Tropical Cyclone Cristina was churning over the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, on June 12, 2014, when Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, acquired this image.
Springtime brings increased sunlight, bursts of nutrients, and changing water conditions to the Gulf of Alaska. The combination promotes massive blooms of phytoplankton—microscopic, plant-like organisms that turn sunlight into food and then become fodder for some of the richest fisheries on the planet.
A plankton bloom acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, off the coast of Australia.
A rare winter storm dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The image of the snow after the clouds cleared, on December 15, is from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this Image © EOSDIS Worldview at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
An iceberg, the size of Singapore, that was part of the Pine Island Glacier is now separating from the Antarctica continent, in this MODIS image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2013. What appears to be a connection point on the top left portion of the iceberg is actually ice debris floating in the water. Image © NASA
A rare clear view of Alaska by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite, that most days, is covered by relentless rivers of clouds, obscuring most of the state’s 6,640 miles (10,690 kilometers) of coastline and 586,000 square miles (1,518,000 square kilometers) of land. Image © NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC. Caption: Adam Voiland