Satellite imagery

Five years of soil moisture and ocean salinity

The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) has orbited more than one billion kilometers around Earth for the past five years observing Earth's water cycle changes over the years. ESA's Earth Explorer SMOS mission was launched on November 2, 2009 from Plesetsk

November 04, 2014

European weather during September 2014 captured by Meteosat

September in Europe started with the remnants of Hurricane "Cristobal", and there were several heavy rain episodes during the month - in Nuremburg, Germany on September 7, in Austria on September 12 and in Sweden on September 21 and 22.Southern France suffered

October 25, 2014

New seafloor map exposes thousands of previously unchartered ‘seamounts’, ridges and deep ocean structures

Two previously untapped streams of satellite data from ESA's CryoSat mission were used by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists at UC San Diego and their colleagues to create the new gravity map of the world's seaflor, exposing thousands of previously u

October 06, 2014

ISERV Viewer - New online tool for viewing images of Earth from ISS

A new user-friendly online resource interface - ISERV Viewer - with nearly two years of Earth images taken from a space station camera was recently released to the public. The interface is a world map that links to thousands of images made by the ISERV camera.ISERV (Int

September 27, 2014

High-resolution global topographic data to be released

High-resolution topographic data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year, the White House announced yesterday. The announcement was made at t

September 24, 2014

Sunkoshi landslide a continuous disaster, Nepal

Nearly 2 kilometers of hillside collapsed in rugged northern Nepal at 20:51 UTC on August 1, 2014 (02:36 local time on August 2) causing a massive landslide which buried dozens of homes in the village of Jure and killed 156 people. Some 5.5 million cubic meters (194 mil

September 23, 2014

Remnants of Hurricane "Norbert" produced record breaking rainfall in U.S. Southwest

Record breaking rainfall produced by the remnants of former Hurricane "Norbert" drenched much of the U.S. Southwest on September 8, 2014. Flash flooding in southern Arizona resulted in deaths of two people. Massive rainfall and flash flooding was also seen in

September 09, 2014

Infrared views of Bardarbunga volcano eruption, Iceland

Satellite imagery of Bardarbunga eruption has been scarce because of persistent cloud cover and a relatively small number of spacecraft that collect images at high latitudes but in the past few days NASA satellites have finally been able to observe the event from orbit.

September 04, 2014

"South Napa" M6.0 earthquake mapped from space

ESA's fledgling satellite Sentinel-1A has been used to map the rupture caused by strong M6.0 earthquake that hit San Francisco Bay Area on August 24, 2014, the largest earthquake to impact the Bay Area since the 1989 M6.9 Loma Prieta earthqu

September 03, 2014

Record breaking temperatures cause largest wildfires in 40 years, Sweden

Fast-growing fire has consumed Västmanland, Sweden, since July 31 and grew to become the largest Sweden has seen in 40 years. As of August 8, it had charred more than 150 square kilometers (60 square miles), killed one person, and forced thousands to

August 09, 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014, as the annual fire season continues across the region. Multiple red hotspots, which indicate areas of increased temperatures, are heavily sprinkled across the Congo (northwest), Angola (south), the Democrat

July 26, 2014

New images highlight U.S. air quality improvement

Anyone living in a major U.S. city for the past decade may have noticed a change in the air. The change is apparent in new NASA satellite images unveiled this week that demonstrate the reduction of air pollution across the country.After ten years in orbit, the Ozone

June 26, 2014

Satellite animation of storms that flooded the Midwestern U.S.

From June 16 through June 23 a series of thunderstorms dropped large amounts of rainfall on the Upper Midwest that caused flooding and spawned tornadoes. Visible and infrared data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite covering that period of time were compiled into an ani

June 25, 2014

El Hierro volcano helps to improve algorithms used by satellites

Information provided by satellites on the amount of chlorophyll-A and the roughness of the sea following the eruption of the underwater volcano off the island of El Hierro (Spain) did not coincide with the actual data collected in situ by vessels carrying

June 09, 2014

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds above Funny River Fire seen from space

Pyrocumulonimbus clouds, also known as pyroCb events, are thunderclouds formed when superheated air rises above an intense fire. They are the most extreme manifestation of a pyrocumulus cloud, accompanied by hail, lightning, and strong winds and can loft

May 23, 2014

Early wildfires season around Lake Baikal, Russia

Temperatures around Russian Lake Baikal have skyrocketed in the past few weeks to 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees F) prompting outbreaks of fire. Temperatures in this region are usually cooler until late July/early August when the bulk of the wildfires in

May 20, 2014

Massive wildfires in California as seen from space

An intense heatwave coupled with the Santa Ana winds lead to an outbreak of multiple wildfires throughout California this week. Most of those wildfires originated from the Bernardo Fire, which had ignited on May 13, 2014. In just 24 hours t

May 16, 2014

Tornado damage in Mayflower, Arkansas

Early on April 27, 2014, a cold front from the Rocky Mountains descended on the Plains, fueling intense thunderstorms that spun out a powerful tornado. Beginning at 7 p.m. local time, the twister cut a swath of destruction through the small towns of Mayflower

May 06, 2014

Volcanic plume over Southern Atlantic Ocean revealed through false-color imagery

The South Sandwich Islands, in the far southern Atlantic Ocean, are often shrouded with thick cloud, making it difficult to view the region from space. Sometimes, however, the use of false-color imagery can be used to reveal events that would otherwise be obscured under

April 30, 2014

First images available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space February 27. The images show

March 25, 2014

Changed landscape around Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

The following images show how much of the landscape around Sinabung volcano, Indonesia, has changed in last 9 months. The ash has coated nearby villages, as well as the coffee, chili pepper, and other plantation clustered at the foot of the

February 12, 2014

Satellite observes African volcanoes Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo venting steam, DR Congo

ASTER instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite took this false-color image of the sibling African volcanoes, Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo, venting steam and other volcanic gases above the Congolese rainforest on January 29, 2014. Recent lava flows are black or

February 04, 2014

Rare Middle Eastern snow seen from space

A rare winter storm  dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The storm was named Alexa and it was the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953. It brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to

December 17, 2013

Activity on newly emerged Japanese island picks up - Niijima, new images and video

Volcanic activity along the western edge of the Pacific “Ring of Fire” gave rise to a new island in late November 2013. The new island is in the Ogasawara Islands, part of the Volcano Island arc,  about 1 000 kilometers (600 miles) south

December 17, 2013

Dense plume from Sakura-jima volcano seen by satellite

When Sakura-jima volcano erupted on November 23, 2013, it emitted a dense plume of ash over the Japanese island of Kyushu. Currently Japan’s most active volcano, Sakura-jima explodes several hundred times each year but these eruptions are usually

December 04, 2013

Space-based solar observatories ready for Comet ISON

Comet ISON will pass through the Sun's atmosphere at just about 1.2 million km (730 000 miles) above the solar surface on November 28, 2013 at 18:44 UTC. It is now entering the fields of view of space-based solar observatories and will be viewed first

November 25, 2013

Zhupanovsky volcano awakens after 54 years of sleep, Kamchatka

There are subtle signs of a new eruption brewing at Zhupanovsky volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula which was quiet since 1959. The Earth-Observing 1 satellite captured ash above Zhupanovsky on November 5, 2013.  According

November 07, 2013

Rare hybrid solar eclipse shades Africa

The last eclipse of 2013 was an unusual one. Known as a hybrid eclipse, the Moon blocked just part of the Sun - an annular eclipse - at sunrise in the western Atlantic Ocean, and then moved into total eclipse along a long, narrow path crossing into

November 06, 2013

Another new island formed during underwater volcano eruption in Red Sea

According to satellite images taken by NASA's Terra MODIS another volcanic island emerged late October 2013 along Zubair Group of islands, Red Sea, as a result of ongoing underwater volcano eruption. The new phase of eruption started on

November 03, 2013

Jebel Zubair underwater eruption continues, Red Sea

Underwater eruption of Jebel Zubair volcano continues with the production of a steam plume of variable size, not always easily identifiable on satellite images. A SO2 plume is also visible on satellite data drifting from the eruption site.  This latest

October 11, 2013

Etna reclaims its status as one of most active volcanoes on Earth

With a series of paroxysms, Mount Etna has reclaimed its status as one of the most active volcanoes on Earth After a 4 month respite, Sicily’s massive Etna Volcano is again showing signs of life. Beginning on September 3, 2013, the Osservatorio Etneo

September 30, 2013

Satellite image of new island created by M 7.7 earthquake in Pakistan

On September 26, 2013, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured the image of new island created by major M 7.7 strike-slip earthquake that struck western Pakistan on September 24, 2013. The

September 28, 2013

Global 10-day Fire Map: June 30 - July 9, 2013

The fire map bellow accumulates the locations of the fires detected by MODIS on board the Terra and Aqua satellites over a 10-day period, from June 30  - July 9, 2013. Each colored dot indicates a location where MODIS detected at least one fire during

July 10, 2013

First global map of vegetation from recently launched Proba-V

The first global map of vegetation from the recently launched Proba-V has been unveiled, demonstrating that the new minisatellite is on track to continue a 15-year legacy of global vegetation monitoring from space. Proba-V was designed to map land cover and

July 10, 2013

Canada and US wildfire smoke crosses the Atlantic Ocean

Smoke lofted above the part of the atmosphere closest to the ground (the boundary layer), where topography has a significant impact on winds, is spreading farther than smoke that remains trapped near the surface.  Intense fires in Canada produced

July 04, 2013