Image of the Day: Weirdest Satellite Image Ever

This image, from the MODIS imager on NASA's Aqua satellite, is one of the strangest satellite images we've ever seen. It shows a huge gap, or hole, in a layer of low-level clouds off the coast of Tasmania, Australia. By the looks of it, the clouds are of either the stratocumulus or altocumulus variety, which often form over open water. As for what caused the hole, though, it's unclear. Some cloud holes can be caused by aircraft, but this isn't exactly a hotspot for global air travel, considering how close to Antarctica it is. It's likely that the air in the cloud-free region is sinking beneath an area of high pressure, which is pushing the cloudiness away. Either that, or NASA just stumbled across Earth's eyeball.

Credit: NASA