Fires in Guatemala
Image of the Day Feb 28, 2024

Fires in Guatemala

The blaze near Quetzaltenango was one of several burning across the country.  
Antarctica Unpinned
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Antarctica Unpinned

New research shows that while some Antarctic ice shelves have been thinning since at least the 1970s, widespread thinning accelerated in the 1990s.

Published Feb 27, 2024

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Making Sense of Holes in the Clouds
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Making Sense of Holes in the Clouds

Scientists speculated about these holes for decades, but it’s now well understood that cavum clouds are caused by airplanes.

Published Feb 26, 2024

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Mount Nemrut’s Compelling Caldera
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Mount Nemrut’s Compelling Caldera

Lakes and lava flows fill the depression atop this geologically young stratovolcano in eastern Türkiye.

Published Feb 25, 2024

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Sediment Fans Out Over the Yangtze Bank
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Sediment Fans Out Over the Yangtze Bank

A distinct plume of suspended sediment is a persistent winter feature off China’s coast.

Published Feb 24, 2024

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Nusantara: A New Capital City in the Forest
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Nusantara: A New Capital City in the Forest

The future site of Indonesia’s new capital saw rapid change between 2022 and 2024.

Published Feb 23, 2024

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Drought Parches Morocco
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Drought Parches Morocco

Reservoirs are running out of water and crops are browning in the North African country.  

Published Feb 22, 2024

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Dynamic Dauphin Island
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Dynamic Dauphin Island

The barrier island that protects the mouth of Mobile Bay has a history of shifting and merging with nearby islands.

Published Feb 19, 2024

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Evening Glow in the Junggar Basin
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Evening Glow in the Junggar Basin

The setting Sun illuminates the western faces of sand dunes across this low-lying basin in northwestern China.

Published Feb 18, 2024

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Escaping Home
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Escaping Home

Harriet Tubman preferred to navigate the woods and waterways of Maryland’s Eastern Shore on winter nights when guiding enslaved people north on the Underground Railroad.  

Published Feb 17, 2024

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Badwater Basin Refills
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Badwater Basin Refills

Refreshed by precipitation from an atmospheric river, a temporary lake in Death Valley is extending its stay.

Published Feb 16, 2024

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Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2023

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

Ice Swirls Along the Labrador Coast
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Ice Swirls Along the Labrador Coast

An astronaut and satellite sensors captured eye-catching patterns in sea ice.

Published Feb 15, 2024

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Grounding Perspectives
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Grounding Perspectives

Scientists and disaster risk-reduction practitioners visited Nepal to view major landslide sites and better understand what satellite data reveal about the landscape.

Published Feb 13, 2024

Little Things Make a Big Difference
Notes from the Field

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Individual bits of tiny living beings and inanimate particles are too small for your eye to see. But when billions to trillions of them aggregate in one place, they can make a vast difference in life on Earth.

Published Feb 7, 2024

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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

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February Puzzler
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February Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us the location of the satellite image and why it is interesting.

Published Feb 6, 2024

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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The Long and Winding Road to Launch
Notes from the Field

The Long and Winding Road to Launch

For NASA and the ocean science community, the PACE launch will be the culmination of at least a decade of work. For me, it will be the culmination of something that started in 1950.

Published Feb 5, 2024

Atmosphere Water

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Sep 2023

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.

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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.

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Temperature Extremes 2023
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Temperature Extremes 2023

Warmer-than-average temperatures are showing up locally and globally, with consequences for people, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Published Aug 15, 2023

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Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2022

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.

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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

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North Atlantic Hurricane Season
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North Atlantic Hurricane Season

The 2023 season runs from June 1 to November 30, with peak activity generally occurring in September.

Published Jun 1, 2023

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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

Fire Season in the Northern Hemisphere
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Fire Season in the Northern Hemisphere

Wildland fires in 2023 brought hazy skies and poor air quality to several countries north of the equator.

Published May 22, 2023

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Food and Agriculture
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Food and Agriculture

From soil conditions to crop productivity, satellite data help inform farmers, scientists, and decision-makers in the U.S. and around the world.

Published Feb 28, 2023

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Winter from the International Space Station
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Winter from the International Space Station

Over the years, astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory have snapped spectacular photographs of Earth’s snow and ice in both hemispheres.

Published Dec 21, 2022

Snow and Ice

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Jan 2023

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.

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Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Aug 2023

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.

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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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