Juneteenth in Galveston
Image of the Day Jun 19, 2021

Juneteenth in Galveston

The issuing of General Order No. 3 by Union troops on June 19, 1865, marked the official end of slavery in Texas and the U.S.
Records Fall in Early Summer Heatwave
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Records Fall in Early Summer Heatwave

Extreme heat has descended on the southwestern United States, with several states enduring temperatures near and above record highs for June.

Published Jun 16, 2021

Image of the Day Heat Land Drought Remote Sensing Temperature Extremes

Finding Gold Mining Hotspots in Peru
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Finding Gold Mining Hotspots in Peru

Researchers have created a satellite-based tool to help officials identify new activity.

Published Jun 16, 2021

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June Puzzler
Earth Matters

June Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Jun 15, 2021 in Earth Matters

The Large Footprint of Small-Scale Mining in Ghana
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The Large Footprint of Small-Scale Mining in Ghana

In the past decade, unregulated artisanal mines accounted for more deforestation than industrial mines.

Published Jun 15, 2021

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An Entanglement of Land and Sea
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An Entanglement of Land and Sea

Sediment-rich water from the interior of Madagascar meets the sea in mangrove-fringed Loza Bay.

Published Jun 13, 2021

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Heatwave Scorches the Middle East
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Heatwave Scorches the Middle East

A phenomenon known as a “heat dome” set the stage for remarkably high temperatures as meteorological summer got under way.

Published Jun 11, 2021

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Western Soils and Plants are Parched
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Western Soils and Plants are Parched

For the second year in a row, drought has overtaken much of the United States from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Published Jun 11, 2021

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Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka
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Satellite Observes Ship Fire Off Sri Lanka

NASA plays a role in providing observations and analysis of natural and technological disasters.

Published Jun 11, 2021

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Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jan 2021

Sea Surface Temperature

Ocean temperatures can influence weather, such as hurricane formation, and climate patterns, such as El Niño. These maps show the temperature at the surface of the world’s seas and oceans.

Heat Water

Lake Victoria’s Rising Waters
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Lake Victoria’s Rising Waters

Intense rains during the wet season for a second year in a row have caused trouble for riparian communities near Africa’s largest lake.

Published Jun 10, 2021

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Dual Storms in the Andes Mountains
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Dual Storms in the Andes Mountains

A rare winter-like storm struck central Chile and Argentina in the middle of austral summer, with drastically different consequences compared to a typical winter storm.

Published Jun 9, 2021

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Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2021

Vegetation

Greenness is an important indicator of health for forests, grasslands, and farms. The greenness of a landscape, or vegetation index, depends on the number and type of plants, how leafy they are, and how healthy they are.

Land Life

Africa Sheds Some Dust
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Africa Sheds Some Dust

The millions of tons of dust lofted out of Africa each year are a visual reminder of how Earth’s systems are interconnected.

Published Jun 7, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

Russia’s Crater of Diamonds
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Russia’s Crater of Diamonds

Popigai is one of the largest and most well-preserved impact craters on Earth.

Published Jun 7, 2021

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A Swampy Home for Shoebills
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A Swampy Home for Shoebills

Zambia’s Bangweulu wetlands make ideal hunting grounds for this distinctive bird species.

Published Jun 5, 2021

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Mission: Biomes
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Mission: Biomes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different part of the world? What would the weather be like? What kinds of animals would you see? Which plants live there? By investigating these questions, you are learning about biomes.

Published Aug 28, 2020

Land Life

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Jan 2005 — Sep 2016

Aerosol Size

Sea salt, volcanic ash, dust, wildfire smoke, and industrial pollution are types of airborne aerosols. Natural aerosols tend to be larger than human-made aerosols. These maps show when and where aerosols come from nature, humans, or both.

Atmosphere

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma
Earth Matters

Early or Late Spring Blooms? Both Affect Asthma

Recent research shows that changes in the onset of spring—both early and late—can lead to more severe asthma for some people.

Published Jun 3, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2021

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

Earth at Night
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Earth at Night

Satellite images of Earth at night have been a curiosity for the public and a tool of fundamental research for at least 25 years. They have provided a broad, beautiful picture, showing how humans have shaped the planet and lit up the darkness.

Published Apr 12, 2017

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Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Apr 2021

Water Vapor

These maps show the average amount of water vapor in a column of atmosphere by month. Water vapor is the key precursor for rain and snow and one of the most important greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere

A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere
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A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere

Clouds can be a nuisance when scientists are trying to observe features on Earth's surface. But at other times, clouds are exactly what they want to see. These images highlight some of the more unusual and beautiful clouds observed in recent years from space.

Published Jun 1, 2021

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Blue Marble Next Generation
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Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Earth — A Photo-Essay
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Earth — A Photo-Essay

NASA has a unique vantage point for observing the beauty and wonder of Earth and for making sense of it. The images in this book tell a story of a 4.5-billion-year-old planet where there is always something new to see.

Published Apr 28, 2021

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography
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Tournament Earth: Astronaut Photography

Click to see the 2021 champion.

Published Mar 8, 2021

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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies

What do you do when presented with a new satellite image? Here's what the Earth Observatory team does to understand the view.

Published Nov 18, 2013

Remote Sensing

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos

Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes
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Picturing Earth: Behind the Scenes

From their perch on the space station, astronauts have spent 20 years sharing a story about Earth as they see it from above. Like the directors of a film, those astronaut storytellers have a crew working behind the scenes to help them tell the story. Meet the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit.

Published Dec 1, 2020

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos