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Nighttime Swirls
The Cape of Good Hope
Tawny Swirls in the Kara Sea
Heavy Monsoon Rains Flood South Asia
Image of the Day Aug 19, 2019

Nighttime Swirls

A common cloud pattern, known as von Kármán vortices, makes an appearance at night.

Eerie Blooms in Lake Erie
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Eerie Blooms in Lake Erie

In July 2019, a severe toxic algal bloom began spreading over the western basin of Lake Erie.

Published Aug 14, 2019

Image of the Day Water Human Presence Remote Sensing Water Color

Watching Wildfires from Space
EO Kids

Watching Wildfires from Space

Satellites observe and track fires (and what they leave behind) across the world.

Published Aug 14, 2019 in EO Kids

A Potent Cold Snap for Australia
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A Potent Cold Snap for Australia

A succession of cold air masses blew in from Antarctica, leading to icy roads and measurable snowfall across parts of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland.

Published Aug 13, 2019

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A Misty Morning in the Mountains
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A Misty Morning in the Mountains

A glorious winter morning view greeted astronauts as they passed over the rugged peaks of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Typhoon Lekima Nears China
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Typhoon Lekima Nears China

Twin typhoons continued to churn across the Western Pacific Ocean, threatening East Asian countries with destructive winds and rain.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Flying through a Fire Cloud
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Flying through a Fire Cloud

A rare flight through a thunderstorm triggered by a wildfire has atmospheric scientists buzzing.

Published Aug 9, 2019

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Okjökull Remembered
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Okjökull Remembered

The glacier atop Iceland’s Ok volcano was declared dead in 2014. Satellite images show the latter stages of its decline.

Published Aug 8, 2019

Image of the Day Heat Land Snow and Ice

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

Heightened Activity at Shishaldin Volcano
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Heightened Activity at Shishaldin Volcano

It is common for the Alaskan volcano to vent steam and gas, but the summit crater was warmer than usual in July.

Published Aug 8, 2019

Image of the Day Land Volcanoes Remote Sensing

A New Global Fire Atlas
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A New Global Fire Atlas

The satellite-based atlas includes information about more than 13 million fires.

Published Aug 7, 2019

Image of the Day Remote Sensing

Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa
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Typhoon Lekima and Tropical Storm Krosa

Dual storms marched across the Western Pacific Ocean in early August 2019.

Published Aug 7, 2019

Atmosphere Water Severe Storms

New Map Shows Risk of Sunburn Across the U.S.
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New Map Shows Risk of Sunburn Across the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is using NASA data to help the public better understand their UV exposure.

Published Aug 6, 2019

Image of the Day Atmosphere Land Remote Sensing

Iceland’s Raging Rivers
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Iceland’s Raging Rivers

In a country rich with compelling geologic phenomena, even the rivers are connected to the landscape of fire and ice.

Published Aug 5, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

Cloud Fraction
Global Maps Feb 2000 — Jun 2019

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

Wide Wildwood Beaches
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Wide Wildwood Beaches

For many people, there is great joy and good summer business to be found on the widest beach in New Jersey and one of the widest on any coast.

Published Aug 2, 2019

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Dreaming in the Mojave Desert
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Dreaming in the Mojave Desert

The big dreams of a 1960s real estate developer have not materialized, but that has not stopped California City from pushing forward.

Published Aug 2, 2019

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The St. Louis Hub
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The St. Louis Hub

Roads, railways, and a mighty river meet in this longtime trading hub of the central United States.

Published Aug 2, 2019

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Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland
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Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland

Melting was provoked by a bubble of warm air that moved over Greenland after delivering unseasonably warm temperatures to Europe.

Published Aug 1, 2019

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

Arctic Fires Fill the Skies with Soot
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Arctic Fires Fill the Skies with Soot

Fires in Alaska, Siberia, and Greenland have emitted large amounts of black carbon this summer.

Published Jul 31, 2019

Image of the Day Fires Remote Sensing

Getting Saltier
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Getting Saltier

As water levels drop in the Dead Sea, salt is piling up on the lakebed.

Published Jul 30, 2019

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South Africa’s Largest Open-Pit Mine
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South Africa’s Largest Open-Pit Mine

The pit near Phalaborwa and Kruger National Park is the most visible sign of a long history of mining in the region.

Published Jul 29, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence

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

Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019
Notes from the Field

Kick-off of Fire Expedition Siberia 2019

Researchers gathered in the western part of the Siberian boreal forest, where they collected the tree-ring data needed to reconstruct the area's fire history.

Published Jul 29, 2019 in Notes From the Field

Heat

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

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

The Ups and Downs of Crater Lake
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The Ups and Downs of Crater Lake

Elevation data show the distinct topography of Mount Mazama and the crater lake that fills its caldera.

Published Jul 26, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Remote Sensing

How to Interpret a Satellite Image: Five Tips and Strategies
Article

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

A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe
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A Second Scorching Heatwave in Europe

One month after experiencing record-breaking temperatures, Europe again is sweltering under a heatwave. And this one is more intense.

Published Jul 26, 2019

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Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.
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Water Cycle is Speeding Up Over Much of the U.S.

Scientists have developed a new way to measure water cycle intensity over time.

Published Jul 25, 2019

Image of the Day 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

Vegetation
Global Maps Mar 2000 — May 2019

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

Cloudy Sulawesi
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Cloudy Sulawesi

The International Space Station was crossing over the equator when an astronaut looked east and took this photo just after a sunrise.

Published Jul 24, 2019

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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

Ubinas Volcano Erupts
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Ubinas Volcano Erupts

Ash from Peru’s most active volcano fell on villages, schools, and health centers.

Published Jul 24, 2019

Atmosphere Land Volcanoes

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

July 2019 Puzzler
Earth Matters

July 2019 Puzzler

Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at and why it is interesting.

Published Jul 23, 2019 in Earth Matters

Measuring Movement from the Ridgecrest Quake
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Measuring Movement from the Ridgecrest Quake

Remote sensing scientists are getting better at measuring such events and showing how they disrupt and move the land surface.

Published Jul 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land Human Presence Remote Sensing

Hammerhead Horsts on the Makran Coast
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Hammerhead Horsts on the Makran Coast

Striking geology, new ports, and a few hammerhead sharks can be found along Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast.

Published Jul 23, 2019

Image of the Day Land Water Human Presence

EO On This Day
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EO On This Day

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we offer a selection of some of the most beautiful, newsworthy, interesting, and scientifically important images from the past 20 years — one for each day of the calendar year.

Published Jun 19, 2019

Atmosphere Heat Land Life Water Snow and Ice

Earth: A Photo e-Book from NASA
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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
Article

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
Article

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

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 Feb 20, 2019

Atmosphere Land Water Snow and Ice Remote Sensing