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Rain Brought Brief Relief to Australia
How Cancún Grew into a Major Resort
Widespread Melt on the George VI Ice Shelf
Etosha Pan Refills
Image of the Day Jan 25, 2020

Rain Brought Brief Relief to Australia

Bushfire counts dipped in mid-January when much-needed rainfall poured down on New South Wales and Victoria.

Taal Volcano remains on Level 4 alert, but what does that mean?
Earth Matters

Taal Volcano remains on Level 4 alert, but what does that mean?

Since its initial eruption, Taal remains on a level 4 alert, with a hazardous eruption still possible.

Published Jan 24, 2020 in Earth Matters

Peeking at Penguins: Poop from Space
EO Kids

Peeking at Penguins: Poop from Space

Did you know that satellites can be used to find penguin populations by looking at what they leave behind? EO Kids is discovering more about penguins by looking at their poop from space.

Published Jan 22, 2020 in EO Kids

East Coast Snow and Lake Erie Color
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East Coast Snow and Lake Erie Color

The white landscape contrasts with the dark and colorful water, which at the time had very little ice cover.

Published Jan 21, 2020

Land Water Unique Imagery

A Decline in Asian Dust
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A Decline in Asian Dust

Changing winds and more vegetation are probably contributing to the trend.

Published Jan 17, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Watching Meteors from Space
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Watching Meteors from Space

Astronaut Christina Koch snapped a picture of the Quadrantids in January 2020.

Published Jan 17, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere

Bermejo River
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Bermejo River

Astronauts captured a striking glimpse of the Andes Mountains, which divide lush forest from the Atacama Desert.

Published Jan 17, 2020

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Mission: Biomes
Article

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

The Island Shaped like a Horseshoe
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The Island Shaped like a Horseshoe

Deception Island is one of the only places in the world where ships can sail directly into the center of an active volcano.

Published Jan 17, 2020

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Tweeting the Extreme Summer Down Under
Earth Matters

Tweeting the Extreme Summer Down Under

More jaw-dropping images of the extreme weather in Australia have come in from astronauts and satellites.

Published Jan 16, 2020 in Earth Matters

Heat Atmosphere

Growth of a Summer Storm
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Growth of a Summer Storm

Afternoon thunderstorms are a typical phenomenon during summer in Western Australia.

Published Jan 16, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere

2019 Was the Second Warmest Year on Record
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2019 Was the Second Warmest Year on Record

The past five years have been the warmest of the past 140 years.

Published Jan 15, 2020

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Nov 2019

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

Flash Flooding in Iran
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Flash Flooding in Iran

In January 2020, three days of heavy rain led to flash floods across provinces in southern Iran.

Published Jan 15, 2020

Water Floods Remote Sensing

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
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A Clearer View of Hazy Skies

Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.

Published Jun 24, 2014

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2016

Net Primary Productivity

These maps show the ‘metabolism” of Earth’s plants and trees. Net primary productivity is the difference between the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed during photosynthesis minus the amount released by respiration.

Land Life

Major Dust Storm Sweeps Across Australia
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Major Dust Storm Sweeps Across Australia

Following weeks of smoke, it was dust turning skies odd colors.

Published Jan 14, 2020

Image of the Day Land Drought Fires

Sulfur Spews from Taal
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Sulfur Spews from Taal

In January 2020, the volcano in the Philippines spewed lava and emitted hazardous amounts of volcanic ash fall and gases.

Published Jan 13, 2020

Image of the Day Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Sandscapes of the Namib Desert
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Sandscapes of the Namib Desert

Sand dunes and outcrops add color and dimension across the Namib Sand Sea.

Published Jan 11, 2020

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Smoky Australian Skies
Earth Matters

Smoky Australian Skies

As satellites track Australian wildfire smoke from above, GLOBE Observer citizen scientists have been keeping tabs on hazy skies from the ground.

Published Jan 10, 2020 in Earth Matters

Atmosphere Heat

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

The Colorado Rockies
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The Colorado Rockies

An astronaut captured this view of the Front Range, the San Juan Mountains, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Published Jan 10, 2020

Image of the Day Land

Iceland’s Volcanic Glacier
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Iceland’s Volcanic Glacier

Skeiðarárjökull is known for flooding caused by volcanic eruptions underneath the ice.

Published Jan 10, 2020

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Fires Ravage Kangaroo Island
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Fires Ravage Kangaroo Island

Nearly one-third of the island appears to have burned.

Published Jan 9, 2020

Land Life Drought Fires

Explosive Fire Activity in Australia
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Explosive Fire Activity in Australia

Fires are burning so fiercely that they are lofting smoke to unusual heights.

Published Jan 9, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Drought Fires Remote Sensing

A Dusty Journey
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A Dusty Journey

Satellite observations show how far winds normally spread North African dust particles before rain and gravity pull them down to the ocean.

Published Jan 8, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Remote Sensing

January Puzzler
Earth Matters

January 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 Jan 7, 2020 in Earth Matters

Torrential Rains Flood Indonesia
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Torrential Rains Flood Indonesia

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade.

Published Jan 7, 2020

Image of the Day Water Floods Remote Sensing

A Day in the Life
Notes from the Field

A Day in the Life

When it comes to getting around in Antarctica, McMurdo Station is like an off road testing facility of continental-sized proportions.

Published Jan 7, 2020 in Notes From the Field

ICONic Views of the Atmosphere
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ICONic Views of the Atmosphere

At the boundary between Earth and space, particles and gases and energy do an intricate and colorful dance that varies daily.

Published Jan 6, 2020

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Fires and Smoke Engulf Southeastern Australia
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Fires and Smoke Engulf Southeastern Australia

As predicted, the weekend brought extreme fire weather.

Published Jan 6, 2020

Atmosphere Heat Land Drought Fires

Desert Contrasts in Chad
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Desert Contrasts in Chad

Geologically young, dark lava flows stand out from older, lighter rocks and the sands of the central Sahara.

Published Jan 3, 2020

Image of the Day Land

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

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

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 at Night
Article

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

Traces of Australia on New Zealand Glaciers
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Traces of Australia on New Zealand Glaciers

Carried by the wind, dust and ash particles from Australia have painted some South Island glaciers with a brown-orange tint.

Published Jan 3, 2020

Image of the Day Dust and Haze Snow and Ice

Happy New Year from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Notes from the Field

Happy New Year from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

The coolest thing about spending the New Year at the South Pole is the ceremony to place a geodetic benchmark on the geographic South Pole, or 90°S.

Published Jan 3, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Greetings from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Notes from the Field

Greetings from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Scientists prepare for the third Antarctic traverse, where they will collect ground-based data to validate elevation measurements from NASA's ICESat-2 satellite.

Published Jan 2, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia
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Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia

Fires keep raging through an intense and deadly fire season.

Published Jan 2, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Drought Fires

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2019

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

More Fun Than a BARREL of Electrons
Notes from the Field

More Fun Than a BARREL of Electrons

While everyone waits for the ball to drop in Times Square, scientists are working to send balloons up in Antarctica.

Published Dec 31, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Salt, Oil, and Fruit from Mossoró
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Salt, Oil, and Fruit from Mossoró

The signs of economic activity around this Brazilian city are easy to see from space.

Published Dec 31, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Southern California Snow
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Southern California Snow

A fast-moving storm dropped a heavy dose of winter—and even a tornado—on the region.

Published Dec 31, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba
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Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba

The world’s largest reservoir now stands at its lowest level since 1996.

Published Dec 30, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Drought

Best of 2019
Article

Best of 2019

2019 brought many memorable events on Planet Earth. Here are a few highlights from around the globe.

Published Dec 20, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Videos

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

The Island Named After a Satellite
Article

The Island Named After a Satellite

It measures about half the size of a football field and it is so small that you cannot see it on Google maps. This barren bit of rock off the coast of Canada has an unusual namesake: the Landsat 1 satellite. Hear about the discovery in the words of the woman who found it in satellite imagery.

Published Oct 23, 2019

Land Videos

EO On This Day
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EO On This Day

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Published Sep 24, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life 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 Aug 28, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
Article

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space

There is no award for completing the hike from Mexico to Canada through the western United States. But it is clear from the ground and space that the journey through 48 wilderness areas and demanding terrain will change you.

Published Aug 1, 2019

Land Human Presence Remote Sensing