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Another Accountant for the Energy Budget
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Another Accountant for the Energy Budget

The CERES FM6 instrument measures the solar energy absorbed and reflected by Earth, the heat the planet emits into space, and the role of clouds in that process.

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Measuring Earth’s Albedo
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Measuring Earth’s Albedo

The global picture of how Earth reflects sunlight is a muddle, though several regional trends emerge.

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The Top of the Atmosphere
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The Top of the Atmosphere

Atmospheric gases scatter blue wavelengths of visible light more than other wavelengths, giving the Earth’s visible edge a blue halo. At higher and higher altitudes, the atmosphere becomes so thin that it essentially ceases to exist. Gradually, the atmospheric halo fades into the blackness of space. This astronaut photograph captured on July 20, 2006, shows a nearly translucent moon emerging from behind the halo.

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3-D Data from ICESat
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3-D Data from ICESat

Orbiting the Earth at nearly 17,000 miles per hour, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) is collecting spectacular new three-dimensional measurements of the Earth's surface and atmosphere.

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Terra Turns Ten: Snow, Clouds, and Sunlight
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Terra Turns Ten: Snow, Clouds, and Sunlight

This trio of global maps from NASA’s Terra satellite from November 2009 illustrates how snow and clouds make Earth more reflective.

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Mapping Fireballs
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Mapping Fireballs

Over 20 years, more than 550 small asteroids streaked across our skies.

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