Snow-Covered Desert are rare, but that’s exactly what’s happening at the Taklimakan Desert in western China. An observation by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite, as it passed over on Jan. 2, 2013. Image © NASA/Aqua
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.
Swirls along an ice highway in the sea water off the east coast of Greenland, observed by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on October 17, 2012. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC.
Typhoon Jelawat in Japan, left approximately 145 people with minor injuries with the hardest hit area around Okinawa. The typhoon produces strong winds and left tens of thousands of people without power. Image Credit: NASA Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team Watch these amazing videos!
An iceberg, or ice island, twice the size of Manhattan has broken away from the Petermann Glacier in northern Greenland. Images from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite show the island breaking off a tongue of ice that extends at the end of the glacier.
A layer of stratocumulus clouds over the Pacific Ocean, in this image from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired on June 20, 2012, served as the backdrop for this rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory. Glories generally appear as concentric rings of color in front of mist or fog.