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Aussie Smoke Plumes Crossing Oceans
Making a Connection in the Kingdom of Tonga
Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink
Long-Term Drought Parches Chile
Image of the Day Nov 21, 2019

Aussie Smoke Plumes Crossing Oceans

As fires continue to rage in southern and eastern Australia, the smoke has risen high and far across the atmosphere.

NASA Data Helps Assess Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps
Earth Matters

NASA Data Helps Assess Landslide Risk in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Scientists are working to mitigate hazards for people in vulnerable communities.

Published Nov 20, 2019 in Earth Matters

Water Land

Night Vision: Learning from City Lights
EO Kids

Night Vision: Learning from City Lights

All those sparkly lights reveal a lot about where and how people live on Earth – everything from population, to disaster recovery, to where people are celebrating.

Published Nov 20, 2019 in EO Kids

Human Presence Land Life

One Island, Two Perspectives
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One Island, Two Perspectives

Different lens sizes and camera angles provide wildly different views of Madagascar.

Published Nov 15, 2019

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Cloud Streets over the Atlantic
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Cloud Streets over the Atlantic

Cold air moving over relatively warm ocean water produced a pattern of clouds that lined up in organized rows.

Published Nov 14, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Unique Imagery

The Highest Settlement in the World
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The Highest Settlement in the World

There is no running water, no sewage system, and no garbage disposal, but La Rinconada has one resource worth its weight.

Published Nov 14, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Bushfires Still Raging in New South Wales
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Bushfires Still Raging in New South Wales

Fire managers warned of “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen.”

Published Nov 11, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Land Drought Fires Human Presence Remote Sensing

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Detecting Invisible Plant Stress
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Detecting Invisible Plant Stress

A new tool helped detect water-stressed vegetation near some 2019 Amazon rainforest fires.

Published Nov 8, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Water Fires Remote Sensing

Early Season Fires Burning in New South Wales
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Early Season Fires Burning in New South Wales

Dry, hot, windy conditions persist as bushfires burn in the eastern part of the Australian state.

Published Nov 8, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Drought Fires

Taranto City, Southern Italy
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Taranto City, Southern Italy

Italy’s major southern port and naval base has a history dating back to Roman times.

Published Nov 8, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Early November Snow Coats the Midwest
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Early November Snow Coats the Midwest

Several inches have fallen over Minnesota and Iowa in early November.

Published Nov 7, 2019

Land Unique Imagery Snow and Ice

Susquehanna Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay
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Susquehanna Sediment in the Chesapeake Bay

Sediment-rich water flowed down the river after a string of strong thunderstorms hit central Pennsylvania.

Published Nov 7, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence Water Color

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2019

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

Bushfires in New South Wales
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Bushfires in New South Wales

Smoke billowed from a string of bushfires lining the coast of the Australian state.

Published Nov 7, 2019

Land Drought Fires

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Sep 2019

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

Spate of Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean
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Spate of Cyclones in the North Indian Ocean

A series of strong tropical cyclones spun up this year in an area that typically doesn’t see many.

Published Nov 6, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon
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Human Activities Are Drying Out the Amazon

The atmosphere above the rainforest has become drier, increasing the demand for water and leaving ecosystems vulnerable to fires and drought.

Published Nov 6, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Fires Remote Sensing

Fire in Western Australia
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Fire in Western Australia

The late-spring fire follows what has been a dry winter and spring across most of the country.

Published Nov 5, 2019

Land Drought Fires

Haze Smothers Northern India
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Haze Smothers Northern India

Air pollution has reached hazardous levels in some areas.

Published Nov 4, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Dust and Haze Fires Human Presence

Retreat Begins at Taku Glacier
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Retreat Begins at Taku Glacier

For half a century, it has been the one known Alaskan glacier to withstand the effects of climate change—until now.

Published Nov 4, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
Article

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies

Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.

Published Jun 24, 2014

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

The Many Meanders of the Juruá
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The Many Meanders of the Juruá

Heavy sediment loads play a role in making it one of the most sinuous rivers in the Amazon Basin.

Published Nov 4, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water

Bolivia’s Sandy Rivers
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Bolivia’s Sandy Rivers

The winter season is often hot and dry, leading rivers to dry up and become vulnerable to aeolian processes.

Published Nov 1, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Before the Leaves Fall
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Before the Leaves Fall

Beneath a collection of contrails, colorful foliage spreads across a mountain landscape in the eastern U.S.

Published Nov 1, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere

Palu Landslides Linked to Rice Irrigation
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Palu Landslides Linked to Rice Irrigation

An earthquake in Indonesia made the land flow like mud in a place where science previously said it shouldn't.

Published Nov 1, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing Earthquakes

A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween
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A Transylvanian Transect for Halloween

ICESat-2 collected some perspective on the legendary landscape of Vlad and Dracula.

Published Oct 31, 2019

Image of the Day Land Unique Imagery Human Presence Remote Sensing

Kincade Fire Grows Overnight
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Kincade Fire Grows Overnight

The eastern part of the fire was active overnight, expanding the burned area to 76,000 acres.

Published Oct 30, 2019

Land Fires Remote Sensing

Oleshky Sands
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Oleshky Sands

The semi-arid desert in Ukraine is Europe’s second-largest expanse of sand.

Published Oct 30, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Earth at Night
Article

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

Strong Gusts Spread the Kincade Fire
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Strong Gusts Spread the Kincade Fire

Fierce Diablo winds helped fan flames, which have consumed more than 75,000 acres.

Published Oct 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land Fires Remote Sensing

Beauty Carved by Nature’s Violence
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Beauty Carved by Nature’s Violence

Ash, pumice, and steam shaped the landscape around Katmai and Novarupta.

Published Oct 25, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Sep 2019

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

Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy
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Massive Muddy Tides in the Bay of Fundy

High tides in the funnel-shaped bay are anything but a bore when they collide with river water flowing in the opposite direction.

Published Oct 25, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water

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

EO On This Day
Article

EO On This Day

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Published Sep 24, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

Earth — A Photo-Essay
Article

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 Aug 28, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Mission: Biomes
Article

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

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Sep 2019

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

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
Article

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space

There is no award for completing the hike from Mexico to Canada through the western United States. But it is clear from the ground and space that the journey through 48 wilderness areas and demanding terrain will change you.

Published Aug 1, 2019

Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
Article

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA

Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans, and multicolored landscapes come to life on the pages of NASA’s new photo essay Earth, a collection of dramatic images captured by satellites.

Published Jun 4, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory
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20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory

Our world is constantly changing. We have evolved with it.

Published May 7, 2019

Videos

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