Brilliant Color in the Black Sea
Image of the Day Jun 28, 2022

Brilliant Color in the Black Sea

As spring 2022 turned the page to summer, phytoplankton turned the seawater from dark to vivid.
Paramaribo, Suriname
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Paramaribo, Suriname

The capital city, once a Dutch trading post, hugs the banks of the Suriname River.

Published Jun 27, 2022

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Europa Island
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Europa Island

The small coralline island between Madagascar and Mozambique is a haven for nesting seabirds and green sea turtles.

Published Jun 26, 2022

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The North Island, New Zealand
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The North Island, New Zealand

The majority of the nation’s people and several prominent volcanoes populate the island.

Published Jun 25, 2022

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Catastrophic Flooding in Yellowstone
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Catastrophic Flooding in Yellowstone

Snowmelt and heavy rain caused historically high water that destroyed homes, roads, and bridges, and isolated some of the national park’s gateway communities.

Published Jun 22, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Floods Human Presence Remote Sensing

Terceira Island, Azores
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Terceira Island, Azores

Terceira Island is one of nine volcanic islands in the Azores archipelago, which straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a triple junction.

Published Jun 22, 2022

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June Puzzler
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June Puzzler

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

Published Jun 21, 2022

NASA Data Supercharges Forecasting in Bangladesh
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NASA Data Supercharges Forecasting in Bangladesh

Researchers with SERVIR created a web-based tool that integrates NASA satellite data with observations from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

Published Jun 21, 2022

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Freedom’s Fortress
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Freedom’s Fortress

Old Point Comfort was among the first places where enslaved people were traded in colonial America—and a hub of resistance to slavery during the American Civil War.

Published Jun 19, 2022

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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

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2022

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Snow and Ice

Triassic Talampaya
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Triassic Talampaya

This national park in western Argentina is rich in plant, mammal, and dinosaur fossils, as well as rocks dating back 200 million years.

Published Jun 18, 2022

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Living with Floods in the Innoko Lowlands
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Living with Floods in the Innoko Lowlands

Regular spring flooding has led Native peoples to adapt to the rise and fall of the water.

Published Jun 17, 2022

Image of the Day Land Water Floods Human Presence Remote Sensing

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Mar 2022

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

Scientists Discover a Polar Bear Subpopulation
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Scientists Discover a Polar Bear Subpopulation

The bears in Southeast Greenland are uniquely adapted to living where sea ice is scarce for much of the year.

Published Jun 17, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Life Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Alaska Ablaze
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Alaska Ablaze

Dozens of wildfires, including the largest tundra fire on record for the Yukon, are burning across the state.

Published Jun 14, 2022

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Losing a Layer of Protection
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Losing a Layer of Protection

An early summer heatwave set up a cluster of glaciers in the Central Andes for accelerated melting.

Published Jun 14, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2022

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

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

EO On This Day
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EO On This Day

In honor of our site anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from 23 years online — one image for each day of the calendar year.

Published Apr 26, 2022

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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

Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals
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Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals

For the third time in a decade, the winner hails from the Canary Islands.

Published Mar 1, 2022

Human Presence Remote Sensing

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2022

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

Falling for the Colors
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Falling for the Colors

As green chlorophyll fades from trees and plants each autumn, other pigments color the Earth’s landscapes. Satellites take leaf-peeping to a whole new level.

Published Oct 26, 2021

Land Life

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2022

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

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

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

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

World of Change
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World of Change

NASA satellites document how our world—forests, oceans, human landscapes, even the Sun—changes over months, seasons, and years.

Published Apr 29, 2009

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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