Earth Observation

Believe It Or Not, This Stunning Blue Landscape is a Desert As Seen from Space

by Nancy Atkinson March 31, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter At first glance, this beautiful swirling view appears like clouds above a large body of water or possibly the eddies of ocean currents. Surprisingly, this is a desert, the Kavir desert (Dasht-e Kavir – literally ‘desert of salt-marsh’) in Iran, and […]

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What Does the Grand Canyon Look Like from Space?

by Nancy Atkinson March 27, 2014

Can you spot the Grand Canyon in this picture? It is surprisingly hard to see. Astronaut Koichi Wakata took this picture on March 26, 2014 from the International Space Station, and thankfully he provided a clue: look in the bottom center portion in the photo. Remove this ad Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Chinese Satellites May Have Detected Debris from Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

by Ken Kremer March 12, 2014

Chinese government satellites orbiting Earth may have detected floating, crash related debris from the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH-370 that disappeared without a trace last week – and which could be a key finding in spurring the ongoing and so far fruitless search efforts. Today, Wednesday, March 12, Chinese space officials released a trio of […]

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Latest Data Shows Global Climate Continues Warming Trend

by Nancy Atkinson January 21, 2014

The latest statistics are in from 2013 and both NASA’s and NOAA’s measurements of global temperatures show Earth continued to experience temperatures warmer than those measured several decades ago. NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures, while NOAA […]

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Satellite Image of the “Polar Vortex” Over the US

by Nancy Atkinson January 6, 2014

If you live in the north and eastern part of the US, you’re probably experiencing some frigid weather. You’re probably also hearing people talk about something called a “polar vortex.” Just what is a polar vortex and why is it making the temperatures so cold? Remove this ad Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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