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A Trail of Night Lights
Catching Rays in the Desert
Lake Mead by the Seasons
Warmer, Drier Climate Could Transform Alaskan Forests
Image of the Day Oct 20, 2019

A Trail of Night Lights

This composite image was made from more than 400 photos taken as the International Space Station traveled from Namibia toward the Red Sea.

The Shape of Farming: Water For Crops
EO Kids

The Shape of Farming: Water For Crops

Farmers use a number of different methods to irrigate crops, and some of them result in pretty interesting shapes.

Published Oct 16, 2019 in EO Kids

Human Presence Land Life Water

Hagibis Floods Japan
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Hagibis Floods Japan

The typhoon’s rapid intensification was followed by far-reaching damage in Honshu.

Published Oct 15, 2019

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High Points of the Sierras
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High Points of the Sierras

Trails up Mount Whitney and across Forester Pass give hikers access high into the California mountain range.

Published Oct 11, 2019

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Hagibis Heads Toward Japan
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Hagibis Heads Toward Japan

A broad region could experience destructive winds as the typhoon approaches land.

Published Oct 11, 2019

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Virginia’s Volcanic Past
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Virginia’s Volcanic Past

A small volcano erupted in the Shenandoah Valley 48 million years ago.

Published Oct 11, 2019

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Rapeseed Agriculture, Kursk Oblast
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Rapeseed Agriculture, Kursk Oblast

Yellow flowers brighten the landscape of southwestern Russia.

Published Oct 10, 2019

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Where the Geese Gather
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Where the Geese Gather

The Dewey Soper Bird Sanctuary in Canada is marked by its diverse terrain and large number of feathery inhabitants.

Published Oct 10, 2019

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Autumn Along the Amur
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Autumn Along the Amur

Orange and yellow foliage paint the banks of this river in the Russian Far East.

Published Oct 8, 2019

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Assateague on the Move
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Assateague on the Move

Assateague, Chincoteague, and Wallops provide a rare example of overlapping barrier islands. All of them are constantly in motion.

Published Oct 8, 2019

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October Puzzler
Earth Matters

October Puzzler

Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.

Published Oct 8, 2019 in Earth Matters

Unusual Monsoon Season Causes Flooding in India
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Unusual Monsoon Season Causes Flooding in India

2019 has brought exceptional rain to some areas, and the monsoon is retreating later than any season in recent memory.

Published Oct 7, 2019

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A River of Smoke
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A River of Smoke

Fires raged in Bolivia’s lowlands throughout much of August and September.

Published Oct 4, 2019

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Smoke Filled Canyons, Arizona
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Smoke Filled Canyons, Arizona

During morning and evening hours, dense smoke often settles in low-lying areas and becomes trapped due to temperature inversions.

Published Oct 4, 2019

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Total Rainfall
Global Maps Jan 1998 — Aug 2016

Total Rainfall

These maps depict monthly total rainfall around the world. Rainfall is the primary source of fresh water for humans, plants, and animals. Rain also moves heat between the atmosphere, oceans, and land.

Atmosphere

NASA GLOBE Fall Data Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Earth Matters

NASA GLOBE Fall Data Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?

From October 15 to November 15, students and citizen scientists can participate in a campaign to study clouds.

Published Oct 4, 2019 in Earth Matters

Atmosphere

Rifting and Calving on the Amery Ice Shelf
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Rifting and Calving on the Amery Ice Shelf

The ice shelf in East Antarctica has spawned its first major iceberg in more than half a century.

Published Oct 3, 2019

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Working with Local Hydrologists in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Improve Streamflow Monitoring
Notes from the Field

Working with Local Hydrologists in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Improve Streamflow Monitoring

Published Oct 3, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Water

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies
Article

A Clearer View of Hazy Skies

Industrialization has brought incredible societal advances and difficult pollution problems. From space, we can see skies clearing in some regions and darkening in others. The thin blue line of our atmosphere is still quite vulnerable.

Published Jun 24, 2014

Atmosphere Human Presence Remote Sensing

Tracking “Blue Tear” Blooms
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Tracking “Blue Tear” Blooms

Satellites can track Noctiluca scintillans, a type of phytoplankton that produce a bioluminescent glow at night.

Published Oct 3, 2019

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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

Lorenzo Approaches Ireland
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Lorenzo Approaches Ireland

Though it has weakened since reaching category 5 strength, the hurricane is still bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the northeast Atlantic.

Published Oct 2, 2019

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Mission: Biomes
Article

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 Oct 5, 2000

Land Life

Ice Could Crumble from Planpincieux Glacier
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Ice Could Crumble from Planpincieux Glacier

The fast-changing glacier is threatening a popular hiking area in the western Alps.

Published Oct 1, 2019

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Snow in Montana and Canada
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Snow in Montana and Canada

An unusually heavy snowfall across the northern Rockies brought winter weather barely a week into autumn.

Published Oct 1, 2019

Severe Storms Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

A Pulse of Water for Lake Powell
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A Pulse of Water for Lake Powell

Heavy winter and spring snowfall provided much-needed meltwater, but the effects of long-term drought mean the lake is nowhere near its highs from the 1980s and 90s.

Published Sep 30, 2019

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In Search of a New Home Across the Frozen Sea
Notes from the Field

In Search of a New Home Across the Frozen Sea

We have embarked on a search for our “home” for the next year—an ice floe which has just the right characteristics of size, thickness, and representativeness to support the huge suite of scientific instruments and projects that comprise MOSAiC.

Published Sep 30, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Sea Surface Temperature
Global Maps Jul 2002 — May 2019

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.

Heat Water

Simpson Desert, Australia
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Simpson Desert, Australia

Fantastic dunes stand alongside one of the world’s largest internally draining river systems.

Published Sep 27, 2019

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Mapping the Amazon
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Mapping the Amazon

In spite of its clear significance to the planet, the expansive region is a complex and challenging place for remote sensing scientists to study.

Published Sep 26, 2019

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Three Decades of Urban Expansion in Quito
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Three Decades of Urban Expansion in Quito

In the past three decades, Quito’s urban area has more than quadrupled.

Published Sep 26, 2019

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Fire
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

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

Dust Storm in Southern Africa
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Dust Storm in Southern Africa

Fierce wind picked up and carried huge plumes of sand and dust westward toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Published Sep 25, 2019

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Knock, Knock, Knocking on BITSE’s Door
Notes from the Field

Knock, Knock, Knocking on BITSE’s Door

The BITSE team tested the door on their instrument, which was almost ready for its balloon flight to the top of the sky.

Published Sep 25, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Cyclone Hikaa Hits Oman
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Cyclone Hikaa Hits Oman

The storm reached the coast of the Arabian Peninsula with maximum winds between 120-130 kilometers per hour.

Published Sep 24, 2019

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Fusing Satellites and sUAVs: On the Ground in Burkina Faso to Address Mapping Challenges
Notes from the Field

Fusing Satellites and sUAVs: On the Ground in Burkina Faso to Address Mapping Challenges

Published Sep 24, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Earth at Night
Article

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

Aerosol Optical Depth
Global Maps Mar 2000 — Jun 2019

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

Net Radiation
Global Maps Jul 2006 — Apr 2019

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

2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Is Second Lowest
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2019 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Is Second Lowest

The long-term trend for Arctic sea ice extent has been definitively downward.

Published Sep 23, 2019

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Late Bloomers
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Late Bloomers

The waters around Newfoundland have been teeming with phytoplankton since the beginning of September.

Published Sep 20, 2019

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Edge of the Ice
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Edge of the Ice

Summer snowmelt along the flank of Greenland’s Humboldt Glacier exposes layers of ice from ancient climate periods.

Published Sep 20, 2019

Image of the Day Snow and Ice

And They’re Off Like a Shot
Notes from the Field

And They’re Off Like a Shot

The most recent balloon launch marks the fifth so far this year from Fort Sumner.

Published Sep 20, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Earth — A Photo-Essay
Article

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 Aug 28, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space
Article

Trailing the Pacific Crest from Space

There is no award for completing the hike from Mexico to Canada through the western United States. But it is clear from the ground and space that the journey through 48 wilderness areas and demanding terrain will change you.

Published Aug 1, 2019

Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Blue Marble Next Generation
Article

Blue Marble Next Generation

12 months of high-resolution global true color satellite imagery.

Published Oct 13, 2005

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
Article

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA

Swirling white clouds, deep blue oceans, and multicolored landscapes come to life on the pages of NASA’s new photo essay Earth, a collection of dramatic images captured by satellites.

Published Jun 4, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Videos

20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory
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20 Years of NASA Earth Observatory

Our world is constantly changing. We have evolved with it.

Published May 7, 2019

Videos

The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island
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The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island

Pine Island Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica. This timeline highlights the most notable calving events of the past two decades.

Published Apr 9, 2019

Snow and Ice Remote Sensing