Southern Hemisphere Scorchers
Image of the Day Jan 16, 2022

Southern Hemisphere Scorchers

A summer heatwave knocked out power in Argentina, while heat in Western Australia likely tied the hottest temperature ever measured south of the equator.
Cloud Challenge 2022
Earth Matters

Cloud Challenge 2022

The public is invited to help NASA investigate clouds during this GLOBE program challenge.

Published Jan 14, 2022

Climate Indicators

2021 Continued Earth’s Warming Trend
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2021 Continued Earth’s Warming Trend

The past eight years have been the warmest in the global record.

Published Jan 14, 2022

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

Red Tide off Rio
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Red Tide off Rio

A dark, rainy spring gave way to a vast, long-lived phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Brazil.

Published Jan 12, 2022

Image of the Day Water Water Color

Everest-Area Plant Life Spreads
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Everest-Area Plant Life Spreads

Increasing vegetation in the Himalaya may have implications for water supplies.

Published Jan 12, 2022

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

A New Look at Earth’s Lightning
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A New Look at Earth’s Lightning

A sensor installed on the International Space Station is yielding fresh insights on the global distribution of lightning.

Published Jan 11, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere

A View of Vesuvius
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A View of Vesuvius

Clouds parted for a glimpse of one of the most dangerous volcanoes on Earth.

Published Jan 10, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land

A Wolf Awakens at Night
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A Wolf Awakens at Night

Incandescent lava erupts from a volcano in the Galápagos Islands.

Published Jan 7, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Snowy Scene Surrounding the Salish Sea
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Snowy Scene Surrounding the Salish Sea

After a rainy autumn, winter weather arrived in the Pacific Northwest.

Published Jan 7, 2022

Image of the Day Land Water Severe Storms Human Presence

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

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Human Presence Snow and Ice

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

Failed Rainy Seasons Create Food Emergency in Eastern Africa
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Failed Rainy Seasons Create Food Emergency in Eastern Africa

More than 20 million people in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia now face some of the worst food security risks in 35 years.

Published Jan 7, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

A Winter Haze Over China
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A Winter Haze Over China

Even while skies are clearing over China, one type of particulate pollution continues to cause problems.

Published Jan 6, 2022

Image of the Day Land

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

Mid-Atlantic Snow Band
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Mid-Atlantic Snow Band

The storm blanketed the region with snow, closed schools, and snarled traffic.

Published Jan 4, 2022

Land Severe Storms Human Presence Snow and Ice

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2021

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

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

A Different Shade of Ice
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A Different Shade of Ice

Abundant sediment often paints the sea ice tan in Foxe Basin.

Published Jan 4, 2022

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice

Colorado Faces Winter Urban Firestorm
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Colorado Faces Winter Urban Firestorm

Hurricane-force winds whipped fires across drought-parched grasslands and into suburban neighborhoods.

Published Jan 3, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Land Severe Storms Human Presence

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

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

NASA To Launch Four Earth Science Missions in 2022
Earth Matters

NASA To Launch Four Earth Science Missions in 2022

The new missions will examine fundamental climate systems and processes, including extreme storms, surface water and oceans, and atmospheric dust.

Published Dec 30, 2021

EO December Puzzler
Earth Matters

EO December Puzzler

Can you figure out where and what this is on Earth?

Published Dec 21, 2021

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

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

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Sep 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

NASA-Sponsored GLOBE Education Program Wins Award
Earth Matters

NASA-Sponsored GLOBE Education Program Wins Award

Launched on Earth Day in 1995, the program connects scientists, teachers and students in 126 countries with hands-on scientific activities.

Published Dec 17, 2021

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

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 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

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

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