Earth Observation

These Bizarre Cloud Patterns are von Kármán’s Vortices, Caused by the air Wrapping Around Tall Islands

This is an image of some of the islands that make up the nation of Cape Verde. While most in…

2 weeks ago

Iceberg A-68A is Turning. Will it Miss South Georgia Island After All?

A massive iceberg named A-68A is on a long journey through the seas near Antarctica. Though largely empty, those waters…

2 months ago

An Iceberg the Size of South Georgia Island is on a Collision Course with… South Georgia Island

Back in July 2017, satellites watched as an enormous iceberg broke free from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf on the…

2 months ago

This is the View You Get Staring out of the Space Station’s Cupola Module

Those lucky few who have the incredible opportunity to see the Earth from space often report the view gives them…

4 months ago

Earth Observation Satellites Could be Flown Much Lower than Current Altitudes and Do Better Science

Satellite engineers know what every photographer knows: get close to your subject to get better pictures. Not just visible light…

6 months ago

Dust Seen Streaming Out of Namibia Into the Atlantic Ocean

Landsat 8 strikes again. Landsat 8 is the United States Geological Survey's most recently launched satellite, and it holds the…

6 months ago

Mount Everest, Seen from Space!

One under-appreciated space asset is the photography skills of the Russian cosmonauts on board the International Space Station. They are…

6 months ago

Watch the Incredible Plume of Dust from Africa Cross the Entire Atlantic Ocean

Dust plumes are a natural phenomena, part of Earth's nutrient cycle. They occur when high-velocity winds pick up tiny dry…

6 months ago

This Giant Iceberg Has Been Sailing the Southern Seas for Three Years Now

An iceberg that calved off of from a larger ice formation has spent three years floating on the ocean near…

6 months ago

40 Years Ago, Mount St. Helens Blew its Top Off

One day, my Grade Nine science class got way more interesting. Suddenly, volcanoes weren't just something in textbooks. Though I…

8 months ago