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A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere

A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere

Clouds can be a nuisance when scientists are trying to observe features on Earth's surface. But at other times, clouds are exactly what they want to see. These images highlight some of the more unusual and beautiful clouds observed in recent years from space. Read more

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Still Cloudy, With a Chance of Clearing

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, today's Bay is shaped by human forces as well. Read more

EO Kids

EO Kids

EO Kids brings engaging science stories from the Earth Observatory to a younger audience. Download the latest issue of NASA's newest kid's magazine, EO Kids, and Explore your Earth. Read more

Notes from the Field: Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 2016

Notes from the Field: Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 2016

This annual expedition 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 deploy a suite of oceanographic instruments within this harsh and remote environment. Read more

Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Polar sea ice grows and shrinks dramatically each year, driven by seasonal cycles. Habitat for wildlife and harbinger of changing climate, sea ice offers scientists important clues about the state of our planet. Read more

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Natural Hazards

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Sudan’s Shifting SandsFebruary 2, 2017
Sudan’s Shifting Sands
Snow Across the Southwest January 28, 2017
Snow Across the Southwest
Image of the Day Underwater Eruption Near Tongatapu January 27, 2017
Underwater Eruption Near Tongatapu
Image of the Day Fissure Eruptions on Erta AleJanuary 26, 2017
Fissure Eruptions on Erta Ale
Fires Continue in ChileJanuary 25, 2017
Fires Continue in Chile
Thick Haze in Eastern ChinaJanuary 25, 2017
Thick Haze in Eastern China
Image of the Day Fires Blaze in ChileJanuary 21, 2017
Fires Blaze in Chile
Snowy Kamchatka January 18, 2017
Snowy Kamchatka
Winter Snowscape in AlaskaJanuary 9, 2017
Winter Snowscape in Alaska
Image of the Day Multiple Fires Blaze in ArgentinaDecember 29, 2016
Multiple Fires Blaze in Argentina
Image of the Day Snow-Capped Summits in HawaiiDecember 25, 2016
Snow-Capped Summits in Hawaii
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World of Change

Satellite images showing how our world— forests, oceans, cities, even the Sun— has changed in recent decades.
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Blue Marble

Composite satellite images of the entire Earth.
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Earth at Night

The night side of Earth twinkles with light in these composite global and regional views.
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Experiments

Hands-on educational activities.
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Visible Earth

A catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet.
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NASA Earth Observations

View, download, and analyze imagery of Earth science data.
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