Scientific Questions Arrive in Ports
Image of the Day Oct 28, 2021

Scientific Questions Arrive in Ports

Satellite observations of nitrogen dioxide near key U.S. ports suggest that increased shipping activity and backlogs may be affecting air quality.
October Puzzler
Earth Matters

October 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 Oct 26, 2021

Dust Storms in Greenland
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Dust Storms in Greenland

Large plumes of dust from the planet’s largest island are most common during the transition from summer to winter.

Published Oct 25, 2021

Image of the Day Land Floods Severe Storms Snow and Ice

A Ship Graveyard in Lake Erie
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A Ship Graveyard in Lake Erie

The shallowest of the Great Lakes has one of the greatest concentrations of shipwrecks in the world.

Published Oct 25, 2021

Image of the Day Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Palma, Mallorca
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Palma, Mallorca

The city has a rich history that has been influenced by the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Moors.

Published Oct 24, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding
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Thailand Swamped by Monsoon Flooding

Recent storms added to an already heavy monsoon season.

Published Oct 22, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Severe Storms Human Presence

Russia’s Golden Autumn
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Russia’s Golden Autumn

Primorsky Krai, in the Russian Far East, displays some of the planet’s most striking fall color.

Published Oct 22, 2021

Image of the Day Land

Sulfur Skies over La Palma
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Sulfur Skies over La Palma

Volcanoes emit sulfur dioxide — a pungent gas that reacts with oxygen and moisture in the air to produce a haze called vog.

Published Oct 20, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2021

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict anomalies in land surface temperatures (LSTs); that is, how much hotter or cooler a region was compared to the long-term average. LST anomalies can indicate heat waves or cold spells.

Heat Land

Late Bloomers in the Arctic
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Late Bloomers in the Arctic

Not everything in the far north appears ready to hibernate for the winter.

Published Oct 19, 2021

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice Water Color

Drought in the Northern Great Plains
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Drought in the Northern Great Plains

Warm and dry conditions continue to affect agricultural lands in the U.S. Northern Plains and the Canadian Prairies.

Published Oct 18, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Drought Remote Sensing

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

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 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

Shrinking Glaciers and Growing Lakes
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Shrinking Glaciers and Growing Lakes

As temperatures rise on the Tibetan Plateau, lakes are growing larger and deeper.

Published Oct 18, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Snow and Ice

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

Folds of the Bighorn Basin
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Folds of the Bighorn Basin

Red rocks and complex geology are distinctive features of this physiographic region in Wyoming and Montana.

Published Oct 17, 2021

Image of the Day Land

Truly Giant Cuttlefish in False Bay
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Truly Giant Cuttlefish in False Bay

Spencer Gulf in South Australia hosts the world’s largest cuttlefish mass spawning event.

Published Oct 16, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

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

Waiting to Unload
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Waiting to Unload

The pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and markets in ways that have led to backlogs of cargo ships at key ports.

Published Oct 15, 2021

Image of the Day Water Human Presence

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

Sipping Snow in the Sierras
EO Kids

Sipping Snow in the Sierras

Explore how snowmelt becomes water and do a cool experiment to find out how much water snow leaves behind when it melts.

Published Oct 10, 2021

Snow and Ice Water Human Presence

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Jul 2020

Net Radiation

Net radiation is the balance between incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere. It is the total energy available to influence climate after light and heat are reflected, absorbed, or emitted by clouds and land.

Heat

Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning
Notes from the Field

Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning

Following caribou and brown bear trails when possible, a small NASA-supported research team trekked 800 miles across Alaska’s Brooks Range in summer 2021.

Published Oct 5, 2021

Land

Tournament Earth: The Landsat Games
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Tournament Earth: The Landsat Games

50 Years. 9 million scenes. One champion.

Published Sep 7, 2021

Land Water Human Presence Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach
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NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach

Summer is beach season in the northern hemisphere. But even if you're a regular at your local swimming hole, you probably haven't seen too many beaches from this perspective. See the satellite and space-station views of various shorelines from across the United States. No sunblock necessary.

Published Jul 22, 2021

Land Videos

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

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Feb 2017

Carbon Monoxide

When fuels such as coal, wood, and oil burn incompletely, they produce carbon monoxide. The gas is spread by winds and circulation. These maps show monthly averages of CO in the lower atmosphere.

Atmosphere

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

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Jun 2002 — Sep 2011

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly

These maps depict how much hotter or cooler an ocean basin was compared to the long-term average. Temperature anomalies can indicate changes in ocean circulation or the arrival of patterns like El Niño and La Niña.

Heat Water