The Shrinking Selva Maya  
Image of the Day Jun 18, 2024

The Shrinking Selva Maya  

The largest tropical rainforest in Mesoamerica is shrinking as pastures and croplands spread across Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.  
Turbulent Beauty Along the Kimberley Coast
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Turbulent Beauty Along the Kimberley Coast

Tidal currents stir up colorful swirls off the coast of Western Australia.

Published Jun 17, 2024

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South Keeling Atoll
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South Keeling Atoll

This U-shaped series of islets in the Indian Ocean rings a blue-green lagoon of varying depth.

Published Jun 16, 2024

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Remote Tristan da Cunha
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Remote Tristan da Cunha

Life finds ways to survive on this small volcanic island chain that’s way off the beaten path.

Published Jun 15, 2024

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Rainfall Breaks Records in Florida
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Rainfall Breaks Records in Florida

Moisture-laden tropical air brought intense downpours and flooding to the southern part of the state.

Published Jun 12, 2024

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Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast
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Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast

Ice fragments from Greenland and the Arctic form elaborate swirls as they are swept south.

Published Jun 12, 2024

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Heat Scorches U.S. Southwest
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Heat Scorches U.S. Southwest

An early summer heat wave broke temperature records in Nevada, Arizona, and California in June 2024.

Published Jun 10, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Temperature Extremes

Kamchatka at Night
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Kamchatka at Night

Moonlit mountains and illuminated towns highlight geographic features on this sparsely populated Russian peninsula.

Published Jun 9, 2024

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Culebra’s Coral Reefs  
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Culebra’s Coral Reefs  

The remote archipelago is flanked by extensive coral reef areas, but these hubs of biodiversity face a summer of sweltering water temperatures.

Published Jun 8, 2024

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Drought Parches Mexico
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Drought Parches Mexico

Dry weather is putting extra strain on the systems that deliver water to Mexico City.  

Published Jun 7, 2024

Image of the Day Heat Water Drought

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2024

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

Humboldt Glacier’s Demise
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Humboldt Glacier’s Demise

Venezuela is the first postglacial nation in the Andes, as its last substantial patch of ice is now considered too small to flow under its own weight.

Published Jun 7, 2024

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Grass Fire Chars California
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Grass Fire Chars California

Strong winds and ample fuel helped spread flames over 14,000 acres of grassland in San Joaquin County.

Published Jun 5, 2024

Image of the Day Land Fires

Satellite Data Suggest U.S. Methane Emissions Underestimated
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Satellite Data Suggest U.S. Methane Emissions Underestimated

Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas may be higher than previously thought, especially from landfills.

Published Jun 5, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

May Puzzler
Earth Matters

May Puzzler

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

Published May 21, 2024

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

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

Heat

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2024

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
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

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

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

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

Atmosphere Land

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

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

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

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2024

Aerosol Optical Depth

Airborne aerosols can cause or prevent cloud formation and harm human health. These maps depict aerosol concentrations in the air based on how the tiny particles reflect or absorb visible and infrared light.

Atmosphere

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

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

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

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice