Antelope Valley Abloom
Image of the Day Apr 15, 2024

Antelope Valley Abloom

Poppies are sparse, but yellow wildflowers are blooming in Southern California.
Towering Brandberg
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Towering Brandberg

This reddish “burning mountain” of granite is the highest point in Namibia.

Published Apr 14, 2024

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A “Surprisingly Average” Year for Sierra Snowpack
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A “Surprisingly Average” Year for Sierra Snowpack

The amount of snow in the California-Nevada mountain range was about average in April 2024—a rare occurrence.

Published Apr 12, 2024

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Drawdown of Klamath River Reservoirs
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Drawdown of Klamath River Reservoirs

Human-made lakes along the western U.S. river were drained as part of the world’s largest dam removal project to date.

Published Apr 11, 2024

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Total Solar Eclipse Darkens North America
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Total Solar Eclipse Darkens North America

Satellites gathered striking views of the Moon’s shadow from above as observers on the ground were awed by the Sun’s corona.

Published Apr 9, 2024

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Dublin’s Urban Expansion
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Dublin’s Urban Expansion

Images spanning four decades show how buildings and blacktop have spread into Ireland’s countryside.

Published Apr 9, 2024

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Hazy Skies in a Growing City
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Hazy Skies in a Growing City

Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand popular with tourists, faces seasonal spikes in air pollution.  

Published Apr 8, 2024

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Reading a Snowy Landscape
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Reading a Snowy Landscape

Distinct textures stand out in this winter scene around Bositeng Lake in China’s Xinjiang region.

Published Apr 7, 2024

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Is the Wilkins Ice Shelf Weakening?
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Is the Wilkins Ice Shelf Weakening?

Signs of structural weaknesses may signal a shift in this Antarctic ice shelf’s stability.

Published Apr 6, 2024

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Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 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

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

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Feb 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

Blowing in the Patagonian Wind
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Blowing in the Patagonian Wind

Strong winds that race across Lago Colhué Huapi have exposed ancient artifacts amid the dusty surface.  

Published Apr 4, 2024

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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.

Atmosphere

Fresh Flows Spread Across Iceland
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Fresh Flows Spread Across Iceland

The latest fissure eruption on Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula was the largest of four recent bouts of activity near the town of Grindavík.

Published Apr 3, 2024

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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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Fire in Southern Mexico
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Fire in Southern Mexico

More than 100 active fires burned across the country in late-March 2024, including this blaze near the border of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Published Apr 2, 2024

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Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Sep 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.

Life Water

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

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

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

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Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jan 2024

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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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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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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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

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

Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jun 2000 — Feb 2024

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

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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