Smoke Across North America
Image of the Day Jul 23, 2021

Smoke Across North America

Skies turned hazy from Pittsburgh to Washington to Boston, as smoke from fires in Canada poured into the U.S. Northeast.
Coastal North Queensland
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Coastal North Queensland

Tour the Australian state’s diverse landscapes and waterscapes.

Published Jul 22, 2021

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Sweden’s Siljan Ring
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Sweden’s Siljan Ring

The idyllic region of Dalarna County is the site of an ancient, powerful collision.

Published Jul 21, 2021

Image of the Day Land

Oregon Smothered with Smoke
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Oregon Smothered with Smoke

Hot, dry, and windy conditions continue to fan the flames of the largest fire currently burning in the United States.

Published Jul 19, 2021

Land Fires

Seeing Orange in the Kalahari
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Seeing Orange in the Kalahari

Sand dunes, ancient rocks, a solar power plant, and the Orange River stand out in this photo from South Africa.

Published Jul 18, 2021

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Algae Abound Along Florida Coast
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Algae Abound Along Florida Coast

Tampa Bay is teeming with Karenia brevis months before it usually blooms.

Published Jul 17, 2021

Image of the Day Life Water Remote Sensing Water Color

An Abundance of Aquaculture in Andhra Pradesh
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An Abundance of Aquaculture in Andhra Pradesh

Inland areas along rivers and canals where people once raised crops are now dotted with fish and shrimp ponds.

Published Jul 17, 2021

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Digging Beryllium for James Webb
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Digging Beryllium for James Webb

Spor Mountain in Utah is a major source of the stiff, lightweight metal that has been used in the flagship space telescope and several other NASA missions.

Published Jul 16, 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

Sierra Snowbank Short on Funds
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Sierra Snowbank Short on Funds

Mountain snow melted away nearly a month ahead of schedule, leaving reservoirs without their usual inflow of freshwater.

Published Jul 14, 2021

Image of the Day Land Drought Snow and Ice Temperature Extremes

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

The Blooming Gulf of St. Lawrence
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The Blooming Gulf of St. Lawrence

When conditions are right, microscopic plant-like organisms called phytoplankton reproduce abundantly and create colorful patterns on the ocean surface that satellites can observe from space.

Published Jul 14, 2021

Life Water Water Color

A Longer-Lived Ice Arch
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A Longer-Lived Ice Arch

The natural sea ice structure west of Greenland stuck around longer than usual in 2021, despite a recent trend toward earlier breakups.

Published Jul 14, 2021

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice

July Puzzler
Earth Matters

July Puzzler

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

Published Jul 13, 2021 in Earth Matters

NASA Supports Drought Resilience in the American West
Earth Matters

NASA Supports Drought Resilience in the American West

Using satellites, aircraft, and computer models, NASA can aid farmers, reservoir managers, and decision makers as they monitor water needs.

Published Jul 13, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water Land

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2021

Land Surface Temperature

Land surface temperatures rise and fall with the heat of the Sun, and they represent how hot or cold the surface would feel to touch. These maps show daytime land temperatures as measured from space.

Heat Land

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

Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

Hazy Skies in the Midwest
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Hazy Skies in the Midwest

Smoke from Ontario, Canada, has blown south into the United States.

Published Jul 12, 2021

Atmosphere Heat Land Fires

Smoky Summer in the Pacific Northwest
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Smoky Summer in the Pacific Northwest

The extraordinary heatwave that scorched the Pacific Northwest in June 2021 has diminished, but substantial fires continued to burn across the region in July.

Published Jul 9, 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

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 21, 2021

Atmosphere 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

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Apr 2021

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is used by algae and other phytoplankton--the grass of the sea--to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars. These maps show chlorophyll concentrations in the ocean, revealing where phytoplankton are thriving.

Life Water

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2021

Fire

Whether started by humans (farming, logging, or accidents) or by nature (lightning), fires are always burning somewhere on Earth. These maps show the locations of fires burning around the world each month.

Land

EO Explorer
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EO Explorer

Since 1999, Earth Observatory has published images and stories from all over our planet. Now you can explore more than 11,000 images in a different way: by location.

Published Jun 2, 2021

Land Water Remote Sensing

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

Atmosphere Land Life Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2021

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

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