Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu
Image of the Day Jul 24, 2024

Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu

The Pacific island has a storied past in the study of atoll formation and a tenuous future as it adapts to sea level rise.
July Puzzler
Earth Matters

July Puzzler

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

Published Jul 23, 2024

Peering into the Pits of Telfer Mine
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Peering into the Pits of Telfer Mine

One of the most productive gold mines in Australia lies in the Great Sandy Desert.

Published Jul 23, 2024

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Tagging Along With Palmyra’s Wildlife
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Tagging Along With Palmyra’s Wildlife

The remote atoll in the tropical Pacific Ocean is a haven for animals of all kinds, though scientists find that some creatures roam beyond protected boundaries.

Published Jul 22, 2024

Image of the Day Life

Lightning Storm over Türkiye
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Lightning Storm over Türkiye

Flashes of light illuminated the textures of cloud tops during a nighttime storm over the region.

Published Jul 21, 2024

Image of the Day Human Presence

Earth’s Reflections on the Moon
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Earth’s Reflections on the Moon

Fifty-five years after our giant leap, scientists continue to learn about both the Moon and Earth from our celestial neighbor.

Published Jul 20, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere

Climbing Toward the Conclusion of the Tour de France
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Climbing Toward the Conclusion of the Tour de France

Two of the final stages in the 2024 cycling event traverse high mountain passes in the Western Alps.

Published Jul 18, 2024

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Wildfire Scorches Eastern Oregon
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Wildfire Scorches Eastern Oregon

Fast-moving blazes tore through rangeland in the Pacific Northwest amid excessive heat.

Published Jul 15, 2024

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El Niño Exits
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El Niño Exits

The natural climate phenomenon contributed to upheavals in temperature and rainfall patterns across the globe.

Published Jul 15, 2024

Image of the Day Water

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Nov 2023

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

Vegetation
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

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

Carving Canyons
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Carving Canyons

Erosion, tectonic uplift, and a human-built dam have all helped shape the Upper Lake Powell area in Utah.

Published Jul 14, 2024

Image of the Day Land Water

Costa Atlántica Reserve
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Costa Atlántica Reserve

Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia’s extreme south, once shaped by ice, is now flanked by a biodiverse coastal zone.

Published Jul 13, 2024

Image of the Day Land Water

Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2024

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

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

Extreme Heat Hammers U.S. Coasts
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Extreme Heat Hammers U.S. Coasts

As summer heat hit the western and eastern U.S. in July 2024, temperatures have been especially high in the Southwest.

Published Jul 11, 2024

Image of the Day Heat Temperature Extremes

A Smoky Summer in Amur
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A Smoky Summer in Amur

Fires have been flaring periodically in this eastern region of Russia since May.

Published Jul 10, 2024

Image of the Day Fires Human Presence

First Stop: Sampling the 2023 Fires in Quebec
Notes from the Field

First Stop: Sampling the 2023 Fires in Quebec

A year after Canada's largest wildfire season on record, scientists are collecting field measurements to quantify the fires' carbon emissions.

Published Jun 25, 2024

Heat

Renewable and Alternative Energy
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Renewable and Alternative Energy

People have developed systems to harvest and store energy from sources such as wind, sunlight, and tidal action. Many of these installations are visible from orbit.

Published May 10, 2024

Land Human Presence

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Mar 2024

Net Radiation

Net radiation is the balance between incoming and outgoing energy at the top of the atmosphere. It is the total energy available to influence climate after light and heat are reflected, absorbed, or emitted by clouds and land.

Heat

Air Quality
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Air Quality

From ground-level ozone to particulate matter to nitrogen dioxide, an array of gasses and particles can affect the air people breathe, with implications for human health.

Published Apr 8, 2024

Atmosphere Human Presence

Temperature Extremes 2024
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Temperature Extremes 2024

Warmer-than-average temperatures are showing up locally and globally, with consequences for people, landscapes, and ecosystems.

Published Mar 26, 2024

Heat

2024 Fires in the Northern Hemisphere
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2024 Fires in the Northern Hemisphere

Whether sparked by lightning, intentional land-clearing, or human-caused accidents, wildland fires are burning longer and more often in some areas as the world warms.

Published Feb 27, 2024

Atmosphere Land Human Presence

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

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

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

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

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