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Growth of a Summer Storm
2019 Was the Second Warmest Year on Record
Major Dust Storm Sweeps Across Australia
Sulfur Spews from Taal
Image of the Day Jan 17, 2020

Growth of a Summer Storm

Afternoon thunderstorms are a typical phenomenon during summer in Western Australia.

Tweeting the Extreme Summer Down Under
Earth Matters

Tweeting the Extreme Summer Down Under

More jaw-dropping images of the extreme weather in Australia have come in from astronauts and satellites.

Published Jan 16, 2020 in Earth Matters

Heat Atmosphere

Sandscapes of the Namib Desert
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Sandscapes of the Namib Desert

Sand dunes and outcrops add color and dimension across the Namib Sand Sea.

Published Jan 11, 2020

Image of the Day Land Remote Sensing

Smoky Australian Skies
Earth Matters

Smoky Australian Skies

As satellites track Australian wildfire smoke from above, GLOBE Observer citizen scientists have been keeping tabs on hazy skies from the ground.

Published Jan 10, 2020 in Earth Matters

Atmosphere Heat

The Colorado Rockies
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The Colorado Rockies

An astronaut captured this view of the Front Range, the San Juan Mountains, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Published Jan 10, 2020

Image of the Day Land

Iceland’s Volcanic Glacier
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Iceland’s Volcanic Glacier

Skeiðarárjökull is known for flooding caused by volcanic eruptions underneath the ice.

Published Jan 10, 2020

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Fires Ravage Kangaroo Island
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Fires Ravage Kangaroo Island

Nearly one-third of the island appears to have burned.

Published Jan 9, 2020

Land Life Drought Fires

Explosive Fire Activity in Australia
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Explosive Fire Activity in Australia

Fires are burning so fiercely that they are lofting smoke to unusual heights.

Published Jan 9, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Drought Fires Remote Sensing

A Dusty Journey
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A Dusty Journey

Satellite observations show how far winds normally spread North African dust particles before rain and gravity pull them down to the ocean.

Published Jan 8, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Remote Sensing

January Puzzler
Earth Matters

January Puzzler

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

Published Jan 7, 2020 in Earth Matters

Torrential Rains Flood Indonesia
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Torrential Rains Flood Indonesia

In January 2020, Jakarta experienced its worst rainfall in more than a decade.

Published Jan 7, 2020

Image of the Day Water Floods Remote Sensing

A Day in the Life
Notes from the Field

A Day in the Life

When it comes to getting around in Antarctica, McMurdo Station is like an off road testing facility of continental-sized proportions.

Published Jan 7, 2020 in Notes From the Field

ICONic Views of the Atmosphere
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ICONic Views of the Atmosphere

At the boundary between Earth and space, particles and gases and energy do an intricate and colorful dance that varies daily.

Published Jan 6, 2020

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Fires and Smoke Engulf Southeastern Australia
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Fires and Smoke Engulf Southeastern Australia

As predicted, the weekend brought extreme fire weather.

Published Jan 6, 2020

Atmosphere Heat Land Drought Fires

Desert Contrasts in Chad
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Desert Contrasts in Chad

Geologically young, dark lava flows stand out from older, lighter rocks and the sands of the central Sahara.

Published Jan 3, 2020

Image of the Day Land

Traces of Australia on New Zealand Glaciers
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Traces of Australia on New Zealand Glaciers

Carried by the wind, dust and ash particles from Australia have painted some South Island glaciers with a brown-orange tint.

Published Jan 3, 2020

Image of the Day Dust and Haze Snow and Ice

Happy New Year from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Notes from the Field

Happy New Year from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

The coolest thing about spending the New Year at the South Pole is the ceremony to place a geodetic benchmark on the geographic South Pole, or 90°S.

Published Jan 3, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

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

Greetings from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
Notes from the Field

Greetings from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Scientists prepare for the third Antarctic traverse, where they will collect ground-based data to validate elevation measurements from NASA's ICESat-2 satellite.

Published Jan 2, 2020 in Notes From the Field

Snow and Ice

Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia
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Thick Smoke Blankets Southeastern Australia

Fires keep raging through an intense and deadly fire season.

Published Jan 2, 2020

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Land Drought Fires

More Fun Than a BARREL of Electrons
Notes from the Field

More Fun Than a BARREL of Electrons

While everyone waits for the ball to drop in Times Square, scientists are working to send balloons up in Antarctica.

Published Dec 31, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Salt, Oil, and Fruit from Mossoró
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Salt, Oil, and Fruit from Mossoró

The signs of economic activity around this Brazilian city are easy to see from space.

Published Dec 31, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Southern California Snow
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Southern California Snow

A fast-moving storm dropped a heavy dose of winter—and even a tornado—on the region.

Published Dec 31, 2019

Image of the Day Severe Storms Snow and Ice

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2019

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.

Heat Land

Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba
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Water Levels Keep Falling at Lake Kariba

The world’s largest reservoir now stands at its lowest level since 1996.

Published Dec 30, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Drought

Where the Dunes End
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Where the Dunes End

Namibia’s sea of sand is bounded on its northern side by the impermanent Kuiseb River.

Published Dec 30, 2019

Image of the Day Land

A Peninsula of Pocosin
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A Peninsula of Pocosin

The rare type of freshwater bog shares space with red wolves and bomb targets on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in North Carolina.

Published Dec 27, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Frozen Moonrise
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Frozen Moonrise

The winter scene includes icy shorelines and frozen landscapes around Hudson Bay under thin, wrinkled clouds.

Published Dec 26, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

A GOLDen Look at the Ionosphere
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A GOLDen Look at the Ionosphere

Satellites are shedding new light on the invisible processes and rhythms at play at the intersection between Earth and space.

Published Dec 24, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Remote Sensing

Lanzarote’s Lunar-Like Landscape
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Lanzarote’s Lunar-Like Landscape

The dry, volcanic terrain of this Canary Island is suitable for lichen and crops … and for training astronauts.

Published Dec 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Roads for Ships
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Roads for Ships

The deep channels through Hampton Roads have made the surrounding cities important hubs of shipping, trade, and defense.

Published Dec 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2019

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

Marree Man
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Marree Man

It is unclear who created the giant geoglyph or why, but the large earthen figure has drawn attention to a remote part of South Australia for two decades.

Published Dec 23, 2019

Image of the Day Human Presence

Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 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

Folklore and Science Meet at Tiwi
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Folklore and Science Meet at Tiwi

Myths about these Australian islands seem to provide an ancient explanation for sea level rise.

Published Dec 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

December Puzzler
Earth Matters

December Puzzler

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

Published Dec 23, 2019 in Earth Matters

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

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
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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

Best of 2019
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Best of 2019

2019 brought many memorable events on Planet Earth. Here are a few highlights from around the globe.

Published Dec 20, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Videos

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

Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above
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Tracking Amazon Deforestation from Above

Satellites have played a key role in monitoring and reducing the rate of deforestation in the rainforest.

Published Dec 19, 2019

Image of the Day Land Fires Remote Sensing

Rivers in Glint, Southern Brazil
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Rivers in Glint, Southern Brazil

Sunlight highlights details around Rio Paraná, Rio Tiete, and Rio Paranapanema.

Published Dec 19, 2019

Image of the Day Land

Net Primary Productivity
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 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

Eye of the SuperTIGER
Notes from the Field

Eye of the SuperTIGER

Scientists in Antarctica launched a balloon-borne instrument to help them find out how the solar system was made.

Published Dec 18, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Oct 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

Terra Turns Twenty
Earth Matters

Terra Turns Twenty

Satellites like Terra have given scientists a detailed view of Earth that didn't exist 20 years ago.

Published Dec 18, 2019 in Earth Matters

The Island Named After a Satellite
Article

The Island Named After a Satellite

It measures about half the size of a football field and it is so small that you cannot see it on Google maps. This barren bit of rock off the coast of Canada has an unusual namesake: the Landsat 1 satellite. Hear about the discovery in the words of the woman who found it in satellite imagery.

Published Oct 23, 2019

Land Videos

EO On This Day
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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

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 Aug 28, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
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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