NASA Earth Observatory
Arctic Sea Ice 6th Lowest on Record
09/26/2023 12:14 PM
Satellite data shows that Arctic sea ice likely reached its annual minimum extent on September 19, 2023.
Antarctic Sea Ice Sees Record Low Growth
09/26/2023 12:13 PM
Satellite data shows that Antarctic sea ice reached its lowest maximum extent on record on September 10, 2023.
Ephemeral Arc Spans Greenland Fjord
09/25/2023 09:00 PM
Scientists have some ideas about what might have caused a thin arc that spanned a fjord in Western Greenland.
Tracking Nightlights in Libya
09/24/2023 09:00 PM
Cities and towns darkened after a cyclone unleashed torrential flooding along the country’s coast.
Shebelle River Floodplain
09/23/2023 09:00 PM
Southeastern Ethiopia’s longest river supports the growth of green vegetation amid the otherwise brown, desert landscape.
OSIRIS-REx Prepares to Return Asteroid Sample
09/22/2023 09:00 PM
Teams monitor weather and ground conditions in Utah’s West Desert, where a capsule containing a piece of space rock is expected to land.
A Smoky Cloud Swirl
09/21/2023 09:00 PM
Intense fires and a passing cold front led to the sprawling feature.
Storm Aftermath in Derna, Libya
09/20/2023 11:57 AM
Flash floods in the port city destroyed roads and swept neighborhoods out to sea.
Devastation in Morocco
09/19/2023 09:00 PM
Communities in the High Atlas Mountains were among the hardest hit after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake caused widespread damage.
Mussel Rafts of the Rías de Arousa
09/18/2023 09:00 PM
The estuarine inlets of Spain’s Galicia coast are some of the most productive places to grow mussels.
Melting on Humboldt Glacier
09/17/2023 09:00 PM
Unusual late-season melting in Greenland turned the glacier’s surface into a mishmash of ice, firn, melt, and dirt.
Peru’s Tropical Glaciers and Rainbow Mountains
09/16/2023 09:00 PM
The icy landscape high in the Andes is dotted with colorful glacial lakes and weathered rock.
Water Returns to Laguna de Aculeo
09/15/2023 09:00 PM
The drought in Chile isn’t over, but recent late-winter rains provided enough moisture for water to start pooling up again.
Summer 2023 Was the Hottest on Record
09/14/2023 09:34 AM
June, July, and August were 0.23°C (0.41°F) warmer than any other summer in NASA’s record.
Torrential Rain Wreaks Havoc in Libya
09/13/2023 02:54 PM
A Mediterranean cyclone contributed to deadly flooding along the country’s coastline.
Hurricane Lee Traverses the Warm Atlantic
09/12/2023 01:51 PM
The major storm fluctuated in intensity as it approached the U.S. East Coast.
Greece’s Agricultural Heartland Underwater
09/11/2023 02:12 PM
Record rainfall inundated towns and farmland in the country’s Thessaly region.
Bolivian Salt Flats
09/09/2023 09:00 PM
An otherworldly landscape on a plateau in the Andes provides a natural laboratory for scientists studying Earth and Mars.
Cloudy Waters in Missisquoi Bay
09/08/2023 01:21 PM
Phosphorus runoff from farmland surrounding Lake Champlain contributes to summer cyanobacteria blooms in the northeastern part of the lake.
A Deluge in Greece
09/08/2023 10:13 AM
A stalled storm dropped three feet of rain over four days on the Thessaly region, triggering extensive flooding.
Summer Rains on Nevada’s Black Rock Playa
09/07/2023 09:00 PM
Late-season storms saturated the desert, leaving tens of thousands of festivalgoers stuck in the mire.
The Best Places to Plant Trees in Maryland
09/06/2023 09:00 PM
Using remote sensing, researchers have developed a method to guide the state of Maryland’s tree-planting efforts.
Storm Drenches Spain
09/05/2023 02:05 PM
An isolated low-pressure system produced torrential downpours in Spain and carried Saharan dust along its path.