the image are the tan hues of harvested farmland surrounding Montreal and to the southeast of Ottawa. The blue waterways of the St. Lawrence River sytem can also be seen.

Satellite Image: NASA MODIS Rapid Response System