Watercolor Seas in the Wake of Hurricane Ian
Image of the Day Oct 5, 2022

Watercolor Seas in the Wake of Hurricane Ian

Storm-stirred sediment produced colorful swirls along the western coast of Florida.
A Rough Year for Rice in California
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A Rough Year for Rice in California

The ongoing drought has cut rice acreage in the Sacramento Valley in half.

Published Oct 3, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Land Water Human Presence Remote Sensing

Johannesburg and Pretoria
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Johannesburg and Pretoria

This region of South Africa is the largest mining and industrial region on the continent of Africa.

Published Oct 2, 2022

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Staring Into Ian’s Eye
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Staring Into Ian’s Eye

NASA scientists are studying the latest satellite imagery of the storm and analyzing the forces that made the storm so catastrophic.

Published Sep 30, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Taking Stock of Edgy Parts of Greenland
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Taking Stock of Edgy Parts of Greenland

Loss of ice at the periphery of the Greenland Ice Sheet was often discounted; recent research suggests it should not be.

Published Sep 30, 2022

Image of the Day Heat Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Hurricane Ian Reaches Florida
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Hurricane Ian Reaches Florida

After damaging parts of Cuba and leaving the country dark, more destruction was expected as the powerful hurricane reached Florida’s western coast.

Published Sep 28, 2022

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Fuel for Ian, Cool from Fiona
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Fuel for Ian, Cool from Fiona

Warm seas provide fuel for extreme storms, and can then be cooled by them.

Published Sep 27, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

Hurricane Ian Enters the Gulf of Mexico
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Hurricane Ian Enters the Gulf of Mexico

After making landfall in Cuba, the category 3 storm entered the Gulf of Mexico and appeared headed toward the west coast of Florida.

Published Sep 27, 2022

Atmosphere Severe Storms Human Presence

Noru Strikes the Philippines
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Noru Strikes the Philippines

After making landfall in the Polillo Islands and Luzon, the storm strengthened again as it headed toward Vietnam.

Published Sep 26, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Severe Storms

September Puzzler
Earth Matters

September Puzzler

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

Published Sep 26, 2022

Carrizozo Malpaís Lava Flow
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Carrizozo Malpaís Lava Flow

A decades-long eruption created this long strip of basalt in the desert in New Mexico.

Published Sep 26, 2022

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Canada Braces for Fiona
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Canada Braces for Fiona

After buffeting Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Bermuda, the hurricane appeared destined to be one of the strongest storms to ever reach the Canadian Maritimes.

Published Sep 23, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

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

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

Power Outages in Puerto Rico
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Power Outages in Puerto Rico

Four days after Hurricane Fiona made landfall on the island, citizens were coping with widespread power losses.

Published Sep 22, 2022

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Severe Storms Human Presence Remote Sensing

Arctic Sea Ice Tied for 10th-Lowest on Record
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Arctic Sea Ice Tied for 10th-Lowest on Record

The summer 2022 extent of Arctic sea ice continued the downward trend under way since the 1980s.

Published Sep 22, 2022

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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

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

Indigenous Experience Shaping NASA Services in the Amazon
Notes from the Field

Indigenous Experience Shaping NASA Services in the Amazon

Indigenous representatives from across the Amazon met with geographers seeking to better understand how climate change is affecting the region.

Published Sep 7, 2022

Water Vapor
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Aug 2022

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

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

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Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals
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Tournament Earth: Elemental Edition—Finals

For the third time in a decade, the winner hails from the Canary Islands.

Published Mar 1, 2022

Human Presence Remote Sensing

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

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Aug 2022

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.

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Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Aug 2022

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

Carbon Monoxide
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Feb 2017

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

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

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

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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

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

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jun 2022

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.

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