Derecho Darkens Houston
Image of the Day May 23, 2024

Derecho Darkens Houston

Destructive winds left many people in the most populous city in Texas without power.
White and Black Volcanoes of Saudi Arabia
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White and Black Volcanoes of Saudi Arabia

Contrasting colors of lava and ash reveal the geologic origins of Harrat Khaybar’s volcanic cones.

Published May 22, 2024

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May Puzzler
Earth Matters

May Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us the location of the satellite image and why it is interesting.

Published May 21, 2024

Dusty Spring in the Tarim Basin
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Dusty Spring in the Tarim Basin

Strong winds kicked up sand and dust from China’s vast Taklimakan Desert.

Published May 20, 2024

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Orce’s Archaeological Wonderland
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Orce’s Archaeological Wonderland

Ancient hominin fossils lie beneath the sandy soils on the outskirts of this village in southern Spain.  

Published May 20, 2024

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Farming on Fertile Land in France
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Farming on Fertile Land in France

Farmers grow a variety of crops along river floodplains near Lyon.

Published May 19, 2024

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Montgomery Reef Revealed
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Montgomery Reef Revealed

Large tidal swings expose a plateau-shaped reef around Australia’s Yawajaba island at low tide.  

Published May 18, 2024

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Shasta Lake Fills Up Again
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Shasta Lake Fills Up Again

For the second year in a row, California’s largest reservoir filled to nearly 100 percent capacity.

Published May 17, 2024

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Citizen Scientists Capture Brilliant Photos of the Aurora
Earth Matters

Citizen Scientists Capture Brilliant Photos of the Aurora

Participants in NASA's Aurorasaurus project captured these images during the May 2024 geomagnetic storm. 

Published May 15, 2024

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

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

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 2024

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

Colorful Celtic Sea
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Colorful Celtic Sea

Satellites captured an expansive blue and green phytoplankton bloom in the waters off France.

Published May 14, 2024

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Smoke and Fire in British Columbia
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Smoke and Fire in British Columbia

Unusually early and intense fires are spreading rapidly amid drought and high winds.

Published May 13, 2024

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Snow Cover
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Apr 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

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Apr 2024

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

Hurricanes Have Left Their Mark on Louisiana’s Wetlands
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Hurricanes Have Left Their Mark on Louisiana’s Wetlands

Scientists have been tracking how strong storms have eaten into the Gulf state’s coastline.

Published May 13, 2024

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Sundown and Lights Up Over the U.S. Northeast
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Sundown and Lights Up Over the U.S. Northeast

As sunlight waned, the glow of artificial light revealed patterns of urbanization along the populous corridor.

Published May 12, 2024

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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

Water Levels Plunge in Philippine Reservoir
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Water Levels Plunge in Philippine Reservoir

Searing temperatures and little rain reduced water levels of Pantabangan Lake, one of the country’s largest reservoirs.

Published May 11, 2024

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Springtime in the Deciduous Forest
Notes from the Field

Springtime in the Deciduous Forest

Using instruments old and new, scientists collected data as leaves emerged across a deciduous forest in Edgewater, Maryland.

Published May 6, 2024

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

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

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

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

Atmosphere Land

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

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 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.

Heat Land

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

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

Land Surface Temperature
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 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