Earth Observation

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…

2 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…

2 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…

4 months ago

Phew, Earth-Watching DSCOVR is Operational Again

Rejoice! If you’ve missed your daily fix of seeing views of our rotating Earth from space, NOAA announced that its…

7 months ago

A Brand New Island in the Pacific has Survived 5 Years

A surtseyan eruption is a volcanic eruption in shallow water. It's named after the island Surtsey, off the coast of…

10 months ago

There’s A Fire in Greenland… Again. It’s 10 Degrees Hotter Than Normal

As global warming ramps up, expect to see Greenland in the news a lot. That's because its ice sheet is…

1 year ago

Ice loss in Greenland is Accelerating

The rate at which Greenland is losing its ice is accelerating. This unsurprising conclusion comes from a new study based…

2 years ago

This is What Icebergs Look Like at the End of Their Lives. This One’s 18 Years Old

Nothing lasts forever, especially an iceberg drifting away from its frigid home. This coffin-shaped iceberg was spotted by astronauts on…

2 years ago

You’ve Got to Watch this Stunning NASA Video of Arctic Sea Ice. Now at its Lowest Levels

In the 60 years that NASA has been keeping track, the arctic seasonal sea ice is the thinnest and youngest…

2 years ago

Look at all the Aerosols Pushed into the Atmosphere, from Fires, Volcanoes and Pollution. Even Sea Salt Thrown into the Air from Hurricanes

Using the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP) model, NASA recently released a visualization that showed all the…

2 years ago