Shrinking Glaciers and Growing Lakes
Image of the Day Oct 18, 2021

Shrinking Glaciers and Growing Lakes

As temperatures rise on the Tibetan Plateau, lakes are growing larger and deeper.
Folds of the Bighorn Basin
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Folds of the Bighorn Basin

Red rocks and complex geology are distinctive features of this physiographic region in Wyoming and Montana.

Published Oct 17, 2021

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Truly Giant Cuttlefish in False Bay
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Truly Giant Cuttlefish in False Bay

Spencer Gulf in South Australia hosts the world’s largest cuttlefish mass spawning event.

Published Oct 16, 2021

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Waiting to Unload
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Waiting to Unload

The pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and markets in ways that have led to backlogs of cargo ships at key ports.

Published Oct 15, 2021

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Auroras Announce the Solar Cycle
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Auroras Announce the Solar Cycle

The 25th cycle is underway, and it brings more frequent opportunities to see the northern lights and southern lights.

Published Oct 14, 2021

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Superbolts Carry Super Power
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Superbolts Carry Super Power

Scientists reveal details of a rare type of lightning that stretches into space.

Published Oct 12, 2021

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Autumn in Sault Ste. Marie
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Autumn in Sault Ste. Marie

The oldest city in North America’s Great Lakes region is surrounded by areas of stunning seasonal color.

Published Oct 11, 2021

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Sipping Snow in the Sierras
EO Kids

Sipping Snow in the Sierras

Explore how snowmelt becomes water and do a cool experiment to find out how much water snow leaves behind when it melts.

Published Oct 10, 2021

Snow and Ice Water Human Presence

Eruption Continues at La Palma
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Eruption Continues at La Palma

Cumbre Vieja volcano is making its presence felt from above and below.

Published Oct 9, 2021

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The Fish Farms of Hainan Island
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The Fish Farms of Hainan Island

The southern coasts of this Chinese island are lined with tropical beaches, while the inner bays are lined with floating fishing villages.

Published Oct 9, 2021

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A Record-Breaking Year for Fire in Sakha
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A Record-Breaking Year for Fire in Sakha

Fires burned 8.4 million hectares in the eastern Russian republic.

Published Oct 8, 2021

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How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
Article

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

Satellites View California Oil Spill
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Satellites View California Oil Spill

Satellite imagers can make oil spills easier to detect in open water.

Published Oct 7, 2021

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A Multi-Dimensional Fire Challenge
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A Multi-Dimensional Fire Challenge

Accumulating fuels and rising populations are contributing to California’s large, destructive fires.

Published Oct 5, 2021

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Ash and Cloud Rings Over La Palma
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Ash and Cloud Rings Over La Palma

As the Cumbre Vieja eruption continued into its second week, satellites captured images of some remarkable moments in the skies above the volcano.

Published Oct 5, 2021

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning
Notes from the Field

Unraveling the Mysteries of Arctic Greening and Browning

Following caribou and brown bear trails when possible, a small NASA-supported research team trekked 800 miles across Alaska’s Brooks Range in summer 2021.

Published Oct 5, 2021

Land

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

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2021

Vegetation

Greenness is an important indicator of health for forests, grasslands, and farms. The greenness of a landscape, or vegetation index, depends on the number and type of plants, how leafy they are, and how healthy they are.

Land Life

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

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jun 2021

Water Vapor

These maps show the average amount of water vapor in a column of atmosphere by month. Water vapor is the key precursor for rain and snow and one of the most important greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere

The Road to Vandenberg
Notes from the Field

The Road to Vandenberg

One of the CubeSats launching with Landsat 9 is the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector (CuPID), which will image the boundary where Earth’s magnetic field interacts with the Sun’s.

Published Sep 24, 2021

Land

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

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Apr 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

Landsat 9 to Further NASA’s Food Security Missions
Notes from the Field

Landsat 9 to Further NASA’s Food Security Missions

Landsat satellites have enabled numerous applications in diverse fields, including the monitoring of global agriculture and food security applications.

Published Sep 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

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