Changing of the seasons captured in dramatic satellite photos depicting fall foliage from outer space

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Changing of the seasons captured in dramatic satellite photos depicting fall foliage from outer space
The changing of the seasons across the Mid-Atlantic can be seen in this and the following true color images from the Suomi NPP satellite taken on September 27th and November 2nd, respectively. (NOAA)
The changing of the seasons across the Mid-Atlantic can be seen in this and the preceding true color images from the Suomi NPP satellite taken on September 27th and November 2nd, respectively. (NOAA)
The changing of the seasons across the Mid-Atlantic can be seen in these two side-by-side true color images from the Suomi NPP satellite taken on September 27th and November 2nd, respectively. (NOAA)
Fall colors in the northeastern United States photographed on October 12, 2014 by NASA's Aqua/MODIS satellite. (NASA)
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around the Great Lakes on September 26, 2014. (NASA)
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this view of fall colors around New England on September 27, 2014. (NASA)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Tourist ride Segway's along the National Mall past colorful fall leaves October 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The fall foliage in the Washington area is almost at full peak with unseasonably mild temperatures. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: Colorful fall leaves are visibale as a couple pushes a baby stroller October 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The fall foliage in the Washington area is almost at full peak with unseasonably mild temperatures. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
LAKEWOOD, CO - NOVEMBER 04: A fall leaf is covered in frost as the sun comes up in Lakewood, November 04, 2014. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Instagram from the South Lawn of the White House on the evening of October 29, 2014 and posted to Twitter by White House photographer Pete Souza. http://t.co/jKJbXXoUvi
WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCTOBER 27: A goose is seen at the Constitution Gardens Pond as autumn colours begin to show on October 27, 2014 in Washington, United States. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GREENWOOD, ME - OCTOBER 16: Autumn colors surround the hundreds of solar electric panels installed as owners of Mt. Abram Ski Area are installing over 800 solar electric panels to produce 70 percent of its electric needs. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PEMBROKE, MA - OCTOBER 15: A weathervane on a Pembroke, Mass. garage is silhouetted against the backdrop of a maple tree in autumnal colors. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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By ANDREW TAVANI

Signs of the changing seasons are everywhere right now: the ever decreasing daylight; the preemptive Christmas commercials on TV; and, of course, the most ubiquitous and pleasant sign of autumn's splendor -- the vibrant colors of the leaves as they fall from the trees.

Most people witness the leaves as they gaze out upon the backyard through a window, or as they watch the passing trees on the side of the road during a daytime drive in the car. They are earthly perspectives, to be sure.

But scientists at NASA are providing a much different perspective on the fall colors -- one from outer space.

Earlier this week, NASA released two true color satellite images of the Mid-Atlantic section of the United States and southern Canada. The first image was captured on September 27, 2014 by the space agency's Suomi NPP satellite.

The landscape in the image, seen just five days into fall, is mostly a deep green, the remnants of summer still holding strong. Signs of autumn were beginning to emerge, with a trace of reddish brown taking hold in upstate New York, just to the east of Lake Ontario.

Five weeks later, the same piece of geography photographed from the same satellite looks dramatically different. Gone is the deep summer green. It's been replaced by browns and sweeping scarlet reds.

According to NOAA, the diagonal bands seen running through the center of the photos is caused by the changing foliage on the trees in the Appalachian Mountains.

The U.S. Forest service reports that much of the trees in the mainland are now past their peak colors, especially in the areas north of Pennsylvania that are depicted in these two photos.

Click through the slide show above. Anyone who's missed the peak color in their region will find it useful.

It features several more satellite photos that were taken since summer turned to autumn this year. And following that are some beautiful images of the fall foliage from New Hampshire down to West Virginia that news photographers managed to capture.

And to see an animated GIF of summer turning into autumn this year, The Huffington Post put together a captivating one using NASA satellite imagery.

According to the Forestry Service, the primary factors that cause leaves to change colors are dropping temperatures and decreased sunlight, and the vibrancy of colors depend on a number of seasonal and weather variables.

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