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
Residents of Beijing and many other cities in China, facing a record-breaking air pollution, were warned to stay inside in mid-January 2013. It’s one of the worst periods of air quality in county’s recent history. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.
Two weeks ago, we published a new map of the Earth at night. Astute readers noticed lights in areas that were thought to be uninhabited. Many of those readers pointed to Western Australia and asked: How can there be so much light there? Image credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon
2012 was an extraordinary year for wildfires in the United States. According to records maintained by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, show that more than 9.1 million acres had burned as of November 30, 2012—the third highest total in a record that dates back to 1960. NASA images by the Science Visualization Studio. Caption by Adam Voiland.