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Earth Awash in Lights of the Night
Fires Scar Northern Botswana
Alluvial Fan, Taklimakan Desert
Mountains of Fall Color
Image of the Day Oct 23, 2018

Earth Awash in Lights of the Night

City lights sprawl across Earth’s surface below a constant glow in the upper atmosphere.

Dust Streams from Southwestern Africa
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Dust Streams from Southwestern Africa

Skies in Alexander Bay darkened as the cloud of dust moved past.

Published Oct 22, 2018

Atmosphere Dust and Haze

The New UN Climate Report in One Sentence
Earth Observatory Blogs

The New UN Climate Report in One Sentence

Many parts of the world are already seeing rising sea levels, hotter temperatures, more extreme precipitation and droughts, more acidic oceans, and faster rates of extinctions.

Published Oct 19, 2018 in Earth Matters

The Geologic Wonder of the Neuquén Basin
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The Geologic Wonder of the Neuquén Basin

The distinctive sedimentary rock formations in west-central Argentina make for a geological and paleontological wonderland.

Published Oct 19, 2018

Image of the Day Land

Smart Phones Bring Smart Irrigation
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Smart Phones Bring Smart Irrigation

A project using NASA satellite data helps reduce overwatering and enhances crop yields for Pakistani farmers.

Published Oct 18, 2018

Image of the Day Land Life Water Remote Sensing

Glacier Flour in Greenland Skies
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Glacier Flour in Greenland Skies

Satellites captured a rare image of a plume of dusty glacial flour streaming from eastern Greenland.

Published Oct 17, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land

Lights Out in Michael’s Wake
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Lights Out in Michael’s Wake

The powerful storm knocked out power across the southeast U.S., as seen by a NOAA-NASA satellite.

Published Oct 16, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Severe Storms Human Presence

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

Sediment Stirred Up by Michael
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Sediment Stirred Up by Michael

The potent storm has discolored the Gulf of Mexico near Florida and Alabama.

Published Oct 15, 2018

Land Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Autumn Comes to Ogden
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Autumn Comes to Ogden

Deciduous trees in northern Utah paint the mountains in shades of red, orange, yellow, and purple.

Published Oct 15, 2018

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Bounty of the Pacific Northwest
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Bounty of the Pacific Northwest

The area around the two Vancouvers is rich in natural beauty and resources.

Published Oct 14, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Snow and Ice

Cyclones Luban and Titli
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Cyclones Luban and Titli

Luban is the third cyclone to develop in the Arabian Sea in 2018.

Published Oct 13, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Jan 2000 — Oct 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

Snow Cover
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

Snow Cover

Snow and ice influences 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

Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps May 2002 — Aug 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

Ten Things to Know About Terra as the Long-Lived Satellite Surpasses 100,000 Orbits
Earth Observatory Blogs

Ten Things to Know About Terra as the Long-Lived Satellite Surpasses 100,000 Orbits

If there’s ever a satellite that deserves an award for longevity, it's Terra.

Published Oct 12, 2018 in Earth Matters

Hurricane Michael Reaches North Carolina
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Hurricane Michael Reaches North Carolina

Since making landfall, the storm has caused severe property damage and deaths in the southeastern United States, with more damage expected.

Published Oct 12, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Severe Storms Human Presence

Florida Slammed by Hurricane Michael
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Florida Slammed by Hurricane Michael

The category 4 storm is believed to be the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Florida Panhandle.

Published Oct 11, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Severe Storms

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

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

Hurricane Michael Heads for Florida
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Hurricane Michael Heads for Florida

The U.S. state that receives more direct hits from hurricanes than any other prepared for yet another one.

Published Oct 10, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

The Carbon Cycle
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The Carbon Cycle

Carbon flows between the atmosphere, land, and ocean in a cycle that encompasses nearly all life and sets the thermostat for Earth's climate. By burning fossil fuels, people are changing the carbon cycle with far-reaching consequences.

Published Jun 16, 2011

Atmosphere Land

Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland
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Flood Basalts on Mars and Iceland

A team of NASA scientists headed to Holuhraun because the volcano has geologic cousins on Mars.

Published Oct 9, 2018

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Cloud Streets Near Antarctica
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Cloud Streets Near Antarctica

Cold air blows over warmer water to produce thin, parallel lines of clouds.

Published Oct 8, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Snow and Ice

Fire
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

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

Shining Light on the Upper Peninsula
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Shining Light on the Upper Peninsula

The upper reaches of Michigan are rich in natural resources, with more emphasis on the “nature” these days.

Published Oct 7, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa
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An Outflow Boundary—Not a Jellyfish—Over Africa

The peculiar curved shape of this cloud over Mali is the product of a phenomenon associated with thunderstorms.

Published Oct 6, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere

First Photons from ICESat-2
Earth Observatory Blogs

First Photons from ICESat-2

A new mission to monitor Earth’s changing ice fired its laser for the first time and returned its first height measurements from across the Antarctic ice sheet.

Published Oct 5, 2018 in Earth Matters

Early Warnings for Crop Failures
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Early Warnings for Crop Failures

The GEOGLAM Crop Monitor for Early Warning provides science-driven alerts for countries that may be in danger of low crop yields.

Published Oct 5, 2018

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Rosa’s Rainfall
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Rosa’s Rainfall

Remnants of Hurricane Rosa delivered heavy rain and caused flash floods in northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

Published Oct 4, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water

Devastation in Palu After Earthquake, Tsunami
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Devastation in Palu After Earthquake, Tsunami

Sobering satellite views reveal massive damage on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Published Oct 3, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing Earthquakes

Landslides in Hokkaido
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Landslides in Hokkaido

A powerful earthquake triggered hundreds of landslides on the Japanese island.

Published Oct 2, 2018

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

New Tools to Boost Access to NASA Earth Science Data
Earth Observatory Blogs

New Tools to Boost Access to NASA Earth Science Data

NASA has funded five new projects to develop tools and technology to make the agency’s massive Earth science datasets more accessible and user-friendly.

Published Oct 1, 2018 in Earth Matters

Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago
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Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

About half of this archipelago in the Russian high Arctic is covered in ice.

Published Oct 1, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water Snow and Ice

Savai‘i and Upolu in Sunglint
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Savai‘i and Upolu in Sunglint

Samoa’s two largest islands, made by volcanoes, have productive reefs and fertile soils.

Published Sep 30, 2018

Image of the Day Land Water

Typhoon Trami Takes Aim at Japan
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Typhoon Trami Takes Aim at Japan

As the storm turns toward Japan, the country’s meteorological agency warns of the potential for heavy winds, rain, landslides, and flooding.

Published Sep 29, 2018

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms Human Presence

Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2018 Minimum
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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches 2018 Minimum

The ice cap tied for the sixth lowest extent on record, continuing a long-term decline.

Published Sep 28, 2018

Image of the Day Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Walking on Venezuela’s Last Glacier
Earth Observatory Blogs

Walking on Venezuela’s Last Glacier

Carsten Braun last surveyed Humboldt Glacier in 2015. He talked about what it was like to stand on Venezuela’s last glacier.

Published Sep 27, 2018 in Earth Matters

Urban Growth of New Delhi
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Urban Growth of New Delhi

Croplands and grasslands around New Delhi are being converted into city structures to create one of the fastest urban expansions in the world.

Published Sep 27, 2018

Image of the Day Human Presence Remote Sensing

September Puzzler
Earth Observatory Blogs

September Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at and why this place is interesting.

Published Sep 26, 2018 in Earth Matters

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion
Article

Padma River: The Shape of Erosion

From 1988 to the present, Landsat satellites have seen changes in shape, size, and position of the Padma River in Bangladesh. View the river's transformations over the past three decades.

Published Aug 21, 2018

Land Water

World of Change: Padma River
Article

World of Change: Padma River

One of the major rivers of Bangladesh has been growing in size, transforming in shape, and changing in location for decades. Each twist and zigzag of the river tells a different geologic story about the power of erosion.

Published Jul 31, 2018

Land Water Remote Sensing World of Change

Patriotic Places from Orbit
Article

Patriotic Places from Orbit

On July 4, United States citizens celebrate the nation’s independence. EO does the same by visiting five places with historical significance.

Published Jul 3, 2018

Land Videos

Kilauea From Orbit
Article

Kilauea From Orbit

In early May 2018, an eruption on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began to unfold. Here’s what satellites saw in the first few weeks of the eruption.

Published Jun 13, 2018

Atmosphere Land Videos

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 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

April 2018 Highlights
Article

April 2018 Highlights

Astronauts regularly shoot photographs of their earthly home. In celebration of National Astronaut Day, NASA Earth Observatory presents some recent eye-catchers from the International Space Station.

Published May 4, 2018

Land Water Snow and Ice Videos