NASA Has Photographed More of Those Strangely Soothing Rectangular Icebergs


On October 16, NASA scientists found a number of large icebergs between Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf and the A-68 ice island, which separated from the ice shelf previous year.

The images of the unusually shaped iceberg were captured by Jeremy Harbeck on NASA's Operation IceBridge, an aerial survey of polar ice, when it flew over the northern Antarctic Peninsula on October 16, 2018. "Indeed, the iceberg definitely captured the interest of the public, and the original photo of the object was shot at an angle that made the iceberg appear nearly perfectly square".

Taken during an October 16 research flight over the northern Antarctica Peninsula, the picture recently went viral. That iceberg, which represents 1 trillion tons of ice, calved previous year, according to USA Today. The team will continue their work until November 18th, so perhaps we have a few more interesting icebergs to look forward to over the coming weeks.

NASA cameras recently caught an unusual rectangular iceberg floating off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.

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According to NASA officials, the rectangular icebergs appeared to be "freshly calved" from Larsen C, which the parted ways from the iceberg now known as A-68 parted in July 2017.

On Tuesday, it emerged that Mr Harbeck had spotted two rectangular icebergs on the same flyover.

Other icebergs and the massive A68 berg can been seen too.

Operation IceBridge is the agency's longest-running aerial survey of both the north and south polar ice. In the photo above, you can actually see three icebergs of note: the now-famous freakishly geometric iceberg at far left (slightly obscured by the plane's engines), the new tabular iceberg, and off to the horizon, the A68 iceberg. It's now in the midst of a five-week project to chart icebergs in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula, a mission that's scheduled to conclude on November 18.