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"27.04.2017 00:09:26" Tsunami Study Challenges Long-held Formation Theory Tsunami Study Challenges Long-held Formation Theory
A new NASA study is challenging a long-held theory on how tsunamis form and offering a new method for forecasting the powerful waves. Most tsunamis result from a massive shifting of the seafloor --
"26.04.2017 20:48:14" Planetary Fieldwork: A HI-SEAS Adventure On the rust-colored north flank of one of Earth's largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors our atmosphere and, at the same time, helps set the stage for possible human exploration of other worlds.
Designed and built at NASA's Goddard Space
"26.04.2017 15:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Satellites Eye Winter Cover Crops : Image of the Day Satellites Eye Winter Cover Crops
For the second year in a row, farmers in Maryland planted a record amount of winter cover crops in 2016-17. These cold-tolerant crops—including wheat, rye, barley, and radish—are planted in the fall. In addition to
"26.04.2017 09:58:50" Photos from NASA Earth's post NASA Earth Observatory is Part of the New Google Earth
On April 18, 2017, NASA Earth Observatory project manager Kevin Ward participated in the launch of the newest version of Google Earth, which now includes some content from the Earth Observatory (EO).
"25.04.2017 14:58:15" Timeline Photos A Rare Clear Day on Mount Washington
Summer and fall generally bring the clearest skies of the year to the Presidential Range, the highest peaks in New England. Clouds were certainly scarce on October 3, 2014, when the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on
"24.04.2017 21:01:39" Photos from NASA Earth's post Another View of Petermann Glacier's New Crack
In early April, remote sensing scientist Stef Lhermitte examined Sentinel-2 satellite images and saw a new crack developing on Greenland's Petermann Glacier. About two weeks later, Landsat 8 also got a look.
"24.04.2017 15:54:32" earthobservatory.nasa.gov South Australia, Wet and Dry : Image of the Day South Australia, Wet and Dry
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured these photographs of agricultural patterns in the Riverland region of South Australia. The use of a powerful lens makes it possible to see individual buildings in
"23.04.2017 16:14:10" Timeline Photos Winter at Karazhanbas Oil Field
Kazakhstan has roughly 3 percent of the world's crude oil reserves. With proven reserves of 30 billion barrels, the large, land-locked country has the second most in Eurasia and the twelfth most in the world, just behind
"22.04.2017 16:00:00" NASA's Vantage Point to View Earth NASA's fleet of Earth science satellites, along with Earth science instruments on the International Space Station, surveys the whole globe, even the most remote parts that are difficult if not impossible to visit. With instruments in space, scientists can
"22.04.2017 15:40:48" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined
New NASA data show that snowpack in Tuolumne River Basin—a major source of water for San Francisco and California's Central Valley—is currently greater than that of the four previous years combined.
"21.04.2017 21:41:38" Timeline Photos Lava Glows Atop Nishinoshima
Once again, Nishinoshima Island promises to gain ground. Roughly 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles) south of Tokyo, the island has been growing steadily since 2013, when the volcano broke the water line.
This image of
"21.04.2017 21:02:52" ABCs From Space Images from NASA Earth Observatory's “ABCs from Space” and “Scenes from Space” join others in revamped Google Earth. http://bit.ly/2oZnJT4
"21.04.2017 19:00:00" Earth Expedition: Volcano Field Science - HyspIRI Part 4 From the Ground Up: Building an Earth Science Satellite (HyspIRI Hawaii, Part 4)
Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai`i react with oxygen and atmospheric moisture to produce volcanic smog
"21.04.2017 18:02:00" Photos from NASA Earth's post An Optimistic View For Earth Day
As we arrive at Earth Day 2017, reporting on Earth science can sometimes feel like a gloomy affair. Global temperatures are at record highs. Arctic sea ice is in pretty bad shape. Bleaching events are taking a toll on
"21.04.2017 15:19:04" earthobservatory.nasa.gov California Reservoirs Rise from Drought to Deluge : Image of the Day California Reservoirs Rise from Drought to Deluge
A five-year drought in California ended spectacularly this winter, with the state emerging from one of its driest periods on record by enduring one of its wettest. Reservoirs, lakes, and mountainsides are
"20.04.2017 20:50:43" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We need your help! Two NASA websites and three of our social media programs are nominated for Webby Awards! Vote now, deadline closes tonight: http://go.nasa.gov/2ovyXNi
"20.04.2017 18:20:22" Photos from NASA Earth's post Mystery Solved: Dust—Not Volcanic Ash—on Larsen C Ice Shelf
On April 4, 2017, archaeologist Mark Walters tweeted an intriguing set of satellite images of a dark smear on the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Was it volcanic ash from a recently active volcanic vent, he
"20.04.2017 18:19:50" Adopt the Planet for Earth Day NASA invites you to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from NASA's Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location. Print it and
"20.04.2017 17:29:07" nasa.gov Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada is larger than the last four years of snowpack combined.
"20.04.2017 15:36:21" Timeline Photos Blooming Gibraltar
From space, the Strait of Gibraltar appears tiny compared to the continents it separates. At the strait's narrowest point, Africa stands just 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Europe. But the narrow waterway is a complex environment that
"20.04.2017 09:15:22" Timeline Photos Dust Storm Veils Sudan
Airborne dust lofted over an arid landscape, stretching from South Sudan into Eritrea. On April 16, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this
"19.04.2017 19:53:19" Satellite Sentinels No planet is better studied than the one we actually live on.
#NASA's fleet of 18 Earth science missions in space, supported by aircraft, ships and ground observations, measure aspects of the environment that touch the lives of every person around the
"18.04.2017 19:33:26" climate.nasa.gov Adopt the Planet NASA invites you to #AdoptThePlanet by #EarthDay April 22. 64,000 locations available. Which one will you get? http://go.nasa.gov/adopt #AdoptThePlanet for Earth Day
Help us reach our goal of adopting the entire planet by Earth Day this Saturday, April 22. We're over halfway there!
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"18.04.2017 17:57:54" Timeline Photos A fast-growing crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf has captured public attention, but what does it mean for sea level rise?
“We have to look at the big picture of the evolution of Larsen C,” said glaciologist Eric Rignot, a senior scientist at NASA
"18.04.2017 14:59:43" Photos from NASA Earth's post Tulip Mania
On the ground, individual petals pop with vivid color. From space, whole acres of flowers brighten fields in the southern Netherlands.
Each year toward the end of April, scores of travelers—many by bicycle—ride from Amsterdam to visit this
"17.04.2017 21:38:02" Timeline Photos Cyclone Maarutha Passes Over Myanmar
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of tropical cyclone Maarutha as it churned above the Bay of Bengal on April 15, 2017, before
"17.04.2017 19:01:38" jpl.nasa.gov Celebrate Earth Day with NASA Science Data - Teachable Moments | NASA/JPL Edu In the NewsEarth Day, the day set aside each year to celebrate our planet and bring attention to the natural world, is on April 22, 2017. More than one billion people are expected to participate in Earth Day events around the globe that will draw Celebrating Earth Day in the classroom?
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory education specialists share tips on how to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics using NASA's Adopt the Planet campaign. Dig deeper with
"17.04.2017 15:01:48" Timeline Photos A Royal View of Denmark
Shot by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, this oblique photograph shows most of the Kingdom of Denmark. This Nordic country lies between the Baltic Sea to the east and the North Sea to the west. The winding
"16.04.2017 15:00:59" Timeline Photos Easter Island
This remote volcanic island has intrigued generations of scholars. Famed for its monolithic statues, Easter Island is shrouded in mystery. Its population, once sizable, collapsed.
“The clearest example of a society that destroyed itself by
"15.04.2017 19:49:29" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We need your help! Two NASA websites and three of our social media programs are nominated for Webby Awards! Vote now: http://go.nasa.gov/2oxV2wc
"15.04.2017 15:00:03" Timeline Photos Clouds 'Roll' Over Pacific Atolls
Areas near the equator are frequently cloudy, obscuring the view of Earth's surface from space. April 7, 2017, was no different. On that day, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua
"14.04.2017 23:00:00" Timeline Photos Fires in Southern Asia
On April 12, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of fire and smoke in South and Southeast Asia.
The red outlines are areas where the satellite
"14.04.2017 21:45:36" Photos from NASA Earth's post Modern Satellites: Littler and Mightier Than Before
Bigger isn't necessarily better—at least where satellites are concerned. Modern “CubeSat” satellites are smaller and more numerous than ever.
The CubeSat takes its name from its dimensions; it is made
"14.04.2017 19:00:00" challenge.gov Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge | Challenge.gov To manage your agency's competitions, you must have an OMB MAX account with two-factor authentication enabled. You must also be an approved member of the Challenge.gov Admin Group. Can you develop an air quality sensor system for use during wildland fires that is durable, detects high levels & easy to use?
Six federal agencies, including NASA, have announced a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and
"14.04.2017 15:55:39" Photos from NASA Earth's post An Electric New View of Earth at Night
Satellite images of Earth at night—often referred to as “night lights”—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,
"14.04.2017 15:17:12" Timeline Photos The Making of an Iceberg
In 2014, a crack began opening in the Larsen C Ice Shelf—a huge slab of floating ice along the Antarctic Peninsula. By April 2017, only 16 kilometers (10 miles) of ice separated the tip of that crack from the open
"13.04.2017 21:40:00" Earth Expeditions: From the Ground Up, Building an Earth Scien... From the Ground Up: Building an Earth Science Satellite (Part 3)
Before a satellite is launched into orbit, scientists use instruments on NASA aircraft to calibrate, validate, and refine sensors that are part of current and future satellite payloads. In
"12.04.2017 23:00:00" Timeline Photos Decades of overpumping groundwater have irreversibly altered layers of clay beneath California's Central Valley, permanently reducing the aquifer's ability to store water, a new study finds.
Overpumping caused land in the state's San Joaquin Valley to
"12.04.2017 20:00:00" climate.nasa.gov Adopt the Planet NASA invites you to #AdoptThePlanet by #EarthDay April 22. 64,000 locations available. Which one will you get? http://go.nasa.gov/adopt Have you adopted yet?
We invite you to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from NASA's Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned
"12.04.2017 18:00:00" Lights of Human Activity Shine in NASA's Image of Earth at Night Check out the new Black Marble!
NASA scientists have just released the first new global map of Earth at night since 2012. This nighttime look at our home planet, dubbed the Black Marble, provides researchers with a unique perspective of human activities
"12.04.2017 15:20:10" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Meltwater Channels on Ellesmere Island : Image of the Day Meltwater Channels on Ellesmere Island
In March 2017, NASA's Operation IceBridge returned to the Arctic. Now in its ninth year making flights over Earth's northern polar regions, the mission continues to conduct important surveys of ice and snow. It also
"11.04.2017 23:18:44" NASA Earthdata New Earth Science Data User Profile Released!
Who uses NASA Earth science data?
Dr. John Wilkin, Professor of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey
Research interests: Ocean simulation modeling, data Grab your matching towel and learn more about how Dr. John Wilkin uses NASA Earthdata to study the motion in the ocean and rock lobsters.
"11.04.2017 22:28:27" Timeline Photos Spring Snow in the Appalachians
A spring storm dropped snow across the mountainous areas of West Virginia, Western Maryland, and Pennsylvania. On April 8, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured
"11.04.2017 18:41:49" Timeline Photos April Puzzler
Every month, NASA Earth Observatory offers up a puzzling satellite image, and readers try to guess the location. The challenge this month, however, is slightly different. Use the comments section below to tell us not only WHERE we are
"11.04.2017 15:06:06" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Fresh Water for Shanghai : Image of the Day Fresh Water for Shanghai
As Shanghai has spread out and rapidly industrialized over the past several decades, many of its waterways have become heavily polluted. Just 3 percent of the water in the city is clean enough to drink or use for aquaculture, one
"10.04.2017 22:30:00" Photos from NASA Earth's post Today's NASA Operation IceBridge flight saw snow and ice through the window of the P-3 aircraft, a possibly capsized iceberg discharged from Upernavik South and an iceberg-choked periglacial lake along the south flank of Drachmann Glacier, in Northeast
"10.04.2017 21:30:00" Timeline Photos On This Date: The Bingham Canyon Landslide
Four years ago today, one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in U.S. history began high on the northern wall of Utah's Bingham Canyon mine. During two main bursts of activity that day, several million cubic
"10.04.2017 21:00:00" Tropical Cyclone Cook
In April 2017, Tropical Cyclone Cook delivered strong winds and heavy rain to Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific; it then strengthened as it moved toward New Caledonia.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite
"10.04.2017 16:30:00" Timeline Photos Volcanos erupt. Wildfires rage. Floods swell and droughts parch. Weather events may be extreme, but over time affect Earth's climatic system. Changes in atmospheric circulation, for instance, can directly affect human life, from low-lying ozone and
"10.04.2017 15:21:38" Timeline Photos Lake Neusiedl and Lake Ferto
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the south end of Lake Neusiedl, which spans the border between Austria and Hungary. (It is known as Lake Ferto in Hungary.) The pattern of open-water
"10.04.2017 14:30:00" Timeline Photos SMAP! Goes The Memory
Scientists have long known that moisture content in the thin, top layers of soil plays an important role in global water processes. Recent findings published in Nature Geoscience show that roughly 14 percent of all rainfall remains
"09.04.2017 22:53:21" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We need your help! Two NASA websites and three of our social media programs are nominated for Webby Awards! Vote now: http://go.nasa.gov/2oPkPDa
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"09.04.2017 16:18:08" Timeline Photos Russia's Bay of Whales
If you are in the market for a molting whale epidermis, Russia's Ulbanskiy Bay might be a good place to search for one. The area is mostly uninhabited by humans, but it does support sizable numbers of whales, whose cast-off skins
"08.04.2017 21:29:46" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We need your help! The NASA website and four of our social media programs are nominated for Webby Awards! Vote now: http://go.nasa.gov/2ocrEgH
"08.04.2017 17:15:12" earthobservatory.nasa.gov 'Ungovernable Fury' : Image of the Day 'Ungovernable Fury'
The churning waters off Norway's coast have been rumored to swallow boats whole. Their force captured the imagination of writers like Edgar Allan Poe. “Even while I gazed, this current acquired a monstrous velocity. Each moment added
"07.04.2017 20:30:00" 2017 Solar Eclipse: Earth, Moon and Sun 2017 Solar Eclipse
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire United States, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view a partial eclipse as the moon
"07.04.2017 18:41:07" Timeline Photos Flooding in Northern Peru
Several weeks of intense rain have triggered severe floods and mudslides in Peru. On April 4, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this image of flood waters near the town of Parachique. More than
"07.04.2017 14:51:07" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Finding Fires Before They Rage : Image of the Day Finding Fires Before They Rage
Satellites can already detect wildfires at nighttime, assuming skies are mostly clear and the fire is large enough. But scientists have now found a way to detect nighttime fires even sooner, when they are still relatively
"06.04.2017 17:00:00" nasa.gov Celebrate Earth Day - #AdoptThePlanet NASA invites people around the world to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space. NASA invites you to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by virtually adopting a piece of Earth as seen from space. Your personalized adoption certificate will feature data from NASA's Earth-observing satellites for a randomly assigned location. Print it and
"06.04.2017 15:29:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Overlooked Landslides : Image of the Day Overlooked Landslides
Thousands of fatal landslides happen each year, and most of them reportedly occur in Asia. India, China, and Southeast Asia sustain especially large numbers of landslide casualties and damage, according to a catalog of
"05.04.2017 21:34:42" Timeline Photos Blog Post: A Climate Model for the History Books
Decades or even centuries from now, when enough time has passed for historians to write definitive accounts of global warming and climate change, two names are likely to make it into history books: Syukuro
"05.04.2017 20:45:00" nws.noaa.gov Share Your Safe-Place Selfie with NWS! NOAA's Weather–Ready Nation is about readying your community for extreme weather, water, and climate events. NASA monitors severe storms from space with satellites, but do you know where to go and what to do when severe weather threatens your location? Knowing your "safe place" when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action that anyone can take. To
"05.04.2017 19:42:18" Photos from NASA Earth's post Today, NASA Operation IceBridge saw sea ice, glaciers and ice floes … after de-icing the plane for the flight over Norway. https://go.nasa.gov/2mJxJ3G
"05.04.2017 15:22:48" Timeline Photos The Oil Fires in Qayyarah Are Out
Several oil fires that have burned in northern Iraq for months have been extinguished. NASA satellites first detected fires at one or two wells near the towns of Qayyarah and Shargat in May 2016. Small fires continued to
"04.04.2017 23:30:00" NASA Analyzes Storms that Caused Deadly Colombia Mudslides Late Friday night, March 31, and early morning Saturday, April 1, heavy rains caused flash flooding and deadly mudslides in Mocoa, Colombia. NASA is analyzing the extremely intense storms that added heavy rain to the waterlogged terrain around Mocoa,
"04.04.2017 21:02:54" Photos from NASA Earth's post Blog Post: Hunting “Peak Bloom” in a California Desert
In March 2017, California's Colorado Desert sprang to life with vegetation following a period of ample precipitation. From space, imagery acquired on March 23 showed a widespread green up. From the
"04.04.2017 18:30:00" Photos from NASA Earth's post A recent NASA Operation Ice Bridge flight over Northwest Greenland caught an avalanche in progress and saw the calving front of the Petermann Glacier. https://go.nasa.gov/2mJxJ3G
"04.04.2017 16:01:00" Earth Expedition: From the Ground Up, Building an Earth Scienc... Flying high aboard NASA's ER-2, the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) uses over 224 sensors to identify, measure, and monitor natural features of the Earth's surface and atmosphere based on reflective light from the sun. The
"04.04.2017 15:38:53" Flooding from Cyclone Debbie Flooding from Cyclone Debbie
In March 2017, Cyclone Debbie struck the coast of Queensland, Australia, and dumped large amounts of rain throughout the state. Several days later, flood water was still working its way through the state's waterways and
"03.04.2017 17:26:24" Timeline Photos SmallSats Enter Science Operations Phase
NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) – a constellation of eight smallsats that will take detailed measurements of windspeeds inside hurricanes – successfully completed the on-orbit
"03.04.2017 16:22:13" Puzzles Within Puzzles
"03.04.2017 14:51:52" Timeline Photos Agriculture on the Ethiopian Plateau
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station centered this photograph on numerous, densely packed agricultural fields on a high plateau (about 8 kilometers in diameter) amidst lowlands. Taken at the end of the
"02.04.2017 19:00:00" EO-1: The Little Satellite That Could ICYMI: After 17 years of operation, with more than 92,000 images captured, the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite exceeded expectations in both its technology and research goals, as well as longevity.
On March 30, 2017, the satellite was powered off due
"02.04.2017 16:32:51" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A California Desert Erupts in Wildflowers : Image of the Day A California Desert Erupts in Wildflowers
Plentiful winter rains provoked vivid blooms, injecting color into the California desert this spring. The normally arid Anza-Borrego Desert sprang into bright yellow, pink, and violet hues in March 2017 as
"01.04.2017 19:00:00" Timeline Photos This week, NASA powered off Earth Observing-1, its “little Earth satellite that could.” It launched in 2000 with 13 new technologies (and three instruments) that had never been flown. It was only supposed to last a year, but EO-1 persevered, collecting
"01.04.2017 18:00:00" Timeline Photos A brief news roundup of some of the latest Earth science stories from NASA.
MORE HEAT, LESS SINGING
Longer, more intense, and more frequent heatwaves threaten U.S. songbirds, according to a recent study. In a scenario where temperatures increase by 4
"01.04.2017 15:13:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Bryce Canyon National Park : Image of the Day Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah's Bryce Canyon is not the deepest in the United States; its largest “amphitheater” of naturally eroded rock drops 240 meters. Arizona's Grand Canyon, for comparison, measures more than 1,800 meters deep in places. But
"31.03.2017 21:00:00" Timeline Photos African Dust Aloft
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this view of dust blowing out from Africa over Atlantic Ocean on March 29, 2017. Dust picked up by winds from the Sahara and other North African
"31.03.2017 15:04:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov New Land Around Shanghai : Image of the Day New Land Around Shanghai
The number of people living in Shanghai is not the only thing about the city that has increased dramatically since the 1980s. The amount of land available to its residents has grown as well. By building seawalls just off the
"30.03.2017 19:56:22" EO-1: The Little Satellite That Could The satellite was tiny, the size of a small refrigerator, only supposed to last one year and built and operated on a shoestring budget — yet it persisted. After 17 years of operation, with more than 92,000 images captured from each of its imagers, the
"30.03.2017 18:51:58" Photos from NASA Earth's post Q & A: Egypt's Greening Desert
In early March 2017, NASA Earth Observatory featured this image of crop circles as their monthly satellite puzzler and Image of the Day. Sometimes more information trickles in after a story has been published because
"30.03.2017 16:24:28" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Global View of Landslide Susceptibility : Image of the Day A Global View of Landslide Susceptibility
By one estimate, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill roughly 4,600 people each year. Scientists at NASA and elsewhere are trying to find ways to reduce that number.
Dalia Kirschbaum and Thomas Stanley have
"30.03.2017 00:45:03" Photos from NASA Earth's post During today's NASA Operation IceBridge flight, scientists saw mountains in the mist of Greenland and melt channels in Ellesmere Island. https://go.nasa.gov/2mJxJ3G
"30.03.2017 00:04:54" Flying with Friends: Operation IceBridge's Collaboration with ESA
"29.03.2017 21:20:50" Timeline Photos Ash and Snow at Kambalny
On March 28, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired this natural-color image of volcanic activity at Kambalny. Note the dark shading on the lower half of the scene; this is likely ash laying on top of the
"29.03.2017 15:46:21" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Flood Waters Inundate Coastal Peru : Image of the Day Flood Waters Inundate Coastal Peru
Heavy rains that began in mid-March have left Peru reeling. More than 70,000 people have lost their homes, according to Reuters, and more than 80 people have died in mudslides and flooding.
The Moderate Resolution
"28.03.2017 17:01:34" One Week of Rainfall Across Peru The Global Precipitation Measurement constellation of satellites provide data on precipitation rates and totals around the world. Recently the GPM core observatory measured the heavy rainfall that caused extensive flooding and loss of life in Peru.
"28.03.2017 15:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Russian Volcano Rumbles : Image of the Day Russian Volcano Rumbles
A long-dormant volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula erupted in March 2017. Several satellites caught images of a thick, ash-laden plume trailing from Kambalny.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on
"27.03.2017 23:00:00" Timeline Photos The first global, long-term satellite study of airborne ammonia gas has revealed "hotspots" of the pollutant over four of the world's most productive agricultural regions. The study ties fertilizers, animal waste, and changes to atmospheric chemistry and
"27.03.2017 21:34:22" Timeline Photos Blog Post: Did Air Pollution Make Sea Ice Cover Grow Between 1950 and 1970?
Our Earth Matters blog takes a brief look at a new study that considered how aerosols may have affected Arctic sea ice cover during a period before satellite observations of ice
"27.03.2017 21:00:00" Timeline Photos We love our work. Seen today by a NASA Operation IceBridge flight: The heart-shaped front of a calving glacier in Northwest Greenland. https://go.nasa.gov/2mJxJ3G
"27.03.2017 16:29:11" A 'Dizzying Dance in the Air'
"27.03.2017 16:16:00" How a NASA Science Flight is No Ordinary Journey In order to build a snow satellite, scientists need to test the instruments from a plane first. A new NASA-led #EarthExpedition airborne campaign called SnowEx spent three weeks in February soaring the skies above Colorado's snowy lands. Scientists were
"27.03.2017 15:56:03" Timeline Photos Wheatland Reservoir, Wyoming
This photograph, taken in February 2017 from the International Space Station, shows an ice-covered reservoir in the windy high country of Wyoming, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Laramie. The mile-wide reservoir
"26.03.2017 21:30:00" Earth Expeditions: Volcanos and Coral Reefs from 65,000 feet w... ICYMI: NASA's CORAL #EarthExpedition to Hawaii will help scientists understand this unique reef environment and evaluate a possible satellite mission. https://go.nasa.gov/2n2HOWQ
"26.03.2017 18:00:00" Arctic & Antarctic Sea Ice 2017 ICYMI: As winter wraps up in the Northern Hemisphere, sea ice in the Arctic reaches as far as it will extend for the year. However, this year's ice covers less of the sea than at any other time during the satellite record. Since 1979, we've watched sea
"26.03.2017 15:49:02" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Tasman Glacier Retreats : Image of the Day Tasman Glacier Retreats
New Zealand's Tasman Glacier is a massive block of ice, but it is no bulwark. The longest glacier in the country is neither immovable nor permanent. Instead, it continues to shrink by the day.
In the first image, captured on
"26.03.2017 03:45:00" Timeline Photos Blog Post: Thank You, GRACE
On March 17, 2002, two small satellites (nicknamed Tom and Jerry) blasted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. In the 15 years since, there is nothing funny about what this pair has accomplished. In fact, as my
"25.03.2017 18:00:00" Timeline Photos In a new study, a team led by researchers from Michigan Technological University created the first, truly global inventory for volcanic sulfur dioxide emissions, using data from an instrument on NASA's Aura satellite, launched in 2004. Researchers
"25.03.2017 15:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Turquoise Tendrils : Image of the Day Turquoise Tendrils
On March 18, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired a natural-color image of what appears to be a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Tunisia. It is also possible that the
"24.03.2017 19:15:00" Timeline Photos Blog Post: Green Ice and Snow
You never know where phytoplankton will turn up next. From space, we regularly see colorful blooms of them swirling in the world's oceans. Inland basins and waterways support them too, such as Florida's Lake Okeechobee,
"24.03.2017 16:30:00" media.giphy.com media.giphy.com November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand was so unusual, it may change how scientists think about earthquake hazards. https://go.nasa.gov/2n1Fvn1
"23.03.2017 22:21:35" Earth Expeditions: Volcanos and Coral Reefs from 65,000 feet w... A NASA-led science team spent six weeks in January and February studying Hawaii's volcanoes and coral reefs using the agency's ER-2 aircraft. The mission, called Hyperspectral InfraRed Imager (HyspIRI), focused on observing coral reef health and volcano
"23.03.2017 16:34:49" Photos from NASA Earth's post After a successful deployment in Alaska, NASA Operation IceBridge is back in Thule, Greenland. Bonus? Seeing Northern lights over the transit flight. It's a busy time in Greenland. NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland airborne mission is also at work there
"23.03.2017 11:04:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Rise and Fall of SO Over Aruba : Image of the Day The Rise and Fall of SO2 Over Aruba
When the oil refinery in San Nicolas, Aruba, shut its doors in 2009, a silent change took place. Above the azure seas and chimney stacks, the air began to clear as sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions plummeted.
"22.03.2017 21:29:19" nasa.gov How A.I. Captured a Volcano's Changing Lava Lake For more than 12 years, A.I. developed at JPL has tracked wildfires, floods and erupting volcanoes. One of Earth's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence helped NASA understand how.
In January, a fissure opened at the top of Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano – one of the few in the world with an active lava lake in its caldera.
"22.03.2017 17:21:25" Sea Ice Reaches Record Lows Arctic sea ice reached a new record low maximum extent earlier this month, continuing a decades-long trend of declining sea ice coverage at the top of the planet. Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice also reached a record low minimum extent, despite a recent
"21.03.2017 18:41:37" nasa.gov NASA Acting Administrator Statement on the NASA Authorization Act Statement from NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot on President Trump signing Tuesday the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017. https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-acting-administrator-statement-on-the-nasa-authorization-act-of-2017
"21.03.2017 15:00:31" Under the Surface of El Niño Under the Surface of El Niño
The ocean is not uniform. Temperature, salinity, and other characteristics vary in three dimensions, from north to south, east to west, and from the surface to the depths. With its own forms of underwater weather, the ocean
"20.03.2017 22:54:27" ScienceCasts: NASA Embraces Small Satellites The earliest satellites of the Space Age were small. Sputnik, for instance, weighed just 184.3 lbs. America's first satellite, Explorer 1, was even smaller at only about 30 lbs. Over time, satellites grew to accommodate more sensors with greater
"20.03.2017 19:00:02" Earth Expedition: ATom postcard - Ascension Island to the Azor... Atmospheric scientist Róisín Commane of Harvard University sent back a video postcard from Ascension Island and the Azores Islands, the seventh and eighth legs of the Atmospheric Tomography, or ATom #EarthExpedition. Flying over the Atlantic Ocean, the
"20.03.2017 17:03:43" NASA Sun Science Today is an equinox, one of two days a year when night and day are just about equal lengths across the globe. In the Northern Hemisphere, this equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring.
We're live at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Equinox today, total solar eclipse this summer!
"20.03.2017 16:35:24" Timeline Photos Tune in LIVE at 1 pm ET to hear all about the #FirstDayofSpring and the upcoming total solar eclipse!
"20.03.2017 15:00:02" Timeline Photos Grand Turk Island
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of Grand Turk Island, situated on the southern end of the Bahamas archipelago in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Grand Turk Island is just 10 kilometers (6 miles)
"20.03.2017 12:54:33" Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth's seasons. As we experience the March equinox today we thought we'd offer a space-based view of what's going on.
Around 6 a.m.
"19.03.2017 17:08:25" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration As planned since the start of the mission, one of our pathfinder Earth satellites will be powered off on March 30. During its 17 years of service, the Earth Observing (EO-1) satellite tested cutting-edge technologies that were incorporated into subsequent
"19.03.2017 15:00:02" Timeline Photos Where Trucks Drive on the River
If your vehicle weighs less than 22,000 pounds, you can drive the frozen river out to Reindeer Station. Bitterly cold and 194 kilometers (120 miles) long, the ice road runs between the remote outposts of Inuvik and
"18.03.2017 21:09:29" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Like a ballet, this constellation of nine Tracking and Data Relay Satellites form the space-based segment of the Space Network, all of which are in geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles (35,785 km) above Earth, acting as switchboards-in-the-sky that receive
"18.03.2017 18:00:00" Timeline Photos In March, the Arctic sea ice pack is supposed to reach its greatest extent — but this year it's far below average, off by an area about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined.
Satellite observations currently reveal how much of the ocean surface is
"18.03.2017 15:01:32" Timeline Photos Ice on Puma Yumco
Several hundred lakes dot the expansive Tibetan Plateau. With the average plateau elevation exceeding 4,500 meters (14,800 feet) above sea level, its lakes are among the highest in the world.
Puma Yumco in Lhozhag County is one of the
"17.03.2017 23:00:00" Timeline Photos Today marks 15 years since the launch of NASA's GRACE mission. The twin satellites have revolutionized our view of how water moves and is stored on Earth.
"With GRACE, we effectively created a new field of spaceborne remote sensing: tracking the movement
"17.03.2017 21:00:00" Timeline Photos Nighttime Glow at Mount Etna
At about 2:30 a.m. local time (01:30 Universal Time) on March 16, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this image during a recent bout of activity on Mount Etna—a
"17.03.2017 18:00:09" Sprawling Shanghai Sprawling Shanghai
Geographers who have studied the growth of China's cities over the past four decades tend to sum up the pace of change with one word: unprecedented. In 1960, about 110 million Chinese people—or 16 percent of the population—lived in
"17.03.2017 15:28:17" Timeline Photos It is easy to see from this true-color image why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. Intense green vegetation, primarily grassland, covers most of the country except for the exposed rock on mountaintops. Ireland owes its greenness to moderate temperatures
"16.03.2017 22:50:25" Sights from the ACT-America Winter Field Campaign
"16.03.2017 15:19:11" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration We continue to do amazing work to develop and launch our missions and increase this nation's technical capabilities across the board. The fiscal year 2018 budget proposal enables us to continue our work with industry to enhance government capabilities,
"16.03.2017 15:18:01" Timeline Photos Stress on the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef structure, supporting a huge array of marine life off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef's designation as a marine park helps protect it from some human
"15.03.2017 22:31:22" 15 Years of GRACE This week marks 15 years since the launch of NASA's GRACE mission. The twin satellites have revolutionized our view of how water moves and is stored on Earth.
"Revolutionary" is a word you hear often when people talk about the GRACE mission. Since the
"15.03.2017 16:48:07" 12444_icevelocity_fix_high.mp4 Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and sometimes surprising patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellite images to map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world.
With imagery and data
"15.03.2017 15:29:07" Timeline Photos Contrasting Ridges in Virginia
Along the western border of Virginia, two roughly parallel ridges—one of which is the backbone of Shenandoah National Park and the other part of George Washington National Forest—rise above the rolling lowlands of the
"14.03.2017 21:30:00" Sea Surface Height, 2015-2017 Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The latest
"14.03.2017 16:30:06" Timeline Photos What's NASA's favorite holiday? It just might be today, March 14, otherwise known as Pi Day.
You may already know all about the mathematical constant pi (π) and how it can be used to calculate things like the circumference of a circle or the volume of a
"14.03.2017 15:54:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov South Africa's 'Brown Gold' : Image of the Day South Africa's 'Brown Gold'
Africa's Great Escarpment is a place of big ups and downs. Parallel ridges and deep, long valleys create a range of habitats and elevations for its flora and fauna. But the Escarpment sees ups and downs in another sense: tree
"13.03.2017 21:22:07" Timeline Photos Two years in the making, a 10-pound, bread-loaf-sized satellite is poised to take flight on Orbital ATK's resupply mission to the International Space Station. IceCube, which will measure Earth's cloud ice using a radiometer, is the first small satellite
"13.03.2017 15:02:55" Timeline Photos Fending Off the Wind on the Steppe
The dark, angular lines crossing this snowy landscape attracted the attention of an astronaut looking down from the International Space Station. This photograph shows the parallel lines of a major shelterbelt—also known
"12.03.2017 18:00:00" Timeline Photos Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert Southwest are putting songbirds at greater risk for mass die-offs, according to a new study.
Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the
"12.03.2017 15:24:37" Timeline Photos Traffic-free and Sky-high
These streets appear far whiter and whole lot more fluffy than their land-bound cousins. So-called “cloud streets” feature trailing parallel bands of water vapor.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the
"11.03.2017 20:00:00" ScienceCasts- Earth Observation from the Station ICYMI: A new instrument was installed this week on the International Space Station to help monitor long-term changes in Earth's ozone, the atmospheric layer that protects us from the sun's harmful UV rays. SAGE III will use the unique vantage point of
"11.03.2017 17:40:53" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Cultivating Egypt's Desert : Image of the Day Cultivating Egypt's Desert
Egypt's Western Desert is dry, which is not surprising; it is, after all, a desert. But this part of the eastern Sahara (west of the Nile River) is so dry—receiving just centimeters of rainfall per year—that researchers
"10.03.2017 22:34:05" Timeline Photos For eight years, Operation IceBridge, NASA's aerial survey of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how the ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for
"10.03.2017 16:18:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Satellite Catalogs Volcanic Sulfur Emissions : Image of the Day Satellite Catalogs Volcanic Sulfur Emissions
Volcanoes erupt, spewing ash and rock. Their scarred flanks sometimes run with both lava and landslides. Such eruptions are dramatic, but sporadic.
A less dramatic but important volcanic process is the
"09.03.2017 22:30:18" Our cloud app, NASA GLOBE Observer, allows you, the citizen scientist, to make cloud observations and do science on the go. Learn how you can contribute to our understanding of how clouds affect Earth.
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"09.03.2017 18:00:00" Timeline Photos Our cloud app, NASA GLOBE Observer, allows you, the citizen scientist, to make cloud observations and do science on the go. Learn how you can contribute to our understanding of how clouds affect Earth.
Join us TODAY at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT for a
"09.03.2017 17:30:00" Animation of SAGE III Installation on the International Space ... Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19 launch, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth's upper
"09.03.2017 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Antarctic Sea Ice is Lean and Green : Image of the Day Antarctic Sea Ice is Lean and Green
It may look like someone dyed the water green for St. Patrick's Day, but the green hue visible off the coast of Antarctica is entirely natural.
On March 5, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured
"08.03.2017 22:30:00" 3-D Flyby of Eastern U.S. Storms Record breaking warm temperatures this winter in the eastern U.S. have resulted in the formation of spring-like severe thunderstorms and deadly tornadoes. Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for GPM or IMERG data were used to show the rainfall that
"08.03.2017 22:00:01" Timeline Photos March Puzzler
Our latest puzzler is out. Quick, what is this, where is it, and what makes this image interesting? http://go.nasa.gov/2mHeIzv
"08.03.2017 18:24:47" Working Around the Weather
"08.03.2017 17:30:00" Timeline Photos Our cloud app, NASA GLOBE Observer, allows you, the citizen scientist, to make cloud observations and do science on the go. Learn how you can contribute to our understanding of how clouds affect Earth.
Join us tomorrow, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30
"08.03.2017 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Cutting into Africa's Green Heart : Image of the Day Cutting into Africa's Green Heart
In Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest National Park, the trees grow tall. Old hardwood trees—such as mahogany and ebony—tower over the forest floor. But just beyond the park borders, the vegetation is markedly less robust.
"07.03.2017 22:05:45" Timeline Photos Fires in the Great Plains
Strong winds have fueled fast-moving fires in the Great Plains.
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of fires raging along the border of Kansas and
"07.03.2017 21:58:32" Photos from NASA Earth's post Blog Post: A Recent (Though Not Entirely Clear) View of the Antarctic Peninsula
Regular readers may have noticed that we have published a few stories and images of the Antarctic Peninsula recently. Those images where made possible by a weather pattern
"07.03.2017 16:21:13" Timeline Photos People Cause Most U.S. Wildfires
Humans—not lightning—trigger most wildfires in the United States. According to a study published in February 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 84 percent of the blazes that firefighters were
"07.03.2017 12:18:13" schmidtocean.org New Technology Gives Insight to Ocean Color for NASA Satellites - Schmidt Ocean Institute NASA Scientists return to land on Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor after making important observations of phytoplankton with new technology to support current and future satellite observations. NEWPORT, OREGON – A swath of new instruments
"06.03.2017 16:55:22" Timeline Photos Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii is one of Earth's most active volcanoes, drawing scientists and tourists alike from all over the world to study and witness its spectacular displays of nature. For the past six weeks, NASA-led science team is
"06.03.2017 15:44:53" Timeline Photos Naples and Mount Vesuvius at Night
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the city lights of Naples and the Campania region of southern Italy. A regional view of Italy from 2014 shows the Naples region to be one of
"06.03.2017 02:50:08" Timeline Photos Sediment Pours into Monterey Bay
The Salinas and Pajaro rivers dumped sediment into Monterey Bay on February 27, 2017. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image that day.
"05.03.2017 16:02:00" Timeline Photos San Joaquin Valley is Still Sinking
Since the 1920s, excessive pumping of groundwater at thousands of wells has caused land to subside, or sink, by as much as 8.5 meters (28 feet) in sections of California's San Joaquin Valley. This subsidence is
"04.03.2017 16:54:29" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Spanish Peaks Turn Tan : Image of the Day Spanish Peaks Turn Tan
Two days after it was lofted into the air over the Sahara Desert on February 20, dust blew north into Spain and Europe. As dust particles settled down en masse on the snow-covered peaks of Spain's Sierra Nevada, they left the
"03.03.2017 18:53:41" Photon Jump Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Pho the Photon!
In the new animated short “Photon Jump,” media arts students with the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia have imagined what it's like for a plucky particle of light with the ICESat-2 mission.
"03.03.2017 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Abundant Snowpack Blankets the Sierra Nevada : Image of the Day Abundant Snowpack Blankets the Sierra Nevada
Snowpack on the Sierra Nevada provides one-third of the water consumed by California citizens, farmers, and businesses each year. For the first time in at least five years, there should be more than enough of
"02.03.2017 16:00:03" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov The Solar Ring of Fire
On February 26, 2017, the skies above Argentina dimmed and the landscape darkened as the Moon moved in front of the Sun, partially blocking its rays. The same thing happened that day in Chile and Angola, as a “ring of fire”
"01.03.2017 17:10:59" nasa.gov NASA Data Show California's San Joaquin Valley Still Sinking Groundwater Pumping Causing Subsidence, Damaging Water Infrastructure Since the 1920s, excessive pumping of groundwater at thousands of wells in California's San Joaquin Valley has caused land in sections of the valley to subside, or sink, by as much as 28 feet (8.5 meters). This subsidence is exacerbated during droughts,
"01.03.2017 16:17:21" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Grounded in the Caspian Sea : Image of the Day Grounded in the Caspian Sea
On February 4, 2017, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 acquired natural-color images that beautifully demonstrate the variety of ice types that can form in the northern Caspian Sea.
The Caspian stretches about
"28.02.2017 16:00:47" Timeline Photos Food Shortages in the Greater Horn of Africa
Political instability, war, and dry weather has pushed food production systems to the breaking point in several countries in the Greater Horn of Africa.
With tens of millions of people already facing serious
"27.02.2017 16:03:24" Timeline Photos Flood Waters Reach Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre
Taken by the EarthKAM camera on the International Space Station, this photograph shows Australia's largest inland lake. Lake Eyre is easily recognizable from space, being a large, white-floored lake bed that is
"26.02.2017 20:00:00" Timeline Photos Fires – both wild and prescribed – dot the Southeast. Wildfires occur naturally with lightning strikes or can be set by people. Prescribed fires are those deliberately set by land management authorities to take out underlying brush and dead grass, the
"26.02.2017 16:15:11" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Glaciers Ebb in South Georgia : Image of the Day Glaciers Ebb in South Georgia
Frequent cloud cover in the southern Atlantic Ocean often obscures satellite images of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. But occasionally the clouds give way. On September 14, 2016, the Operational Land Imager
"25.02.2017 19:00:00" NASA Applied Science: A Voice for Whales The WhaleWatch project, supported by NASA's Applied Sciences Program, uses environmental data from NASA satellites to predict when whales will be near the U.S. West Coast to help prevent ship strikes and entanglements.
To learn more about how NASA's
"25.02.2017 18:02:04" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Dust Over the Persian Gulf
In February 2017, dust storms enveloped the countries bordering the Persian Gulf. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites captured these natural-color images of a storm on
"24.02.2017 22:00:03" Timeline Photos Dust Storm Over North Africa
On February 21, 2017, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of a large dust plume streaming from North Africa toward Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.
"24.02.2017 19:05:45" Timeline Photos Oroville Dam
On February 22, 2017, International Space Station crew member Sergey Ryzhikov captured this image of Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam. To decrease reservoir levels and prevent a collapse of the emergency spillway following high amounts of
"24.02.2017 16:00:05" Timeline Photos The Most Studied Peninsula on Antarctica
It is rare for satellites to get a clear view of the whole Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost arm of the continent and one of the largest contributors to sea level rise during the past half-century. In the
"23.02.2017 18:38:09" California Gets Slammed Again California has been experiencing drought since 2012, though 2017 has brought some relief in the form of torrential rains. These rains traveled to California in a series of atmospheric rivers, long narrow channels of water vapor in the atmosphere. These
"23.02.2017 16:41:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov An Emerald Vortex : Image of the Day An Emerald Vortex
Every so often, a vibrant green color infuses the waters of Lake Maracaibo. Floating vegetation—likely duckweed—was swirling in the Venezuelan lake when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite
"23.02.2017 15:54:59" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Installation confirmed! SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft was officially attached to International Space Station at 8:12 a.m. EST. The spacecraft is delivering more than 5,000 tons of supplies and research to the crew on orbit. It will stay attached to the
"22.02.2017 22:00:01" Timeline Photos From an Atmospheric River to a River of a Sediment
In the past two months, weather reports in California, Oregon, and Washington have been filled with news of “atmospheric rivers” bringing copious amounts of rain and snow to the western United States.
"22.02.2017 19:41:33" NASA's ER-2 Cockpit During Flight 360 VIEW: Take a look inside the cockpit of NASA's high altitude ER-2 aircraft as it descends for landing at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. This month scientists have been using the aircraft to collect data on coral reef health and volcanic
"22.02.2017 19:00:00" El Niño: Underwater Temperatures and Water Masses El Niño: Underwater Temperatures and Water Masses
The ocean is not uniform. Temperatures, salinity, and other characteristics vary in three dimensions, from north to south, east to west, and from the surface to the depths. With its own forms of
"22.02.2017 02:03:24" Timeline Photos Early tomorrow morning, Astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA - European Space Agency and Shane Kimbrough of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration will use the International Space Station's robotic arm to capture SpaceX's Dragon capsule when it
"21.02.2017 22:00:00" Atmospheric River Slams California Atmospheric river storms are common in winter along the U.S. West Coast, where rain and snow are often needed. For that reason, Americans tend to think of them mainly in terms of precipitation, imaged here. A new NASA study shows another risk along with
"21.02.2017 17:31:24" Six Things You Don't Know About Snow 6 Things You Didn't Know About Snow
NASA scientists are in the field right now, testing advanced technologies to measure snow like never before. In a five-year study called #SnowEx, researchers are improving techniques to determine how much water is
"21.02.2017 16:08:08" Timeline Photos Heat Wave Breaks Records in Australia
Heat waves are not unusual in Australia. A subtropical belt of high pressure that flows over the continent regularly delivers pulses of hot, dry air to the surface in the summer. Yet even by Australian standards, the
"20.02.2017 15:00:02" Timeline Photos Red on White: Lake Maharlu
An astronaut aboard the international Space Station took this photograph of the shores of Lake Maharlu in the mountains of southwest Iran. Yearly evaporation in this desert region is much greater than yearly rainfall so that,
"20.02.2017 06:53:24" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Beating Back the Sands in Isatay : Image of the Day Beating Back the Sands in Isatay
Looking down from space in winter, the patch of earth around Isatay looks greenish brown—a misleading color. This remote part of Kazakhstan—a country with just 8 percent arable land—is far from verdant. In several parts
"20.02.2017 06:39:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Fires Threaten Christchurch : Image of the Day Fires Threaten Christchurch
Fires near the center of Christchurch, New Zealand, have burned through homes and spurred the evacuation of more than 1,000 people, according to news reports. The seriousness of the Port Hills fires led officials to declare a
"19.02.2017 21:05:00" Earth Expeditions: ATom looks at volcano emissions The Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission takes flight through Earth's atmosphere to understand how short-lived greenhouse gases like ozone and methane contribute to climate change. Flying over Hawaii, they also took readings of sulfur dioxide from the
"19.02.2017 14:54:49" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration LIVE ROCKET LAUNCH: Watch live as we send research and supplies to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Liftoff of their Falcon 9 rocket from historic Pad 39A at our Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which was used to launch SpaceX's Dragon capsule is on the way to the International Space Station with 5,000 pounds of supplies and science.
"19.02.2017 14:22:59" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Tune in at 8:45 a.m. EST for live coverage of the next potential launch opportunity for SpaceX's space station cargo mission, slated for 9:39 a.m. Watch: http://go.nasa.gov/2kBgd1Y
Follow our SpaceX launch blog for updates: http://go.nasa.gov/2kBiREO
"19.02.2017 03:53:29" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration The next potential launch opportunity for SpaceX's space station cargo mission is 9:39 a.m. EST Sunday. Live coverage begins at 8:45 a.m. More: http://go.nasa.gov/2kAqeMU Two Earth science missions are aboard.
"18.02.2017 16:29:55" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration SCRUB! Today's launch of SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station has been called off to allow SpaceX time to “take a closer look at the positioning of the second stage engine nozzle.” The next earliest launch opportunity is The next earliest launch opportunity is 9:38am ET tomorrow. You can tune in at nasa.gov/live.
"18.02.2017 15:07:01" nasa.gov NASA Live NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. SCRUB! Today's launch of SpaceX Dragon to the International Space Station has been called off for today. Live updates: nasa.gov/live
"18.02.2017 14:46:09" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration The SpaceX Dragon is set to launch today at 10:01am ET (3:01pm UTC) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center carrying science & supplies to the International Space Station. Fueling of the Falcon 9 rocket is underway and the launch team is currently working no You can tune into launch coverage RIGHT NOW of two Earth Science missions aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule for deliver to the International Space Station!
"18.02.2017 03:47:46" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Saturday is launch day! A SpaceX Falcon 9 is being prepped to launch the company's Dragon spacecraft into orbit carrying about 5,500 pounds of equipment and experiments to the International Space Station. Live coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. EST leading up Two Earth science missions will blast off tomorrow. Here's how you can tune in:
"17.02.2017 21:59:04" A Tour of the Navy's P-3 Aircraft Measuring Snow LIVE NOW: Join us as we explore inside the Navy P-3 Orion aircraft at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. As part of a new NASA-led mission called #SnowEx, this aircraft is flying over Grand Mesa and Senator Beck Basin to improve our
"17.02.2017 20:00:05" Timeline Photos Tomorrow, the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) will launch to the space station as part of the SpaceX CRS-10 mission. LIS will detect total lightning (i.e. cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, and intra-cloud flashes) both night and day from its perch on the
"17.02.2017 17:00:05" A 'SAGE" on the Space Station The SAGE III instrument is all set for launch to the International Space Station tomorrow, Saturday, February 18 at 10:01 AM EST aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-10. From its new home on orbit, SAGE will monitor the Earth's ozone levels and aerosols. The
"17.02.2017 16:00:17" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Widespread Snowfall in Afghanistan : Image of the Day Widespread Snowfall in Afghanistan
In early February 2017, deadly avalanches buried villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to news reports. Snow is not unusual in these countries; there are even glaciers on some of the highest peaks. What is
"16.02.2017 22:26:03" nasa.gov Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow Two new instruments are scheduled to make their way to the station Feb. 18 on the SpaceX Dragon capsule. The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.
"16.02.2017 22:25:06" earthobservatory.nasa.gov earthobservatory.nasa.gov El Niño: Pacific Wind and Current Changes Bring Warm, Wild Weather
El Niño is one of the most important weather-producing phenomena on Earth. The changing ocean conditions disrupt weather patterns and marine life in the Pacific and around the world.
"16.02.2017 20:01:18" Timeline Photos Saturday, SAGE III will launch to the space station as part of the SpaceX CRS-10 mission. Hitching a ride in the "trunk" of the Dragon, the instrument will be removed by a robotic arm and installed on the outside of the station. SAGE III will operate
"16.02.2017 17:23:18" NASA Investigates Water Supply in Snow This February, a NASA-led research campaign called #SnowEx kicked off in Colorado. The 5-year study will advance global measurements of how much snow is on the ground at any given time and how much liquid water is contained in that snow. The amount of
"16.02.2017 16:53:13" Longyangxia Dam Solar Park Longyangxia Dam Solar Park
In the past few years, the title of “largest solar farm in the world” has been a rather short-lived distinction. For a period in 2014, the Topaz Solar Farm in California topped the list with its 550-megawatt (MW) facility. In
"15.02.2017 21:15:00" Timeline Photos SAGE III on Meteor-3M was a third generation, satellite-borne instrument and a crucial element in NASA's Earth Observing System. The instrument was launched on the Russian Meteor-3M spacecraft in December 2001.
The SAGE III mission enhanced our
"15.02.2017 20:06:34" Water in Greenland's Helheim Glacier makes it's way to the coean Study Identifies New Pathway for Greenland Meltwater to Reach Ocean
Cracks in the Greenland Ice Sheet let one of its aquifers drain to the ocean. The 'firn' aquifers, discovered only recently, are unusual in that they trap large amounts of liquid water
"15.02.2017 17:14:52" nasa.gov NASA to Launch Sequel to Successful Lightning Study Mission A team of Earth scientists at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville have high hopes for a follow-up mission for the agency's Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) first launched into space in the We're launching a sequel to a successful lightning study mission! Meet the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS).
The LIS is a sophisticated lightning research instrument designed to measure the amount, rate and optical characteristics of lightning over Earth.
"15.02.2017 16:00:03" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Glacial “Aftershock” Spawns Antarctic Iceberg
Pine Island Glacier has shed another block of ice into Antarctic waters. The loss was tiny compared to the icebergs that broke off in 2014 and 2015, but the event is further evidence of the ice shelf's
"14.02.2017 22:48:19" Photos from NASA Earth's post Satellite Images We Love
In celebration of Valentine's Day, the NASA Earth Observatory staff took some time to look through our archives to find a few images that we absolutely love. Here are eight of our favorites scenes: the islands of Mergui
"14.02.2017 22:44:14" Bowing Before the Wind
"14.02.2017 21:00:01" Timeline Photos Continuing our look at the history of SAGE III on ISS, launching (hopefully) this Saturday, Feb 18...
The SAGE II instrument was part of the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS), a NASA scientific research satellite launched on October 5, 1984, to
"14.02.2017 17:30:00" Earth From 964,457 Miles Away It's no secret: We love Earth. NASA's EPIC camera on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s DSCOVR satellite views our planet from 964,457 miles away. These are the latest images, taken yesterday. Check out the latest images here:
"13.02.2017 21:08:22" Drought Turns to Deluge in California Drought Turns to Deluge in California
After extreme drought and water shortages plagued California for years, a series of winter storms pushed reservoirs in the Sacramento Valley to the brim in January and February 2017.
Rivers and reservoirs are
"13.02.2017 18:22:24" Timeline Photos Just as NASA takes what is learned studying other planets and applies it to Earth, technology meant for far away worlds is tested here first.
Mt. Erebus, 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) above Ross Island in Antarctica, is Earth's southernmost active volcano.
"13.02.2017 16:09:15" Timeline Photos Dek and Daga Islands, Ethiopia
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of Dek and Daga Islands in Lake Tana, Ethiopia. Both islands are volcanic in origin, as is the lake itself.
Situated in the Amhara Region of the
"12.02.2017 23:15:00" Timeline Photos The history of the soon-to-launch SAGE III instrument is storied.
The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment I (SAGE I) was launched February 18, 1979, aboard the Applications Explorer Mission-B (AEM-B) satellite. SAGE I was a sun photometer that used
"12.02.2017 18:00:00" Earth Expeditions: High-Altitude Science We fly to the edge of space as part of the #EarthExpedition in Hawaii studying volcanoes and coral reefs.
Flying at 65,000 feet (19,800 meters), above 95 percent of Earth's atmosphere, the ER-2 can closely replicate the data a future satellite could
"12.02.2017 16:00:06" Timeline Photos Shadegan Pond
Covering about 400,000 hectares (1 million acres) in Iran's Khuzestan province, the Shadegan wetlands are the largest in Iran. At their center is Shadegan Pond, a large but shallow body of water surrounded by a varied landscape of sugar
"11.02.2017 22:00:02" Timeline Photos Before there was SAGE, there was the Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement experiment, or SAM.
The SAM II experiment flew aboard the Nimbus-7 spacecraft from 1978 until 1993. Following the success of the SAM experiment aboard Apollo-Soyuz, and preceding the
"11.02.2017 19:00:00" Jane Goodall: The View from Space NASA has a unique vantage point from space and our data, free and open to the public, is used by researchers around the world.
For instance, data from Landsat satellites, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), have been critical
"11.02.2017 16:01:35" Timeline Photos New Zealand: Where River and Winds Weave
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured these images of New Zealand's Canterbury Plains and Eyrewell Forest on October 17, 2015. The shallow, braided channels of the Waimakariri River twist through
"11.02.2017 01:02:46" nasa.gov NASA Team Looks to Ancient Earth First to Study Hazy Exoplanets “We like to say that Archean Earth is the most alien planet we have geochemical data for,” said Giada Arney, Goddard astrobiologist. For astronomers trying to understand which distant planets might have habitable conditions, the role of atmospheric haze has been hazy. To help sort it out, a team of researchers has been looking to Earth – specifically Earth during the Archean era, an
"10.02.2017 21:18:04" Grit Factor and Teamwork
"10.02.2017 18:00:13" Timeline Photos Launching to the Space Station this month, SAGE III (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III) has a long history with humble beginnings...
Before there was SAGE, there was the Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement experiment, or SAM. The experiment
"10.02.2017 17:38:09" Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships Applications for #WiSciCamp 2017 are still open!
We're bringing together 100 high school girls for:
Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM Camp in Malawi from July 30 through August 15, 2017 at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).
"10.02.2017 16:00:03" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Finding Fires in Peru : Image of the Day Finding Fires in Peru
Before the rains arrived, Peru faced an intense fire season that lasted through 2016. Fires burned 6,594 acres (2,668 hectares) and encroached into 11 protected areas, according to an assessment by researchers with the Monitoring of
"09.02.2017 23:30:00" Timeline Photos TONIGHT at 7:00pm PT LIVE from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory a public talk about a world of rapid change as seen through the eyes of Alex Gardner, a NASA Earth scientist.
Watch + chat: http://ustream.tv/nasajpl2
We will share a link to the recorded
"09.02.2017 22:44:38" nasa.gov NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss Data from NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign are dramatically increasing our knowledge of how the ocean is melting Greenland's ice sheet. Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off our #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG!) last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic increase in knowledge of how Greenland's ice sheet is melting from below.
"09.02.2017 21:05:15" Earth Expeditions: ATom's 2017 Survey On its second worldwide tour, the Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) team starts by surveying the north's polar regions during winter, which is marked by a build-up of pollution from the United States, Canada, northern China, and Russia. In the spring,
"09.02.2017 18:20:14" LIVE NOW: Watch NASA's high-flying ER-2 aircraft take off from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The aircraft is heading out on a three hour flight over the Hawaiian Islands to study volcanos and coral reefs as part of the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI)
"09.02.2017 16:11:26" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Cleaning Up Cookstoves : Image of the Day Cleaning Up Cookstoves
Nearly 3 billion people around the world use traditional cookstoves that burn charcoal, coal, wood, crop residue, or animal dung. Though such solid fuels are cheap and readily available, they emit harmful pollutants that liquid
"09.02.2017 00:28:55" nasa.gov NASA-Led Campaign Studies Hawaii's Iconic Volcanoes A NASA-led science team is exploring Hawaii's Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes from the air, ground and space to better understand volcanic processes and hazards. Our #EarthExpedition continues this week in Hawaii, where scientists from NASA, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and several universities are in the midst of a six-week field campaign to study the links between
"08.02.2017 22:42:43" Photos from NASA Earth's post Using Satellites to Size Up the Severity of Crop Fires in Northern India
When an atmospheric scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center analyzed satellite records of fire activity in northern India, he found that crop fires in October and November
"08.02.2017 22:15:19" Super Bowl Sunday in the Atmosphere's Mixing Bowl
"08.02.2017 17:53:38" Rising Water at Wax Lake Delta, Louisiana The Louisiana coastline is sinking under the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of about one football field of land every hour (about 18 square miles lost in a year). But within this sinking region, two river deltas are growing. The Atchafalaya River and its
"08.02.2017 16:01:34" Timeline Photos The Zones of Kilimanjaro
Stories about Mount Kilimanjaro often focus on its height and location. The mountain—the tallest in Africa—is capped with snow and ice, despite sitting at a tropical latitude close to the equator. This volcanic mountain in
"07.02.2017 22:05:00" Timeline Photos February Puzzler
Our latest puzzler is out. Quick, what is this, where is it, and what makes this image interesting? http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/earthmatters/2017/02/06/february-puzzler-5/
"07.02.2017 17:15:00" nasa.gov NASA Langley Ozone Sensor Set for Launch to Space Station SAGE III on ISS is a key part of NASA's mission to provide crucial, long-term measurements that will help humans understand and care for Earth's atmosphere. SAGE III launching to the International Space Station this month
The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) instrument will measure Earth's sunscreen, or ozone, along with other gases and tiny particles in the atmosphere called aerosols. SAGE
"07.02.2017 16:35:19" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Antarctica's Changing Larsen Ice Shelf : Image of the Day Antarctica's Changing Larsen Ice Shelf
In January 1841, James Clark Ross was leading an expedition to find the South Magnetic Pole when he encountered a nearly perpendicular cliff that extended as far as the eye could see. Though there were mountains
"06.02.2017 22:28:58" Timeline Photos A Cut in the Clouds
Like a ship carving its way through the sea, the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands parted the clouds. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image on
"06.02.2017 19:37:19" pace.oceansciences.org NASA PACE - Phytoplankton Exploration Want to learn more about phytoplankton? Check out NASA's PACE -- Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem mission -- Phytoplankton Exploration site.
"06.02.2017 19:05:14" We're live from the #Sea2Space Expedition on the Research Vessel Falkor. You can follow updates about our campaign and location here: http://schmidtocean.org/cruise/sea-space-particle-investigation
"06.02.2017 18:59:52" We're live from the #Sea2Space Expedition on the Research Vessel Falkor
"06.02.2017 17:05:01" Timeline Photos We will be LIVE from our #EarthExpedition studying phytoplankton at 2PM EST / 11AM PST / 7PM UTC. Fourteen researchers are deploying a range of instruments to track phytoplankton communities as the R/V Falkor traverses the northern Pacific Ocean as a
"06.02.2017 16:18:01" Timeline Photos Melbourne, Australia
Flying over southeastern Australia, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of the center of Melbourne. With a population of about 4.5 million people (as of 2015), greater Melbourne is the second-most
"06.02.2017 15:50:48" nasa.gov Taking Stock of Phytoplankton Populations in the Pacific Scientists are trying to measure how much CO2 phytoplankton take out of the atmosphere, and how changes in the ocean affect these tiny creatures. Our #EarthExpedition studies the colorful world of phytoplankton.
We will be hosting a Facebook Live today here on NASA Earth at 2PM EST / 11AM PST, so read up and be ready to learn!
Phytoplankton are the food source for the zooplankton that ultimately
"06.02.2017 01:00:01" Timeline Photos Talk about a #SuperBowl. This is Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona. Most terrestrial impact craters on Earth have been obliterated by weathering and geological processes. Meteor Crater is a spectacular example that remains very visible. It was created
"05.02.2017 23:00:00" Timeline Photos NASA uses the vantage point of space, air, land, and sea to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. Our intense focus on our home planet is critical to answering fundamental questions critical to human life
"05.02.2017 20:00:00" NASA's Eyes on Earth NASA satellites are monitoring Earth 24/7. Why? To safeguard our future. Not only can you check out our fleet and their data, you can ride along with Earth Science satellites via NASA's Eyes on Earth. http://eyes.nasa.gov/
"05.02.2017 18:45:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Clearer View of Silicon Valley : Image of the Day A Clearer View of Silicon Valley
By the middle of the 20th Century, Silicon Valley was already “on the map.” This part of California's Santa Clara Valley drew its nickname from the raw material being used in the region's growing semiconductor industry.
"05.02.2017 17:30:00" Timeline Photos Set a reminder to participate in our Facebook Live #EarthExpedition event from aboard the Research Vessel Falkor tomorrow with NASA Ocean. We will be taking questions about ocean color and health, why we study phytoplankton, and what it's like to do
"04.02.2017 21:03:59" Timeline Photos NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. Our work in Earth science with a fleet of satellites plus sensors on the International Space Station is making a difference in
"04.02.2017 19:00:00" Blowin' in the Wind Since 1978, NASA has been monitoring ocean winds via scatterometry, the data of which has improved weather and hurricane forecasts and helped us better understand global climate patterns. Knowing which way the wind is blowing over water is critical for
"04.02.2017 16:01:22" Timeline Photos Houston at Night
Houston, Texas, is about to become the center of the football universe.
Since September 2016, professional U.S. football teams have been vying to advance to the annual championship game. Two out of 32 teams remain, and on February 5,
"03.02.2017 15:52:07" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Satellites Capture Different Views of Devastating Fires in Chile : Image of the Day Satellites Capture Different Views of Devastating Fires in Chile
Wildfires continued to ravage Chile's countryside in early February 2017, weeks after they flared up in mid-January. The blazes have thwarted firefighters' efforts to control them, with new
"02.02.2017 22:59:06" Timeline Photos Yamzho Yumco (Sacred Swan) Lake in Tibet is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and is highly crenellated with many bays and inlets. This image, acquired March 6, 2014, covers an area of 31 by 37 miles, and was captured by the ASTER instrument on the
"02.02.2017 16:29:34" Timeline Photos Underwater Eruption Near Tongatapu
Murray Ford was scanning satellite imagery of a young island in Tonga called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai when he noticed something odd—a turquoise plume of water—in the corner of an image. The coastal geologist from the
"01.02.2017 16:57:36" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands : Image of the Day The Curious Incident of Snow in The Netherlands
It was as though a spotlight had illuminated them: a few dozen fields in Heensche Molen glowed white. Yet the snow that left a distinct patch on this hamlet in The Netherlands also left neighboring areas
"31.01.2017 22:41:39" From One Seasonal Extreme to Another
"31.01.2017 21:08:46" Timeline Photos Fires in the southeastern U.S. were big news a few months ago when flames ripped through Gatlinburg, Tennessee, as well as Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina. This image from Jan, 30, 2017, shows that many fires in the area have not abated.
The NPP -
"31.01.2017 16:25:50" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long : Image of the Day Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long
When the builders of Camp Century began storing waste in Greenland's ice sheet, they had every reason to rest easy. Snow and ice would continue to accumulate, sealing the Cold War military base in an icy
"31.01.2017 00:10:17" Why Ocean Particles? Why NASA?
"30.01.2017 19:00:01" Timeline Photos EO Kids: Urban Heat Islands
EO Kids brings engaging science stories from Earth Observatory to a younger audience.
This issue of EO Kids explores how NASA observes and measures urban heat islands from space.
What makes an urban heat island? Why is New
"30.01.2017 15:58:24" Timeline Photos Checkerboarding in Northern Idaho
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station observed this distinctive checkerboard pattern alongside the Priest River in northern Idaho. The photograph was taken just before sunset, so some mountainsides glow
"29.01.2017 20:00:01" How Satellite Data Changed Chimpanzee Conservation Efforts Approximately 345,000 or fewer chimpanzees remain in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a substantial decline from the more than 2 million that existed a hundred years ago. Humans' closest genetic cousins,
"29.01.2017 16:00:03" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Desert Express : Image of the Day The Desert Express
In New Mexico, railroad tracks and roadways tell a story of human travel through a remote area. People have been traversing the desert here for centuries.
“The Southwestern United States was built by tough, daring men who bound her
"28.01.2017 23:30:01" Timeline Photos Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale
In Africa's Danakil (or Afar) Depression three tectonic plates are tearing themselves apart in spectacular fashion. As the plates separate, several active volcanoes have emerged along the seams. One of the most active is
"28.01.2017 22:00:00" Timeline Photos Exploration of other planets informs our understanding of Earth. Now NASA scientists are testing a technique here on Earth to search for life on other planets.
Researchers at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are analyzing amino acids in the salt-rich
"28.01.2017 14:00:00" Greenland's Ice in 3D NASA's Operation IceBridge helped scientists produce the most detailed understanding ever of the history of the Greenland Ice Sheet.
This 3D view of how the ice sheet formed over tens of thousands of years, released in 2015, will also help scientists
"28.01.2017 00:31:55" nasa.gov Storms Filled 37 Percent of CA Snow-Water Deficit snow2017012717 Despite the winter storms, there is still a long way to go before California makes up its snow-water deficit completely.
Snow-water deficit is the deficit in water stored in snowpack compared with the annual average water stored in snowpack before the
"27.01.2017 23:35:11" Earth Expedition: DC-8 Behind the Scenes The second world-survey of the atmosphere has begun!
NASA's Atmospheric Tomography or ATom #EarthExpedition completed its first science flight to the equator and back on January 26. Tour the DC-8 flying laboratory loaded with air-sampling instruments and
"27.01.2017 22:12:59" Photos from NASA Earth's post Have Your Satellite Imagery and Eat It, Too!
Three thick layers of cake and frosting sat atop Jeff Schmaltz's kitchen counter. The programmer had completed a 3-D model of a GIBS tile pyramid; it was his entry into a collegial science bake-off at NASA's
"27.01.2017 19:00:00" Timeline Photos Thick Haze in Eastern China
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this natural-color image of eastern China on January 25, 2017. Milky, gray smog shrouds many of the valleys and lowlands. The brightest,
"27.01.2017 16:00:40" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa : Image of the Day The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa
Mariners have long considered the waters off Africa's southern tip to be treacherous. After decades of failed attempts to navigate around the continent, Portuguese explorers took to calling one of
"26.01.2017 20:36:57" Timeline Photos NASA scientists are chasing seasonal changes during a world-survey of the atmosphere. The Atmospheric Tomography mission, or ATom, flew through the Northern Hemisphere summer last July and August, and now scientists are headed into winter aboard NASA's
"26.01.2017 16:00:02" Timeline Photos Study: Major Middle East Dust Storm in 2015 Was Due to the Weather, Not Human Conflict
In August and September 2015, a massive dust storm swirled across the Middle East. At the time, there were no clear answers as to what kicked up such an unusually
"25.01.2017 22:48:36" nasa.gov Study Tracks 'Memory' of Soil Moisture The first year of data from NASA's SMAP mission provides surprising findings that will help in forecasting weather and monitoring crop growth. A team from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge used measurements from the NASA SMAP Mission to estimate soil moisture memory in the top 2 inches (5 cm) of Earth's topsoils.
The new estimates improve
"25.01.2017 16:01:35" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Morocco's High Atlas Mountains : Image of the Day Morocco's High Atlas Mountains
If you ever fly over the High Atlas Range in Morocco, look down. You will be treated to a visual spectacle that you will not soon forget. Massive layers of colorful rock crumpled up like pieces of paper. Sharp ridges
"24.01.2017 22:13:11" nasa.gov NASA's 'Dust on Snow' Data Aids Colo. River Basin Water Supply Mgt. By working together to use satellite data, NASA and the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center ensure that more than 33 million people have a more secure water supply and don't have to worry about consulting a forecast before turning on the faucet. NASA Measures 'Dust on Snow' to Help Manage Colorado River Basin Water Supplies
The snow-capped mountains of Colorado and Utah contain trillions of gallons of water stored in the form of snow. Meltwater from this snow will eventually flow into the
"24.01.2017 16:00:32" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Fires Blaze in Chile : Image of the Day Fires Blaze in Chile
Smoke from dozens of forest fires billowed over central Chile in January 2017. A heat wave, coupled with strong winds, spread the flames on January 20, prompting President Michelle Bachelet to declare a state of emergency in some
"23.01.2017 20:45:31" Carbon Dioxide in 3-D Satellite observations of carbon dioxide rendered in 3-D travel throughout the world from Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015.
Carbon dioxide plays a significant role in trapping heat in Earth's atmosphere. This 3-D, high-resolution visualization reveals in
"23.01.2017 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante
This panorama, photographed by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, shows nearly the full length of Lake Powell, the reservoir on the Colorado River in southern Utah and northern Arizona. At full
"23.01.2017 15:48:29" NOAA Satellite and Information Service NOAA's GOES-16 satellite has sent back its first, high-resolution images and they're spectacular!!!
This composite color full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere was captured at 1:07 pm EST on January 15, 2017 and created using several of the 16 The next generation of weather monitoring is here.
This morning, NOAA released the first full-disk image of the Western Hemisphere from the Advanced Baseline Imager on the GOES-16 satellite. The GOES (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite)
"22.01.2017 15:51:20" Timeline Photos The 'Place of Blue Smoke'
The Cherokee Indians, the original inhabitants of the area, called these dark, fog-streaked hills “Shaconage”—the “place of blue smoke.” Scientists say the Great Smoky Mountains owe that color to a natural process. Plants exhale
"21.01.2017 15:44:13" Timeline Photos Earth and Moon from Mars
A new composite image that shows Earth and the Moon in one frame is neither the first nor the clearest of its type. Still, this recent image from a powerful telescope orbiting Mars is a humbling reminder of how small and
"20.01.2017 22:00:00" Timeline Photos Milky blue swirls in the Bering Sea stem from Alaska's Bogoslof Island, which has been erupting since mid-December 2016. http://go.nasa.gov/2jh1bJX
"20.01.2017 19:22:15" Ready to Go to Sea? Heck, Yes!
"20.01.2017 16:15:26" Timeline Photos Ash Cloud Tells a Story of a Volcano Rising
About halfway down the Aleutian Island chain, tiny Bogoslof Island rises from the Bering Sea. Nobody lives there; the larger Unalaska and Umnak islands to the south have proven more favorable for human
"19.01.2017 22:00:00" Timeline Photos Colima's Plume Casts a Shadow
Colima Volcano in western Mexico displayed explosive activity throughout 2016; the sequence of lava-dome building and destruction earned the volcano second place in Wired magazine's volcanic events of the year. Now, in the
"19.01.2017 19:00:10" earthobservatory.nasa.gov An Astronaut and a Gentleman : Earth Matters : Blogs An Astronaut and a Gentleman
At the time of his death on December 23, 2016, Piers Sellers was the deputy director of the Sciences and Exploration Directorate and the acting director of the Earth science division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. But
"18.01.2017 19:49:31" NASA | Global Temperature Rise 2016 was the warmest year on record, continuing the decades-long trend made clear in this animation of annual temperatures from 1880 to present.
"18.01.2017 19:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Where Are Arctic Soils Defrosting? : Image of the Day Where Are Arctic Soils Defrosting?
Like a giant ice cream cake left outside on a hot summer day, the Arctic is melting. In the land of frozen Earth, new wetlands are appearing, as are lake-sized puddles and kilometers-long rivulets of melt water.
"18.01.2017 16:07:29" 2016 Was the Warmest Year on Record 2016 was the hottest year on record, continuing a decades-long warming trend. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (@NASAGISS) analyzed measurements from 6,300 locations and found that globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78
"18.01.2017 00:07:29" nasa.gov NASA, NOAA to Announce 2016 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the annually-scheduled release of data on global temperatures and discuss the most important climate trends of 2016 during a media teleconference at 11 Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide the annually-scheduled release of data on global temperatures and discuss the most important climate trends of 2016 during a media teleconference at 11
"17.01.2017 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Looking Down on Potomac Water Gap
On a fall day in 1783, Thomas Jefferson stood on a slab of shale on a bluff in the small town of Harpers Ferry and looked east. Below him, the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers converged and flowed through a gap in the sharp
"16.01.2017 16:16:21" Timeline Photos Lagoa Mirim
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of the north end of Lagoa Mirim, a 180-kilometer-long coastal lagoon straddling the border of Brazil and Uruguay.
Three rivers enter the lagoon (top), and
"15.01.2017 16:27:02" Timeline Photos Water, Water Everywhere
The palm tree-fringed beaches of the Maldives give the appearance of an island paradise. But behind the tiny island nation lies a more complicated story.
The archipelago numbers 1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls. Tourism
"14.01.2017 20:36:00" nasa.gov NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 – from a Hawaiian volcano to Colorado mountain tops and west Pacific islands – to investigate critical scientific questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it. NASA scientists will continue to crisscross the globe on Earth Expeditions in 2017. In addition to continuing field work began in 2016, we are heading to a Hawaiian volcano, studying mountain snow pack in Colorado and monitoring oceanic phytoplankton's
"14.01.2017 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Kashgar, China
Kashgar has a rich cultural history dating back thousands of years, having served as an important hub along the Silk Road. The rising of this remarkable landscape dates back even further.
A modern view of the remote oasis in China,
"14.01.2017 00:03:41" Series of Storms Battering California Tracked by NASA's AIRS I... Rolling on the (Atmospheric) River
A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rains, heavy snowfall and flooding to California this week is highlighted in a new movie created with satellite data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder
"13.01.2017 16:00:36" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Floods Swamp Southern Thailand : Image of the Day Floods Swamp Southern Thailand
Several days of heavy rainfall swamped much of southern Thailand in January 2017. While monsoon-related floods are common in the region, the wet season usually ends in November.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the
"12.01.2017 23:39:52" NASA to Explore Volcanoes, Coral Reefs and Snowpacks 2016 was a big year for NASA's field campaigns studying our changing planet, and 2017 will be just as exciting. New Earth science missions include HyspIRI, which will collect data on coral reef health and volcanic gas emissions; PACE, which will monitor
"12.01.2017 16:00:00" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Atmospheric River Soaks California
An atmospheric river has been flooding California and other parts of the western United States with rain and snow for nearly a week. Precipitation could be measured in feet rather than inches in some locations, and
"11.01.2017 23:26:51" Fire, Ice, and Safer Skies NASA Satellites Track Volcanic Clouds
Volcanic ash can damage aircraft and disrupt air traffic. Agencies around the world track volcanic clouds and issue alerts to the aviation community. Now data from NASA earth-observing satellites is improving the
"11.01.2017 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Punching Through
In January 2007, satellites captured an extraordinary example of hole-punch clouds visible over the southern United States. But occurrences of the cloud type, albeit usually less pronounced, show up every year over Earth's mid- and
"10.01.2017 23:05:39" Climate Bits New ClimateBits: Albedo video uses NASA Earth data to explain the concept that the brightness of the Earth system determines how much incoming solar radiation is reflected back to space. Albedo impacts Earth's energy balance and climate. "ClimateBits: Albedo" uses NASA Earth data to explain the concept that the brightness of the Earth system determines how much incoming solar radiation is reflected back to space. Albedo impacts Earth's energy balance and climate.
"10.01.2017 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Cambodia's Forests Are Disappearing
Cambodia has one of the fastest rates of forest loss in the world. In broad swaths of the country, densely forested landscapes—even those in protected areas—have been clear-cut over the past decade. Much of the forest
"09.01.2017 18:31:25" nasa.gov Study Finds a Connection Between Wildfires and Drought For centuries drought has come and gone across northern sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, water shortages have been most severe in the Sahel—a band of semi-arid land situated just south of the Sahara Desert. The Relationship Between Fire and Water in sub-Saharan Africa
A new study looks at the general impacts of burning on the whole spectrum of the water cycle and finds there is a tendency for the net influence of fire to suppress precipitation in northern
"09.01.2017 16:00:01" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Sunglint on Lake Titicaca : Image of the Day Sunglint on Lake Titicaca
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station used a long lens to capture the fleeting features of the Sun's reflection point around islands in Lake Titicaca. Located on the high plateau of the Andes Mountains, between
"08.01.2017 18:56:21" Timeline Photos A Copper Megamine in South America
Two huge open pits intersected by spirals of roads stand at the center of Cerro Verde, an expansive copper and molybdenum mine in the desert of southwestern Peru. As shown by this satellite image, there is more to the
"07.01.2017 16:46:41" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Lava Delta Collapses into Sea : Image of the Day Lava Delta Collapses into Sea
Around 2:45 p.m. local time on December 31, 2016, unstable volcanic terrain began to tumble into the sea at Kamokuna, an area where lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano pours into the sea. Fiery explosions, large waves, and a
"06.01.2017 16:39:31" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Muted La Niña Follows Potent El Niño : Image of the Day Muted La Niña Follows Potent El Niño
One year ago, the central and eastern parts of the tropical Pacific Ocean were pulsing with heat, a result of one of the most intense El Niño events on record. One year later, La Niña has been relatively quiet, and
"06.01.2017 00:32:23" www.nasa.gov CYGNSS Hurricane Mission Measures “First Light” Science Data NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) constellation of eight spacecraft made its “first light” measurements of the ocean surface on Jan. 4, 2017. The #CYGNSS #smallsats make "first light" measurements of the ocean surface after launch last month.
"05.01.2017 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Multiple Fires Blaze in Argentina : Image of the Day Multiple Fires Blaze in Argentina
Dense smoke rose above a rash of wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina in late December 2016 and early January 2017. Over the past month, roughly two dozen fires have spread across the rural landscape. The blazes
"04.01.2017 19:15:00" Timeline Photos January Puzzler
Where is this? What is this? And why are those lines so colorful? Every month, we offer our readers a puzzling satellite image. The image here is the January 2017 puzzler. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part
"04.01.2017 16:47:31" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Mapping a Tenacious Invader in Lake Thurmond : Image of the Day Mapping a Tenacious Invader in Lake Thurmond
Around Lake Thurmond, a large reservoir that straddles Georgia and South Carolina, something is not right with the birds. The lake is full of vegetation—particularly an invasive aquatic plant known as Hydrilla
"03.01.2017 23:30:00" Deadly Tornadoes & Flooding Hits the Southeast NASA's Precipitation Measurement Missions show the severe thunderstorms that spawned tornadoes and flooding over the Southeast on Monday evening. At least 12 tornadoes were reported with twisters spotted in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
"03.01.2017 16:21:03" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Risen by Fire, Felled by Ice : Image of the Day Raised by Fire, Felled by Ice
It may not be obvious to the naked eye, but events on Earth's surface—such as a burning fire or a floating iceberg—can affect the development and shape of clouds in the sky. The connection stems from how these events
"02.01.2017 16:00:30" Timeline Photos Al Jawf, Eastern Libya
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station used an 1150 mm lens to capture this photograph of a variety of agricultural patterns near an oasis in eastern Libya. This area is one of the most remote places in Africa, more than
"01.01.2017 16:00:00" Timeline Photos The Galapagos Archipelago
The Galapagos archipelago is located about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from continental Ecuador. It includes more than 125 islands, islets, and rocks populated by a diversity of wildlife. Charles Darwin's book, The Voyage of
"31.12.2016 19:00:00" NASA: 2015 Hottest Year on Record This visualization illustrating Earth's long-term warming trend, showing temperature changes from 1880 to 2015 as a rolling five-year average, was posted last January and was our most popular video of 2016. Not only was 2015 the warmest year -- but it
"31.12.2016 16:02:17" Timeline Photos Pretty as a Picture: The Delaware Water Gap
Long before satellites captured images of the Delaware Water Gap, artist George Inness captured the sense of the place in his 1861 oil painting by the same title. It would be one of many landscapes of the area
"30.12.2016 16:25:20" Timeline Photos Sun City, Arizona
When the real estate developer Del Webb conceived Sun City in the 1950s, the goal was something unheard of at that time: build a retirement community specifically for adults. It was fitting, then, that the layout of the community be
"30.12.2016 13:48:25" CIMSS 40 years of satellite data helps track glacial retreat. https://eos.org/project-updates/using-landsat-to-take-the-long-view-on-greenlands-glaciers
"29.12.2016 18:59:07" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration As 2016 comes to a close and prospects of the new year loom before us, we take a moment to look back at what we've accomplished and how it will set us ahead in the year to come. Check out our 2016 year in review: It's easy to focus on what was lost in 2016. Allow us a moment to look back on what NASA accomplished and how it will help us going forward.
"29.12.2016 17:02:52" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Snow-Capped Summits in Hawaii : Image of the Day Snow-Capped Summits in Hawaii
Snow may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Hawaiian Islands. But nearly every year, the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes are temporarily dusted with white. Satellites captured such
"28.12.2016 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Kerguelen Islands
The Kerguelen Islands are an overseas territory of France. But their far-off location in the southern Indian Ocean places these islands far closer to Antarctica than to mainland Europe. In fact, the islands are so remote and the
"27.12.2016 17:42:15" Timeline Photos Foggy Peruvian Valleys
The valleys along Peru's southern coast are among the deepest on Earth. They are also frequently filled with clouds. On July 26, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this natural-color image of the
"27.12.2016 02:00:43" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Earth, Planets, Technology & More! There's an app for that…Download the #NASA app here: http://go.nasa.gov/2iaoqIr
"26.12.2016 15:56:48" Timeline Photos Laguna del Negro Francisco
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station used a long lens to photograph an unusual lake in the high Andes Mountains of central Chile. Its two contrasting colors are separated by a narrow bank of sand. Dry desert
"25.12.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Lights in the Darkness
Just hours after the winter solstice, a mass of energetic particles from the Sun smashed into the magnetic field around Earth. The strong solar wind stream stirred up a display of northern lights over northern Canada.
"24.12.2016 20:19:16" NASA Earth "There was no artifice. He was exactly what he said he was. When you're in the public arena, that's so rare. Here is this incredibly accomplished NASA scientist. He never diverted into hyperbole, he never exaggerated for effect.
"He said what the
"24.12.2016 17:48:27" nasa.gov Piers Sellers: A Legacy of Science Piers Sellers, who passed away on Dec. 23 more than a year after learning he had pancreatic cancer, leaves behind a dynamic legacy at NASA. "There was no artifice. He was exactly what he said he was. When you're in the public arena, that's so rare. Here is this incredibly accomplished NASA scientist. He never diverted into hyperbole, he never exaggerated for effect.
"He said what the
"24.12.2016 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Smog Puts Dozens of Chinese Cities on Red Alert : Image of the Day Smog Puts Dozens of Chinese Cities on Red Alert
Officials issued pollution alerts for more than 40 cities in northern China in mid-December 2016. During its latest bout of intense smog—which led to red alerts in more than 20 cities—authorities shut down
"23.12.2016 23:20:45" nasa.gov NASA Administrator Remembers NASA Scientist, Astronaut Piers Sellers The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Piers Sellers, who passed away Friday in Houston of pancreatic cancer: "Piers devoted his life to saving the planet. As a climate scientist, his work in computer modeling of the climate system, satellite remote sensing studies and field work using aircraft, satellites and ground teams broke new ground in our understanding of
"23.12.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Glacier Change Threatens Andes Communities
In dry, high-altitude locales, glaciers often provide a reliable supply of water. Glacial lakes in the Andes Mountains, for instance, hold water even when the dry season shrinks rivers and lakes in the valleys.
"22.12.2016 19:00:02" Timeline Photos 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
"22.12.2016 17:01:00" Sizing Up Floods from Space Floods are the deadliest, most frequent, and most expensive natural disasters in the U.S. and in the world. Because floods are difficult to predict, often cover wide areas, and can last for days, emergency responders and disaster relief organizations need
"22.12.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Rare Snow in the African Desert
In 1984, the charitable supergroup Band Aid sang: “There won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time.” In fact, it does snow in Africa at high elevations. Kilimanjaro has long been crowned by a cap of snow and ice, though
"21.12.2016 23:30:00" nasa.gov Space Laser Reveals Boom-and-Bust Cycle of Polar Ocean Plants A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar food webs significantly influence the boom-and-bust, or peak and decline, cycles of phytoplankton. NASA's Cloud-Aerosol LIdar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP), an instrument aboard the CALIPSO satellite launched in 2006, uses a laser to take measurements. Scientists used the instrument to continuously monitor plankton in polar regions from 2006 to
"21.12.2016 21:45:30" Timeline Photos As glaciers break off, melt and retreat, they generally speed up. That makes them stretch out and causes their top surfaces to drop lower. By observing how Greenland glaciers' heights change, scientists will be able to infer how the volume of ice is
"21.12.2016 19:22:29" Timeline Photos A Shape-Shifting River in Bolivia
At first glance, a river's course may seem fixed and unchanging. In truth, the path is a perpetual work-in-progress that, in some cases, can shift dramatically in a short span of time.
This is especially true in the
"21.12.2016 16:00:39" Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices from Space
One of the most frequently misunderstood concepts in science is the reason for Earth's seasons. As we experience the December solstice today we thought we'd offer a space-based view of what's going on.
"20.12.2016 17:01:00" Why Does NASA Study Earth? Earth is a complex, dynamic system. To learn more about it, NASA, as the space agency, was tasked with launching the first weather satellite back in 1960. Today, NASA uses satellites, aircraft and even an occasional boat to study our planet's air, land
"20.12.2016 15:46:17" Timeline Photos Phytoplankton Enlivens Swaths of Barren Ocean
In the middle of most ocean basins, far from nutrient-laden coastal upwelling and river outflows, life is sparse. Few fish reside here, and even the smaller lifeforms like phytoplankton are few and far
"19.12.2016 23:55:18" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Coral reef ecosystems play a vital role in maintaining Earth's biodiversity. But reefs are in trouble. Our three-year field expedition now underway will give scientists the opportunity to study reef ecology and condition. Video: Amazing video. Our CORAL #EarthExpedition is studying some of the world's most vital and threatened ecosystems.
"19.12.2016 15:53:35" Timeline Photos Uluru
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) photographed this iconic landscape while orbiting over Australia's aptly-named “red center.” Seen from ground level, this majestic sandstone rock formation stands 348 meters (1,120 feet)
"18.12.2016 16:14:10" Timeline Photos Dust Over the Arabian Sea
On December 12, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of dust over the Arabian Sea. The vortex of clouds and dust is rotating in a direction
"17.12.2016 16:27:13" Timeline Photos The River that Trapped Itself
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park owes its name to its deep, dark crevices. The Gunnison River sculpted these walls, cutting thousands of feet into the bedrock. Much of the time, the winding waters at the bottom of
"16.12.2016 19:00:01" Timeline Photos It takes a big team to conceive, engineer, test, and launch a satellite, or series of satellites. So when a launch and deployment goes according to plan, there are a lot of smiles. #CYGNSS
"16.12.2016 18:11:59" nasa.gov New NASA Hurricane Tracking Mission on Track NASA confirmed Friday morning that all eight spacecraft of its latest Earth science mission are in good shape. The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) will provide scientists with advanced technology to see inside tropical storms and Up and away!
The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) constellation will use GPS signals to see inside tropical storms and hurricanes like never before.
All eight microsatellites are in orbit and healthy, following Thursday's launch, NASA
"16.12.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Melting Woes: Antarctic Sea Ice at Record Lows
As previously reported, Arctic sea ice cover was lower in November 2016 than any other November in the satellite record. It turns out that the Arctic was not alone. Sea ice at the other pole, around
"15.12.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos Snow Blankets Great Lakes Region
An Arctic air mass brought more snow to communities around the Great Lakes on December 14, 2016. The lake-effect snow comes on the heels of an earlier accumulation that piled up to several feet of snow in some areas last
"15.12.2016 17:51:15" Timeline Photos Contact! After a successful launch this morning, the first #CYGNSS small satellite was contacted at 11:42AM EST, through a Hawaii ground station. The satellite is healthy! [UPDATE No. 2: The second, third, fourth and fifth satellites have also made
"15.12.2016 16:58:34" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Eyes in the sky spot flames on the ground…we've teamed up with Conservation International to help fight forest fires in the Amazon and beyond. Our funding, supercomputers and satellites have created an improved fire-detection , monitoring and risk
"15.12.2016 13:40:05" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Aaand LAUNCH of the #Pegasus rocket carrying the #CYGNSS spacecraft! Soaring into space to unlock the secrets of extreme tropical weather! GO #CYGNSS! Hurricanes, here comes NASA's new microsatellite fleet.
"15.12.2016 13:34:07" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Launch Director has conducted his poll -we are GO for #CYGNSS launch at 8:35am EST!
"15.12.2016 13:23:38" NASA's Kennedy Space Center The official Kennedy Space Center website is: www.nasa.gov/kennedy When commenting, please stay on topic, no profanity or discriminatory remarks, and no personal attacks. Public comments on NASA programs are permitted.
"15.12.2016 13:04:52" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Live views of the L-1011 aircraft carrying the #Pegasus rocket and #CYGNSS spacecraft, courtesy of the F-18 chase plane! Watch at www.nasa.gov/ntv! Go #CYGNSS! Launch in half an hour.
"14.12.2016 21:43:25" NASA's Kennedy Space Center The #CYGNSS mission has been rescheduled for launch Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8:26 a.m. EST.
Mission personnel uploaded new flight parameter data to the CYGNSS spacecraft this morning, correcting an issue discovered during routine testing on Tuesday.
The Tune in Thursday morning on NASA TV!
"14.12.2016 06:13:02" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration The launch of our CYGNSS hurricane mission planned for Wednesday, Dec. 14, is being delayed due to an issue with flight parameter data used by spacecraft software. The issue was discovered during routine testing. The next launch attempt will be determined
"14.12.2016 04:35:31" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration The launch of our CYGNSS hurricane mission planned for Wednesday, Dec. 14, is being delayed due to an issue with flight parameter data used by spacecraft software. The issue was discovered during routine testing. The next launch attempt will be determined NASA's #CYGNSS launch has been postponed.
"13.12.2016 18:53:40" VolumetricCO2_youtube_hq.mov Eye-Popping View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science
A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most
"13.12.2016 16:46:25" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Close Look at a Crack on Larsen C : Image of the Day Close Look at a Crack on Larsen C
In late August 2016, sunlight returned to the Antarctic Peninsula and unveiled a rift across the Larsen C Ice Shelf that had grown longer and deeper over the austral winter. Satellites spotted it in natural-color
"13.12.2016 15:54:58" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Join our science chief Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen and the team at AGU 2016, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. We're there with our colleagues on the cutting edge of science. Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/2hqZDMJ
"12.12.2016 19:48:58" NASA Goddard Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique and sometimes surprising patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellite images to map the speed of flowing ice in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges around the world.
"12.12.2016 16:05:14" Timeline Photos Vardah Takes Aim at India
One week after dropping flooding rains and killing 14 people in southern Thailand, Tropical Cyclone Vardah was poised for landfall along the east coast of India.
On December 11, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging
"12.12.2016 14:05:17" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Launch of #CYGNSS aborted for this morning due to an anomaly with the hydraulic pump associated with the release mechanism.
"12.12.2016 13:37:59" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration LIVE NOW: Watch the launch of our Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft, which will measure ocean surface winds throughout the life of tropical storms and hurricanes. The rocket is scheduled to deploy over the Atlantic Ocean from
"11.12.2016 22:00:00" Timeline Photos Before the #CYGNSS #smallsats were loaded on a Pegasus XL rocket, they had to be configured. Here's what that looked like. The eight small satellites will fly in formation to study hurricane formation in the Tropics.
Launch is planned for tomorrow at
"11.12.2016 19:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Shallow Aquifers of Erg Chebbi : Image of the Day The Shallow Aquifers of Erg Chebbi
About a dozen large star- or pyramid-shaped dunes lie within Erg Chebbi, a dune field in southeastern Morocco. Many of these bright orange dunes soar higher than150 meters (490 feet)—making them some of the tallest
"11.12.2016 15:56:02" Timeline Photos Bear Lake
This bright blue lake, with its tight swirl of a light-toned sediment, caught the eye of an astronaut on the International Space Station. Situated on the Idaho-Utah border, Bear Lake is one of the bigger lakes in the Rocky Mountains.
"10.12.2016 18:57:13" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Stay tuned to www.nasa.gov/ntv -the science portion of our #CYGNSS mission briefing is about to begin! We'll be answering your questions live! Respond to this status or #askNASA! Stay tuned!
"10.12.2016 18:44:40" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Our CYGNSS mission launches Monday and will improve hurricane forecasting. Tune in at 1 p.m. EST to hear from mission experts about the launch: http://go.nasa.gov/2gwCjij Have a question? Use #askNASA Learn more about #CYGNSS!
"10.12.2016 16:10:17" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Today, we're taking you inside the aircraft that will launch our CYGNSS hurricane forecasting mission to space on Monday. Join us at noon EST on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/NASAKennedy/ Tune in to this Facebook Live at noon ET!
"09.12.2016 19:56:33" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Reader Question: Does CO2 Disperse Evenly Around the Earth? : Earth Matters : Blogs Does Carbon Dioxide Disperse Evenly Around the Earth?
A reader recently wrote asking whether carbon dioxide concentrations are higher in some areas and lower in others. This Earth Matters blog post
"09.12.2016 17:30:01" Spacecraft 3D Pegasus XL Our #CYGNSS #smallsat mission is scheduled to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 12. The eight small satellites will be launched by a Pegasus XL rocket via a "Stargrazer" plane. Check out the rocket system with our Spacecraft 3D app, free for
"09.12.2016 15:59:05" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Fleeting Fog in India : Image of the Day Fleeting Fog in India
It's not unusual for low clouds and haze to blanket northern India, just south of the Himalayas. You can see evidence of this in a gallery of satellite images we have accumulated over the years. But on December 7, 2016, the Moderate
"08.12.2016 21:00:00" blogs.nasa.gov Forecast 70 Percent 'Go' For CYGNSS Launch on Monday | CYGNSS Hurricane Mission Our CYGNSS mission, which will study hurricanes to learn about their formation, is 70% “Go” for launch! The smallsat squadron is scheduled to launch Dec. 12 at 8:24 a.m. ET on an Orbital Sciences ATK air-launched Pegasus XL launch vehicle. More:
"08.12.2016 17:14:00" NASA's Kennedy Space Center Come out to see #CYGNSS with us live Facebook! NASA will be hosting a Facebook Live event taking you out to the tarmac and inside the airplane carrying CYGNSS spacecraft on Saturday Dec. 10th at 12:00pm EST!
We'll be talking to some of the scientists Tune in Saturday for a Facebook Live from the plane carrying our #CYGNSS smallsat squadron into orbit on Dec. 12!
"08.12.2016 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Zigzagging Smoke Plume Over Western Australia : Image of the Day A Zigzagging Smoke Plume Over Western Australia
In December 2016, shifting winds pushed smoke from a bushfire on the south coast of Western Australia into the shape of the letter Z. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua
"07.12.2016 16:42:08" Timeline Photos Smog and Haze in Northern China
Many parts of eastern China were put on orange alert on December 4, 2016, when heavy smog veiled large swaths of the country. The haze stranded passengers at airports in northern China and slowed down city life in Beijing,
"06.12.2016 16:00:00" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Growing Pains: Arctic Sea Ice at Record Lows
Every northern fall and winter, cooling ocean and air temperatures cause the floating cap of Arctic sea ice to grow from its annual minimum extent toward a maximum between February and April. So far in 2016,
"05.12.2016 23:30:00" Timeline Photos There's more space in your life than you think. NASA technologies are benefiting life on Earth in the form of commercial products.
NASA research and development has tangible benefits that go beyond supporting mission needs. Spinoffs create jobs,
"05.12.2016 17:22:50" usaid.gov USAID Climate Action Review: 2010–2016 This report looks back at what USAID and our partners have accomplished over six years. It describes how our climate work has evolved, it summarizes our major achievements, it distills lessons learned and shares examples from a portfolio of activities USAID - US Agency for International Development supports clean energy, sustainable development and landscapes, and climate adaptation. From Nepal to Jamaica, USAID has helped 5.3 million people use climate data from partners such as NASA to reduce their
"05.12.2016 16:39:08" Timeline Photos Iberá Wetlands in Sunglint
An astronaut flying over central South America was following the Sun's reflection point (also known as sunglint) as it flashed across the water surfaces of the Iberá Wetlands. Sunglint makes for startling images that appear
"04.12.2016 20:00:00" Mission to Earth Since 1959, with the launch of the first weather satellite, NASA has been studying our home planet on a global scale. NASA monitors Earth's vital signs via satellites and airplanes, field work and computer models, all to understand Earth's climate
"04.12.2016 16:30:25" Timeline Photos Where the Organ Pipes Grow
Organ pipes dot the desert floor in southern Arizona. These tall, branch-like formations of cacti lend unusual beauty to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, while also sheltering its inhabitants. This federal monument is the
"03.12.2016 23:00:00" Smallsats Are the Next Big Thing The Earth Venture #CYGNSS mission is set to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Dec. 12. It's one of six upcoming smallsat missions that will study Earth. Why is NASA using these micro satellites? Because they can do big science. Read more about
"03.12.2016 20:00:02" Timeline Photos From Monterey Bay to outer space?
A team of researchers from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other institutions recently visited choppy waters in Monterey Bay, California, while developing artificial intelligence for
"03.12.2016 16:00:00" Powerful Earthquake Exposes New Land Near Kaikoura Powerful Earthquake Exposes New Land Near Kaikoura
On November 13, 2016, a powerful earthquake jolted the northeastern coast of New Zealand's South Island. The 7.8 magnitude quake lifted the seabed by 0.5 to 2 meters (2 to 7 feet) along a 20-kilometer
"02.12.2016 19:00:01" Timeline Photos Glow-in-the-Dark Clouds
Strictly speaking, noctilucent or “night shining” clouds don't glow in the dark the way the bioluminescent algae or fireflies do. Also called polar mesospheric clouds, they float high enough in the atmosphere to capture a little
"02.12.2016 16:00:02" The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Still Cloudy, With a Chance of C... The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Still Cloudy, With a Chance of Clearing
It is the largest estuary in the United States and third largest in the world. Once sculpted and changed by ice, water, and powerful geologic forces over tens of millions of years,
"01.12.2016 23:00:00" Timeline Photos The Pegasus rocket carrying the #CYGNSS spacecraft has been moved to the runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where it will be mated to Orbital ATK's L-1011 aircraft, nicknamed “Stargazer,” for the ferry flight to NASA's Kennedy Space
"01.12.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos A Dry Start to South America's Wet Season
Even before the 2016 dry season started in South America, a marked deficit in rainfall was apparent across much of the continent. Parts of the Amazon, for example, were already far drier than in 2005 and 2010,
"30.11.2016 16:48:21" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Fires Continue to Rage in the Southeast
The Great Smoky Mountains are named for the blue haze that often hangs over the mountains due to volatile chemicals released by pine forests. But in November 2016, the Smokies lived up to their name for a very
"29.11.2016 19:30:00" Timeline Photos NASA's International Space Station Rapid Scatterometer (ISS-RapidScat) Earth science instrument ended operations after a successful two-year mission.
ISS-RapidScat used the unique vantage point of the space station to provide near-real-time monitoring
"29.11.2016 17:21:14" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Rare November Snow in Tokyo : Image of the Day Rare November Snow in Tokyo
On November 24, 2016, Tokyo received its first November snowfall in more than half a century. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.
"28.11.2016 16:40:33" Timeline Photos Fiery South Atlantic Sunset
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station photographed a sunset that looks like a vast sheet of flame. With Earth's surface already in darkness, the setting sun, the cloud masses, and the sideways viewing angle make
"28.11.2016 01:05:13" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Look Again: It's Not Snow : Image of the Day Look Again: It's Not Snow
The white hills sprawling in every direction look like mounds built by snow plows, or massive hills of sugar. In fact, they're the world's largest gypsum dune field: the White Sands National Monument, located in southern New
"27.11.2016 22:00:59" Earth Expeditions: CORAL Probes the Great Barrier ... The three-year CORAL mission will survey a portion of the world's coral reefs to assess the condition of these threatened ecosystems via airborne instruments and in-water field work.
"26.11.2016 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Eruption at Sabancaya
Peru's Sabancaya volcano has been restless for the past few years. Recently, the occasional puffs of ash and volcanic gases have become more frequent and intense. Since November 6, 2016, the 5967-meter (19,577-foot) mountain has
"23.11.2016 16:14:46" Timeline Photos Algae Bloom or Swirling Sediment?
On November 16, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of milky colored waters in Australia's Spencer Gulf. At first glance, the
"22.11.2016 20:03:38" Photos from NASA Earth's post What on Earth is an Anaglyph?
An anaglyph is the name given to the stereoscopic 3-D effect that results by encoding each eye's image using filters of different colors.
At the most basic level, anaglyphs work by superimposing images taken from two
"22.11.2016 19:15:59" Timeline Photos Have you heard about a "hiatus" in global warming? The latest research into the temporary slowdown in the global average surface temperature warming trend (seen between 1998 and 2013) attributes the phenomenon to Earth's ocean absorbing the planet's extra
"22.11.2016 16:14:25" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Atlanta Harnesses Green Space to Fight Wastewater : Image of the Day Atlanta Harnesses Green Space to Fight Wastewater
It's no secret that Atlanta's green space has long been turning gray. Parking lots and houses have sprung up in recent decades, with pavement replacing forested areas. In a city with already expensive
"21.11.2016 19:31:18" nasa.gov Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill Dramatic shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/USGS maps of Louisiana wetlands where the coastline was heavily coated with oil during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA / U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where the coastline was most heavily coated with oil during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"21.11.2016 16:00:00" Timeline Photos Linear Dunes, Namib Sand Sea
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used a long lens to document what crews have termed one of the most spectacular features of the planet: the dunes of the Namib Sand Sea.
Looking inland (from an ISS
"20.11.2016 18:00:00" Timeline Photos Are you ready for a challenge? Become a geographical detective and solve the latest mystery quiz from NASA's MISR (Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer) instrument onboard the Terra satellite. Check it out here:
"20.11.2016 16:04:43" Timeline Photos Kilauea's Lava Pours Into the Pacific
The Pu'u 'Ō'ō eruption of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the Hawaiian island chain, has been going on almost continuously for more than three decades. The location and intensity of lava flows have varied over
"20.11.2016 00:30:09" NOAA Satellite and Information Service GO GOES-R GO!!
We have liftoff of GOES-R, NOAA's revolutionary next-generation geostationary weather satellite! The satellite is now on its way to orbit. Follow along on Twitter by following @NOAASatellites and checking in at
"19.11.2016 21:19:45" United Launch Alliance Taking a tour of Space Launch Complex-41 on Nov. 19 as the United Launch Alliance #AtlasV prepares to launch the #GOESR mission for NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Next-gen U.S. weather satellite on the launch pad and ready to #GOESR! Launch today at 5:45pm ET. Watch live: nasa.gov/nasatv
"19.11.2016 18:00:00" Meet GOES-R National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s GOES-R satellite is set to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center today at 5:42 p.m. ET, but what will it do once it's in orbit?
GOES-R will be the first satellite in a series of next-generation
"19.11.2016 16:00:01" Timeline Photos Ancient Waterways in Morocco
In Landsat images of the Tafilalt oasis of southeastern Morocco, dozens of thin lines run across the desert from the Anti-Atlas mountains toward the town of El Jorf. These are qanats (khettaras in Moroccan)—ancient
"18.11.2016 21:42:15" NOAA Satellite and Information Service Are you ready for tomorrow's launch? I know we are!! #Countdowntolaunch #GOESR
With the launch of #GOESR, set for tomorrow at 5:42pm EST, NOAA is poised to once again significantly improve weather forecasting and severe weather prediction.
"18.11.2016 20:25:42" NASA Goddard Flying low over the Earth's southernmost continent, Operation IceBridge is wrapping up its eighth consecutive field season of mapping the ice sheet and glaciers of Antarctica, as well as the surrounding sea ice. With more than 300 hours logged in the air NASA explores the most remote regions of the universe -- and the most remote regions of our home planet. NASA's Operation IceBridge is wrapping up a six-week campaign of research flights over Antarctica's changing ice sheet.
"18.11.2016 19:30:01" nasa.tumblr.com Why Do We Study Ice? Discover why we study ice and how this research benefits Earth. We fly our DC-8 aircraft very low over Antarctica as part of Operation IceBridge – a mission that's conducting the largest-ever airborne... Why does NASA study ice? Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Operation IceBridge's recent Antarctica campaign.
"18.11.2016 16:31:19" Timeline Photos Deadly Smog Shrouds Tehran
Heavy smog in Tehran broke records this week, reportedly causing hundreds of deaths, and prompting school closings in the region.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured a
"18.11.2016 11:13:07" media.giphy.com giphy.com Join NASA scientists and Deputy Administrator Dava Newman LIVE in less than one hour -- 7 am EST, 12 pm UTC -- to hear about this year's Operation IceBridge campaign to study Antarctica's massive ice sheet.
"17.11.2016 23:39:06" NOAA Satellite and Information Service GOES-R is NOAA's most advanced geostationary weather satellite to-date. But how different can it really be?
Imagine going from a black and white TV to high definition overnight. GOES-R is faster and clearer than current GOES satellites, providing Giving a 'boost' to our friends at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this weekend with the launch of #GOESR from Florida.
"17.11.2016 23:37:01" NOAA Satellite and Information Service The NOAA Satellite & Information Service (referred to as NESDIS) is a line office under the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
"17.11.2016 21:51:44" Timeline Photos Join NASA scientists and Deputy Administrator Dava Newman LIVE from Punta Arenas, Chile, at 7 am EST (12 pm UTC) tomorrow, November 18, before they take off for a research flight over Antarctica as part of Operation IceBridge.
IceBridge has flown
"17.11.2016 19:08:54" Timeline Photos The #GOESR weather satellite launches to space this Saturday. Hear from mission experts live now, beginning at 2 pm EST: http://go.nasa.gov/2g29nNI
Have a question you want answered during the briefing? Use #askGOES
"17.11.2016 16:00:01" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Satellite Detects Human Contribution to Atmospheric CO2 : Image of the Day Satellite Detects Human Contribution to Atmospheric CO2
Launched in July 2014, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) was designed to give scientists comprehensive, global measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Now a team of scientists
"16.11.2016 18:54:34" Warm Winter Cyclone Damaged Arctic Sea Ice Pack Projections of Arctic sea ice show that ice thickness will continue to decline over the next decades, making the sea ice cover even more vulnerable to winter storms.
A large cyclone that crossed the Arctic in December 2015 brought so much heat and
"16.11.2016 16:26:29" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Drought Continues to Grip Southern California : Image of the Day Drought Continues to Grip Southern California
While late summer and autumn rains offered some relief to Northern California, drought continues to torment the southern part of the state. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show exceptional drought in
"16.11.2016 15:01:02" Today on #FacebookLive we're looking at how NASA is working with cities like Rio de Janeiro and New York City to better understand and prepare their towns in a changing climate.
NASA's fleet of satellites is able to look at Earth's vital signs - even
"15.11.2016 23:03:14" Timeline Photos Our November 2016 puzzler is out. Quick...where is this? And what is causing all the patterns you see in this image? What else do you find notable about it? As usual, your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are
"15.11.2016 22:58:19" globalcarbonproject.org Carbon Budget State of the carbon cycle: An annual update of the global carbon budget. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased by a record amount in 2015, according to a new Global Carbon Project report. At this rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the report states, there will likely be enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
"15.11.2016 21:23:01" Timeline Photos Join us live tomorrow! New York City and Rio de Janeiro are working now to plan for the impacts of a changing climate, and they have turned to NASA for help. Post your questions for NASA scientists during a Facebook Live event at 10 am EST (3 pm UTC)
"15.11.2016 20:42:13" Our ocean absorbs 93% of the heat from global warming, as shown in this short demo by NASA climate scientist Ian Fenty. On Snapchat HQ? Follow NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration to see more.
"15.11.2016 16:29:19" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Sap-sucking Bugs Threaten Hemlock Forests : Image of the Day Sap-sucking Bugs Threaten Hemlock Forests
Sap-sucking insects called hemlock woolly adelgids are draining the life from a common evergreen tree in the eastern United States. Since arriving from Japan in the 1950s, the tiny bugs have spread from Georgia
"14.11.2016 23:17:33" Timeline Photos Construction is now complete on the first of the two satellites for NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission, planned for launch in the December 2017/January 2018 timeframe.
GRACE-FO is a successor to NASA's GRACE
"14.11.2016 15:57:04" Timeline Photos Cloudscape Over the Philippine Sea
Flying over the Philippine Sea, an astronaut looked toward the horizon from the International Space Station and shot this photograph of three-dimensional clouds, the thin blue envelope of the atmosphere, and the
"13.11.2016 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee : Image of the Day Way Down Yonder on the Chattahoochee
From its origin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chattahoochee River traces Georgia's western edge all the way to Florida. At more than 430 miles (nearly 700 kilometers) long, the river flows through 13 dams and three
"12.11.2016 16:55:48" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Everglades National Park : Image of the Day Everglades National Park
Florida's Everglades National Park is not your ordinary protected area. Its unique ecosystem is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. But the region has
"11.11.2016 16:41:29" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Drought and Fire in the Southeast : Image of the Day Drought and Fire in the Southeast
Wildfires in the southeastern United States are usually small and do not produce much smoke compared to the big blazes in the western United States, Canada, or Russia. But a cluster of fires in Georgia, North Carolina,
"10.11.2016 23:00:00" RAVAN Tech Could Help Solve Earth Science Mystery RAVAN A new, low-cost NASA ESTO CubeSat mission will demonstrate new technologies to measure the imbalance in the Earth's radiation budget more precisely, giving scientists valuable information to study our climate.
"10.11.2016 20:04:21" Photos from NASA Earth's post Ground to Space: A Glittering Path of San Francisco Sunglint
If you have ever stood on a beach before sunset and gawked at a gleaming line of light extending toward the horizon, you have seen a glitter path.
What causes this spectacular optical
"10.11.2016 18:02:08" NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration The #CYGNSS #Smallsats launching in December will gather never-before-seen details on tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Tune in at 1 p.m. EST to learn more about this mission: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv Have a question? Use #askNASA! TUNE IN NOW! nasa.gov/nasatv
"10.11.2016 16:14:44" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Getting to Know Getz : Image of the Day Getting to Know Getz
As scientists and crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge mission prepared for a research flight on November 5, 2016, the weather in Punta Arenas, Chile, was cold, wet, and windy. But when they reached their survey site in West
"10.11.2016 16:10:05" Smallsats Are the Next Big Thing NASA will be talking about the #CYGNSS smallsat constellation mission today in a briefing at 1pmET/10amPT. You can tune in at nasa.gov/nasatv and leave questions in the comments blow.
CYGNSS is one of six upcoming NASA smallsat missions that will study
"09.11.2016 22:05:54" i.imgur.com i.imgur.com Tomorrow, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration will hold a briefing on the upcoming CYGNSS mission. The eight #smallsats will form a constellation to study hurricanes. Have questions? Leave them in the comments and then tune into
"09.11.2016 18:49:46" Timeline Photos Holuhraun Lava Could Still Be Toasty Underneath
More than a year after the latest eruption at Iceland's Holuhraun lava field, the newly-formed lava may still be toasty underneath. Although the basaltic rock formed a hard crust, according to
"08.11.2016 18:58:52" Timeline Photos This planet we share (and study) is a beautiful place.
This image shows a view of the International Space Station from the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Need another dose of calm? Go here: http://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2513/need-a-dose-of-calm/
"08.11.2016 16:00:00" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Offshore Wind Farms Make Wakes : Image of the Day Offshore Wind Farms Make Wakes
For at least the past decade, satellites have spotted white dots cropping up in the North Sea. If viewed from Earth's surface, you would see that these dots are actually wind turbines—huge arrays of towers rising from the
"07.11.2016 22:52:54" Timeline Photos NASA is about to launch six new next-generation Earth-observing small satellites — some as small as a loaf of bread. These tiny spacecraft are helping to foster creative and cost-effective approaches to studying our planet. More here:
"07.11.2016 19:15:00" Smallsats Are the Next Big Thing NASA uses small satellites as a cost-effective way to test technology and study Earth with new methods. Today at 2:30pmET/11:30amPT, we'll be holding a briefing to talk about six upcoming Earth missions. You can listen along at nasa.gov/live.
"07.11.2016 16:52:29" Timeline Photos Little Bahama Bank
The Bahama Islands are one of the most recognizable places on Earth for astronauts and one of their favorite areas to photograph. The eyes are naturally drawn to the large areas of shallow seas, known as banks, that appear in light
"07.11.2016 16:12:03" nasa.gov NASA Live NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind. Today, leaders from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and project managers from various #SmallSat missions will be holding a media briefing on six upcoming projects to study Earth. Listen live at 2:30 pm ET/11:30am PT at nasa.gov/live.
"06.11.2016 16:34:26" Timeline Photos Cloud Wakes on the Lee Side of St. Helena Island
Mountain peaks slice through the clouds above St. Helena Island, creating Von Karman vortices. Such spiral cloud formations occur commonly in nature, according to Andrew Ackerman, a researcher at NASA's
"05.11.2016 21:53:26" JPL Turns 80 Did you know NASA's first satellite was launched by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory? The lab celebrated its 80th anniversary this week. #JPL80
Read the full story: http://go.nasa.gov/2eUP7fS
"04.11.2016 12:58:34" nasa.gov NASA to Hold Media Call on New Small Satellite Missions to Study Earth NASA will host a teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, Nov. 7, to preview several Earth science missions using small satellites heading into space, starting this year, to help us better understand our home planet. Listen live Monday at 2:30 pm ET: An inside look at the new world of Small Sats for Earth observations!
"03.11.2016 19:48:09" news.nationalgeographic.com Climate Change Captured in Stunning Antarctic Ice Photos NASA's IceBridge missions provide visual evidence of melting ice. National Geographic writes about seeing Antarctica's melting ice during flights with NASA's Operation IceBridge. "Climate change can be hard to visualize, because it tends to happen at a relatively creeping pace, not in one dramatic surge, as Hollywood
"03.11.2016 15:04:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Salt Lake Water Woes : Image of the Day Salt Lake Water Woes
The Great Salt Lake is drying up and shrinking. Both nature and man have a hand in the change.
The Great Salt Lake is largest water body in the United States after the Great Lakes. It is a terminal basin, which means the water that
"02.11.2016 14:56:04" Studying Chesapeake Bay from Above
"01.11.2016 22:00:42" nasa.gov New, Space-Based View of Human-Made Carbon Dioxide Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations, using data from NASA's OCO-2. Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. The maps, based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite and generated with
"01.11.2016 20:46:20" Timeline Photos Cyclonic Storm in the Mediterranean
The shape of this storm resembles something you would more often see spinning over the Pacific or Atlantic oceans. This one, however, developed over the Mediterranean Sea.
At 10:30 a.m. Central European Time (09:30
"01.11.2016 15:13:58" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Iron in the Wind
There is more than one way for iron to get into the central Gulf of Alaska, but none rival the visual spectacle of wind-blown plumes of dust from from Alaska's Copper River Valley.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer
"31.10.2016 22:04:02" NASA Operation IceBridge Artist Zaria Forman is flying with NASA's Operation IceBridge this week, taking pictures of the stunning ice formations of Antarctica that she will use as the basis for her large-scale works of art that seek to document climate change.
"31.10.2016 21:16:20" Timeline Photos On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NPP - Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite captured this nighttime view of southern Asia during the Hindu festival of #Diwali. The image is based on data
"31.10.2016 15:20:03" Timeline Photos Sediment Patterns, Western Australia
Once clouds have cleared away, the effects of major storms often can be viewed from space for days and weeks. That is what happened when an astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of
"29.10.2016 15:00:01" Timeline Photos October Puzzler: Kiruna Iron Mine
Kiruna, the largest underground iron ore mine in the world, has been in operation since 1900. But recent years have brought change for the residents of the nearby town. In coming decade, the 23,000 people and their homes
"28.10.2016 15:22:45" Timeline Photos Mosaic of the Arctic
On September 28, 2016, science officials from around the world met in Washington, D.C., for the first White House Arctic Science Ministerial. The purpose was to “expand joint collaborations focused on Arctic science, research,
"27.10.2016 19:54:15" Timeline Photos Dust Over the Arabian Sea
October is a month of transition for weather patterns over the Arabian Sea. In the summer, winds blow from the sea toward land. In the winter, the winds reverse and blow over the Arabian Sea from the northeast. During October,
"27.10.2016 17:47:48" Timeline Photos Scientists and negotiators are taking on a new problem: the climate warming effects of chemicals that were supposed to be better for the ozone layer. NASA scientist Paul Newman attended the Montreal Protocol's international meeting this October in Kigali,
"26.10.2016 21:13:08" Ozone Hole Maximum 2016 Every year in September or October, the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica reaches a maximum size before it starts to recover again. This year, the hole was slightly smaller-than-average, at 8.9 million square miles. Atmospheric scientists from NASA
"26.10.2016 15:16:14" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Sulfur Dioxide Spreads Over Iraq : Image of the Day Sulfur Dioxide Spreads Over Iraq
In June 2003, atmospheric scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, used satellites to track how much sulfur dioxide streamed into the atmosphere from a fire at a
"25.10.2016 17:30:00" Timeline Photos Two new studies by researchers at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the University of California, Irvine, detect the fastest ongoing rates of glacier retreat ever observed in West Antarctica and offer an unprecedented direct view of
"25.10.2016 15:30:40" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Minnesota: Land of the Many-Colored Lakes : Image of the Day Minnesota: Land of the Many-Colored Lakes
Minnesota, “the land of 10,000 lakes,” might as well be called the “land of 10,000 shades of lakes.” Many of them owe their color to CDOM: colored dissolved organic matter.
When organic matter—leaves, roots, or
"24.10.2016 23:59:07" NASA Earth Need help with a Halloween costume? We have an idea... Struggling to find the perfect Halloween costume? We have an idea...
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"24.10.2016 21:22:46" Timeline Photos October 2016 Puzzler
Every month, we offer up an unlabeled satellite image for you to puzzle over. Your challenge is to use the comments section to tell us what part of the world we are looking at, what the image shows, and why the scene is interesting.
"24.10.2016 15:23:49" Timeline Photos Caspian Sea
Looking south to the horizon, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this photograph of most of the Caspian Sea and neighboring countries in inner Asia. Shorelines of water bodies are key features for astronauts trying
"23.10.2016 19:00:00" Making a Weather Forecast With GOES-R How will National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s GOES-R satellite help improve weather forecasting from 22,000 miles above Earth?
See more NOAA NASA SciJinks videos and other resources for kids (of all ages!) here:
"23.10.2016 15:25:54" earthobservatory.nasa.gov The Black Hills : Image of the Day The Black Hills
The Black Hills sprawl across South Dakota and Wyoming. They take their name from the Lakota phrase “Paha Sapa,” which describes the distant hills that emerge from the Earth.
On May 4, 2016, an astronaut aboard the International Space
"22.10.2016 15:02:46" Timeline Photos A Blaze of Yellow
Fall in northern Sweden is a brief but spectacular affair. For a few weeks in October, alpine forests in this remote part of Swedish Lapland turn blazing shades of yellow and orange.
The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8
"21.10.2016 18:39:00" Earth Expeditions: A Natural Cloud/Climate Laboratory Southern Africa produces almost a third of the world's vegetative burning, which sends smoke particles up into the atmosphere, where they can mix with stratocumulus clouds over the southeastern Atlantic Ocean. The #EarthExpedition Observations of Clouds
"21.10.2016 15:09:38" earthobservatory.nasa.gov A Second Massive Ice Avalanche in Tibet : Image of the Day A Second Massive Ice Avalanche in Tibet
In July 2016, a massive and mysterious avalanche sent glacial ice and rock spilling down a valley in the Aru Range of Tibet. Leading glaciologists were baffled by what might have caused the avalanche, which killed
"20.10.2016 23:16:27" jpl.nasa.gov The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean. NASA SMAP Mission Records Texas Flood Effects on Land and Sea
Using data from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite and other satellite instruments, a newly-published NASA study traced a 2015 Texas flood's chronology -- starting with rains
"20.10.2016 20:52:26" Earth Expeditions: Melting Greenland Glaciers Global sea level rise is one of the major environmental challenges of the 21st Century. #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) is paving the way for improved estimates of sea level rise by addressing the question: to what extent are the oceans
"20.10.2016 15:36:24" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Another Typhoon Hits the Philippines : Image of the Day Another Typhoon Hits the Philippines
Within the span of a week, powerful back-to-back typhoons pummeled the Philippines in October. First, Typhoon Sarika made landfall over Luzon on October 15, 2016. Then Typhoon Haima hit the island four days
"19.10.2016 16:07:44" Timeline Photos New Earth Observatory magazine with stories just for kids. Find out where all of Earth's fresh water is and try some fun #experiments! Download the first issue of NASA's newest kid's magazine, EO Kids, and Explore your #Earth.
"19.10.2016 15:00:43" Timeline Photos Hurricane Nicole's Cold Water Wake
When Hurricane Nicole blew across the Atlantic and over Bermuda in October 2016, the storm stirred up the ocean and left a distinctive pattern in its wake. Sea surface temperature data reveals Nicole's impact on the
"19.10.2016 01:18:54" media.giphy.com giphy.com September 2016 was Warmest on Record by Narrow Margin
September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
"18.10.2016 20:51:30" NASA IceBridge: Fit to Fly
"18.10.2016 18:58:12" nasa.gov Historical Records May Underestimate Sea Level Rise A new NASA/university study finds tide gauges, the longest, best-quality historical records of ocean water levels, may have underestimated 20th century global sea level rise. A new study using NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite data finds that tide gauges -- the longest and highest-quality records of historical ocean water levels -- may have underestimated the amount of global average sea level
"18.10.2016 17:55:00" NASA Operation IceBridge The OIB campaign kickoff feature is live! http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-launches-eighth-year-of-antarctic-ice-change-airborne-survey
"18.10.2016 15:19:53" Timeline Photos Oil Fields Along the Ob River
The Ob River runs a course through the middle of Russia's largest and most important gas and oil region. The West Siberian Basin, a vast region of tundra and taiga in north-central Russia, contributes about two-thirds of the
"17.10.2016 20:56:58" Timeline Photos Typhoon Sarika Over the Philippines
At 1:10 p.m. local time (05:10 Universal Time) on October 15, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Typhoon Sarika bearing down on the
"17.10.2016 15:50:37" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Hurricane Roundup: Matthew from Above : Earth Matters : Blogs Hurricane Roundup: Matthew from Above
After Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti, it blew through the Southeast. From above, NASA satellites, aircraft, and astronauts kept watch on the storm. The Earth Observatory published several images of the
"17.10.2016 15:02:50" Timeline Photos Santorini, Greece
The islands in this photograph (taken from the International Space Station) are arranged in an oval shape. They are all that remains of what was once a large, circular volcano.
The largest island in the ring is the tourist mecca of
"16.10.2016 14:44:59" Timeline Photos A Curious Ensemble of Wonderful Features
When John Wesley Powell explored the Colorado River in 1869, he made the first thorough survey of one of the last blank spots on the map. The expedition began in May at Green River, Wyoming, and ended three months
"15.10.2016 19:00:00" Timeline Photos Amid today's multitude of Earth-observing satellites, one truism remains: No sensor can image the past. By working with international ground stations around the globe, the Landsat program has been able to add nearly 4 million historic images to its
"15.10.2016 15:00:00" eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov Hurricane Matthew's Aftermath in Haiti
A week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, the death toll had climbed to 1,000 people, and United Nations agencies struggled to bring aid to devastated communities. The scope of the destruction on the Caribbean
"13.10.2016 22:00:00" Our #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) sees a glacier in retreat. This island at the mouth of Upernavik Glacier on the northwest coast of Greenland was photographed during the September 2016 OMG field campaign. Until 1950, this glacier had
"13.10.2016 19:32:20" Timeline Photos Rare Hurricane Hits Bermuda
Hurricane Nicole bore down on Bermuda on the morning of October 13, 2016. The storm broke records as it stirred up the Atlantic Ocean for more than a week, growing to a category-4 storm.
As it neared the island, Nicole became
"13.10.2016 19:11:15" earthobservatory.nasa.gov Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 2016: Searching for Sea Ice : Notes from the Field : Blogs The annual Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project is enabling scientists to better understand the freshwater balance of the Arctic Ocean. Timed in late summer to coincide with the Arctic sea ice minimum, the campaign provides scientists with an opportunity to
"13.10.2016 15:42:07" Josh Willis With our primary mission to survey the continental shelf around Greenland complete, the OMG crew set out on one last mission to survey a major fjord system along the east coast. The weather was good and the view was spectacular. We collected 7 good #EarthExpedition Oceans Melting Greenland finished its primary mission for 2016 studying how the oceans are melting Greenland's ice from below.
"13.10.2016 15:03:57" Timeline Photos Mapping Storm Patterns Over Lake Victoria
With a surface area of nearly 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers), Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa. It is also notoriously dangerous for more than 200,000 people from Uganda, Kenya, and
"12.10.2016 18:39:15" Timeline Photos A Porcupine Loses its Tongue
In late August 2016, a deep rift widened and an iceberg heaved away from the Porcupine Glacier in northern British Columbia. Glaciologist Mauri Pelto, who has been analyzing satellite imagery of glaciers since the 1980s,