Lake Powell Reaches New Low
Image of the Day Sep 24, 2021

Lake Powell Reaches New Low

Water levels at Glen Canyon Dam have fallen to their lowest level since 1969 and are still dropping.
Landsat 9 to Further NASA’s Food Security Missions
Notes from the Field

Landsat 9 to Further NASA’s Food Security Missions

Landsat satellites have enabled numerous applications in diverse fields, including the monitoring of global agriculture and food security applications.

Published Sep 23, 2021 in Notes From the Field

Land

Arctic Sea Ice 12th-Lowest on Record
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Arctic Sea Ice 12th-Lowest on Record

Sea ice covered more area this summer compared to recent years, but it was also much thinner.

Published Sep 23, 2021

Image of the Day Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

Coastal Color in New Zealand
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Coastal Color in New Zealand

Patchworks and swirls of color adorn the eastern coast of the South Island.

Published Sep 22, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water

Sudbury Impact Structure
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Sudbury Impact Structure

Few craters are as large, or as old, as this impact structure in southeastern Ontario, Canada.

Published Sep 20, 2021

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Noirmoutier, France
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Noirmoutier, France

The small tidal island provides a bounty of oysters and salt.

Published Sep 19, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Fire Encroaching on Giant Sequoias
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Fire Encroaching on Giant Sequoias

In the midst of another brutal fire season, several of California’s natural treasures have also been threatened.

Published Sep 16, 2021

Image of the Day Land Fires

Nicholas Soaks the Gulf Coast
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Nicholas Soaks the Gulf Coast

The slow-moving storm has been pulling in tropical moisture.

Published Sep 15, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Water Severe Storms Remote Sensing

A Fast-Moving Fire in Kgalagadi
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A Fast-Moving Fire in Kgalagadi

A grass fire in southwestern Botswana raced through the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in August.

Published Sep 15, 2021

Image of the Day Heat Land Fires Human Presence

Unusual Snowfall in Greenland
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Unusual Snowfall in Greenland

The remnants of Hurricane Larry dropped abundant snowfall on Greenland just as the summer melt season was coming to an end.

Published Sep 15, 2021

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Snow and Ice

Fossil Fjords in Namibia
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Fossil Fjords in Namibia

Ice that carved a network of valleys 300 million years ago has long since disappeared, but the original shapes of the valleys remain.

Published Sep 14, 2021

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice Remote Sensing

A Meeting of Ice and Dunes
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A Meeting of Ice and Dunes

Shadows accentuate the topography in and around Ulaagchinii Khar Nuur in Mongolia.

Published Sep 13, 2021

Image of the Day Land Snow and Ice

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 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

Hurricane Ida Leaves a Trail of Oil
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Hurricane Ida Leaves a Trail of Oil

Federal and state agencies and private companies are working to find and contain oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico.

Published Sep 10, 2021

Image of the Day Water Severe Storms Human Presence

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

Chlorophyll
Global Maps Jul 2002 — Jun 2021

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

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

Rapid Intensification for Typhoon Chanthu
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Rapid Intensification for Typhoon Chanthu

The potent storm in the Western Pacific intensified from a tropical depression to a super typhoon in less than 48 hours.

Published Sep 9, 2021

Image of the Day Land Water Severe Storms Human Presence

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

This Isn’t My First Rodeo
Notes from the Field

This Isn’t My First Rodeo

Engineer Andy Hynous is back in the saddle in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, where NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program is making flights for the fall 2021 balloon campaign.

Published Sep 2, 2021 in Notes From the Field

SeaHawk Mission Proves CubeSats are  Viable for Collecting Scientific Data
Earth Matters

SeaHawk Mission Proves CubeSats are Viable for Collecting Scientific Data

Scientists are pleased with the compelling images and data collected by a shoebox sized satellite.

Published Aug 31, 2021 in Earth Matters

Water

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

Picturing Earth From the Space Station
EO Kids

Picturing Earth From the Space Station

Find out what it takes to be a space photographer on the International Space Station (ISS), play a data detective game and build your landform recognition skills like an astronaut.

Published Aug 25, 2021 in EO Kids

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

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

Land Surface Temperature Anomaly
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jul 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

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

Aerosol Size
Global Maps Jan 2005 — Sep 2016

Aerosol Size

Sea salt, volcanic ash, dust, wildfire smoke, and industrial pollution are types of airborne aerosols. Natural aerosols tend to be larger than human-made aerosols. These maps show when and where aerosols come from nature, humans, or both.

Atmosphere

EO Explorer
Article

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

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

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

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

Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus
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Picturing Earth: Astronaut Photography In Focus

For 20 years, astronauts have been shooting photos of Earth from the space station. Like everything the astronauts do, they are trained for this job. And like everything they do, there is purpose and intention behind it.

Published Feb 8, 2021

Human Presence Remote Sensing Videos