South Keeling Atoll
Image of the Day Jun 16, 2024

South Keeling Atoll

This U-shaped series of islets in the Indian Ocean rings a blue-green lagoon of varying depth.
Remote Tristan da Cunha
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Remote Tristan da Cunha

Life finds ways to survive on this small volcanic island chain that’s way off the beaten path.

Published Jun 15, 2024

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Rainfall Breaks Records in Florida
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Rainfall Breaks Records in Florida

Moisture-laden tropical air brought intense downpours and flooding to the southern part of the state.

Published Jun 12, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Floods

Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast
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Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast

Ice fragments from Greenland and the Arctic form elaborate swirls as they are swept south.

Published Jun 12, 2024

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

Heat Scorches U.S. Southwest
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Heat Scorches U.S. Southwest

An early summer heat wave broke temperature records in Nevada, Arizona, and California in June 2024.

Published Jun 10, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Heat Temperature Extremes

Kamchatka at Night
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Kamchatka at Night

Moonlit mountains and illuminated towns highlight geographic features on this sparsely populated Russian peninsula.

Published Jun 9, 2024

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

Culebra’s Coral Reefs  
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Culebra’s Coral Reefs  

The remote archipelago is flanked by extensive coral reef areas, but these hubs of biodiversity face a summer of sweltering water temperatures.

Published Jun 8, 2024

Image of the Day Land

Drought Parches Mexico
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Drought Parches Mexico

Dry weather is putting extra strain on the systems that deliver water to Mexico City.  

Published Jun 7, 2024

Image of the Day Heat Water Drought

Humboldt Glacier’s Demise
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Humboldt Glacier’s Demise

Venezuela is the first postglacial nation in the Andes, as its last substantial patch of ice is now considered too small to flow under its own weight.

Published Jun 7, 2024

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice

Grass Fire Chars California
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Grass Fire Chars California

Strong winds and ample fuel helped spread flames over 14,000 acres of grassland in San Joaquin County.

Published Jun 5, 2024

Image of the Day Land Fires

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

Satellite Data Suggest U.S. Methane Emissions Underestimated
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Satellite Data Suggest U.S. Methane Emissions Underestimated

Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas may be higher than previously thought, especially from landfills.

Published Jun 5, 2024

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Iceland Eruption Goes Another Round
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Iceland Eruption Goes Another Round

A volcanic fissure on the Reykjanes peninsula came alive again with voluminous, vigorous flows.

Published Jun 3, 2024

Image of the Day Volcanoes Remote Sensing

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

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Apr 2024

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

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — May 2024

Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is used by algae and other phytoplankton--the grass of the sea--to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugars. These maps show chlorophyll concentrations in the ocean, revealing where phytoplankton are thriving.

Life Water

Reefs of La Parguera
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Reefs of La Parguera

In Puerto Rico, corals, seagrass, and mangroves paint a colorful Caribbean scene by day, while the waters of a rare bioluminescent bay glow blue at night.

Published Jun 1, 2024

Image of the Day Water

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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