Suspended Sediments Streak a Shallow Gulf
Image of the Day Jan 29, 2022

Suspended Sediments Streak a Shallow Gulf

High tides and strong currents keep sediment on the move in India’s Gulf of Khambhat.
Coloring the South Atlantic
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Coloring the South Atlantic

At a place where seven different water masses meet, the waters are teeming with phytoplankton and fish.

Published Jan 27, 2022

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Looking for Lightning, Finding Fireballs
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Looking for Lightning, Finding Fireballs

Researchers are using data from weather satellites to detect meteors entering Earth’s atmosphere.

Published Jan 27, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Remote Sensing

EO January 2022 Puzzler
Earth Matters

EO January 2022 Puzzler

Can you solve this month's satellite mystery?

Published Jan 25, 2022

Dust Storm Envelops the Arabian Sea
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Dust Storm Envelops the Arabian Sea

The size of the plume was remarkable, as was its unusual path.

Published Jan 25, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Dust and Haze

Mapping Methane Emissions from Fossil Fuel Exploitation
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Mapping Methane Emissions from Fossil Fuel Exploitation

Scientists track the sources of 97 million metric tons of methane emissions.

Published Jan 25, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

Winter on the Roof of the World
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Winter on the Roof of the World

With an average elevation of 4500 meters above sea level, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is one of Earth’s highest geographic features.

Published Jan 23, 2022

Image of the Day Land

Guishan Island
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Guishan Island

The island off the northeast coast of Taiwan is surrounded by dozens of hydrothermal vents.

Published Jan 22, 2022

Image of the Day Land

Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai
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Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai

NASA scientists have been closely watching the evolution of the volcanic island near Tonga since 2015.

Published Jan 21, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Volcanoes Remote Sensing

Ice Age Canadian Lakes
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Ice Age Canadian Lakes

The lakes, wetlands, and glacial landscape of Manitoba were shaped by glaciers and ice sheets.

Published Jan 21, 2022

Image of the Day Water

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2021

Fire

Whether started by humans (farming, logging, or accidents) or by nature (lightning), fires are always burning somewhere on Earth. These maps show the locations of fires burning around the world each month.

Land

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2021

Cloud Fraction

In addition to making rain and snow, clouds can have a warming or cooling influence depending on their altitude, type, and when they form. These maps show what fraction of an area was cloudy each month.

Atmosphere

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Nov 2021

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

Interning at 40,000 Feet: The NASA Student Airborne Research Program Experience
Notes from the Field

Interning at 40,000 Feet: The NASA Student Airborne Research Program Experience

For students who want to take atmospheric science as literally as possible, it doesn’t get much better than flying in a NASA aircraft.

Published Jan 20, 2022

Atmosphere

Dust Storm Engulfs Canary Islands
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Dust Storm Engulfs Canary Islands

The event, known locally as “la calima,” turned skies orange and degraded air quality in Gran Canaria and neighboring islands.

Published Jan 19, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Dust and Haze

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

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai Erupts
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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai Erupts

Several Earth-observing satellites collected data during and after the potent blast spurred a tsunami and lofted volcanic material high into the stratosphere.

Published Jan 18, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Water Volcanoes Human Presence Remote Sensing

Two Decades of Change at Toshka Lakes
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Two Decades of Change at Toshka Lakes

The rise and fall of these basins depend on fluctuations in the flow of the Nile River.

Published Jan 18, 2022

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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

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

Great Lakes Cloud Streets
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Great Lakes Cloud Streets

Winter winds can create long, thin cloud bands that stretch hundreds of kilometers across the sky.

Published Jan 17, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Cloud Challenge 2022
Earth Matters

Cloud Challenge 2022

The public is invited to help NASA investigate clouds during this GLOBE program challenge.

Published Jan 14, 2022

Climate Indicators

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Nov 2021

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

NASA To Launch Four Earth Science Missions in 2022
Earth Matters

NASA To Launch Four Earth Science Missions in 2022

The new missions will examine fundamental climate systems and processes, including extreme storms, surface water and oceans, and atmospheric dust.

Published Dec 30, 2021

Falling for the Colors
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Falling for the Colors

As green chlorophyll fades from trees and plants each autumn, other pigments color the Earth’s landscapes. Satellites take leaf-peeping to a whole new level.

Published Oct 26, 2021

Land Life

Tournament Earth: The Landsat Games
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Tournament Earth: The Landsat Games

50 Years. 9 million scenes. One champion.

Published Sep 7, 2021

Land Water Human Presence Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach
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NASA Earth Observatory Goes to the Beach

Summer is beach season in the northern hemisphere. But even if you're a regular at your local swimming hole, you probably haven't seen too many beaches from this perspective. See the satellite and space-station views of various shorelines from across the United States. No sunblock necessary.

Published Jul 22, 2021

Land Videos

A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere
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A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere

Clouds can be a nuisance when scientists are trying to observe features on Earth's surface. But at other times, clouds are exactly what they want to see. These images highlight some of the more unusual and beautiful clouds observed in recent years from space.

Published Jun 21, 2021

Atmosphere Remote Sensing

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

EO Explorer
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EO Explorer

Since 1999, Earth Observatory has published images and stories from all over our planet. Now you can explore more than 11,000 images in a different way: by location.

Published Jun 2, 2021

Land Water Remote Sensing

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

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 Apr 28, 2021

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing