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Snow-Covered Desert

Snow-Covered theTaklimakan Desert

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

By | Jan 4, 2013|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , |

U.S. Fires 2012

US Fires 2012

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.

By | Dec 10, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , |

Swirls along an Ice Highway

Swirls along an Ice Highway

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.

Sea Ice off Eastern Greenland

Sea Ice off Eastern Greenland

The MODIS instrument on NASA’s

By | Oct 22, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , |

Last weekend’s Typhoon Jelawat [video]

Last weekend’s Typhoon Jelawat

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!

By | Oct 3, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , |

Wildfire on Chios

Wildfire on Chios

In mid-August 2012, an intense wildfire broke out on island of Chios, in Aegean sea, Greece, sending a thick plume of smoke southward toward the island of Crete (Kriti).

By | Aug 22, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , |

Summer Storm over Arctic

Summer Storm over Arctic by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite

An unusually strong storm formed off the coast of Alaska on August 5 and tracked into the center of the Arctic Ocean, where it slowly dissipated over the next several days. NASA image acquired August 6, 2012.

By | Aug 15, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iceberg twice Manhattan’s size breaks off Greenland glacier

Iceberg twice Manhattan's size breaks off Greenland glacier

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.

By | Jul 20, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |

A Glorious View

A Glorious View by Aqua satellite

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.

By | Jun 27, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , |

A Hole in the Sky

A Hole in the Sky by NASA’s Aqua satellite

An enormous oval hole, several hundred miles across, in the clouds above the southern Pacific Ocean, acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on June 5, approximately 500 miles (800 km) off the southwestern coast of Tasmania.  Image credit: NASA/Aqua

By | Jun 11, 2012|Categories: Natural phenomena|Tags: , , , , |