Antarctica Eclipsed
Image of the Day Dec 7, 2021

Antarctica Eclipsed

The only total solar eclipse of 2021 was visible from Antarctica, where the Moon blotted out the Sun for nearly two minutes.
Spain’s Changing Mediterranean Coastline
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Spain’s Changing Mediterranean Coastline

Starved of its sediment supply, the Ebro Delta faces erosion and subsidence, along with rising seas and more frequent and intense storms.

Published Dec 6, 2021

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Lake Berryessa
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Lake Berryessa

The reservoir provides water for Napa wine country and for cities in Northern California.

Published Dec 5, 2021

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Mount Michael, Volcano Track or Plume?
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Mount Michael, Volcano Track or Plume?

The nearly 1,000-meter-tall volcano in the South Sandwich Islands frequently finds a way to put on a show.

Published Dec 4, 2021

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Mapping Marine Microplastics
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Mapping Marine Microplastics

Researchers used satellite data to detect and track masses of plastic floating in the ocean.

Published Dec 3, 2021

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Venice Holds Back the Adriatic Sea
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Venice Holds Back the Adriatic Sea

A long-awaited system of movable floodgates is starting to protect the city from the highest tides.

Published Dec 2, 2021

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Tidal Vortices in the Sea of Okhotsk
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Tidal Vortices in the Sea of Okhotsk

Strong tides create laminar and turbulent flow patterns in waters off far eastern Russia.

Published Dec 1, 2021

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Leaf Hunting in Japan
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Leaf Hunting in Japan

Momijiari can last into early December in the country’s southern regions.

Published Nov 30, 2021

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Silting the Cold Sea
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Silting the Cold Sea

Greenland’s glaciers grind rock into a fine powder that discolors meltwater and often makes beautiful patterns as it mixes with seawater.

Published Nov 29, 2021

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A Seasonal Emerald in the Sahel
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A Seasonal Emerald in the Sahel

The Inland Delta of the Niger River is one of the world’s most productive wetlands.

Published Nov 28, 2021

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Indonesia’s Twin Peaks
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Indonesia’s Twin Peaks

Mount Sundoro and Mount Sumbing are symmetrical, cone-shaped peaks in Central Java.

Published Nov 27, 2021

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Namib Sand Sea
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Namib Sand Sea

The oldest desert on Earth also gives rise to some of the planet’s tallest dunes.

Published Nov 26, 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

Paleozoic Plymouths
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Paleozoic Plymouths

Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Plymouth, England, share a historical connection even older than the first Thanksgiving.

Published Nov 25, 2021

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Turkey’s Cotton Castle
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Turkey’s Cotton Castle

The hot springs at Pamukkale, Turkey, have produced the world’s largest deposit of travertine.

Published Nov 24, 2021

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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

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2021

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

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

November Puzzler
Earth Matters

November Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Nov 16, 2021

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2021

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

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

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

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

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2021

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

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

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Oct 2021

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.

Heat

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

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

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