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NASA’s Earth Observatory captured this picture of something surprising in the Pacific: lava flows in

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

NASA’s Earth Observatory captured this picture of something surprising in the Pacific: lava flows in the area have fused two tiny islands into one larger island. Right now, the newly created island measures about a square mile, and is still mostly devoid of plant and animal life. But, as it grows, that may change. Read more...

What Do Reservoirs Reveal When They Dry Up?

Lake Powell drying up. (Image: NASA Earth Observatory/Dylan Thuras) Lake Mead is shrinking. The Great Salt Lake is shrinking. The Salton Sea is shrinking. Not just in the American West, but in Africa, Asia, and the sub-Arctic reaches of the globe, lakes are disappearing. Show More Summary

A Look At Mount St. Helens 35 Years After Its Historic Eruption

2 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This satellite image of Washington’s Mount St. Helens comes courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory, which notes that tomorrow is the 35th anniversary of the volcano’s eruption and subsequent landslide, which killed 57 people. Scientists still keep a close watch on the site from both the air and ground. Read more...

Mapping 13 Years of Clouds on Earth

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Today’s forecast: cloudy with a chance of maps. The NASA Earth Observatory has condensed more than a decade of data from the  Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer  (MODIS) to create a single map of Earth’s average cloud cover...Show More Summary

New NASA Map Shows Our Cloudy World

Blue Marble, yes. Cloudy Blue Marble? Most definitely. The NASA Earth Observatory is out with another compelling image of our planet, one that shows it's a cloudy place. Specifically, about two-thirds of Earth's surface is covered by clouds at any given moment. The map is based on data collected between...

NASA observes ‘significant solar flare’ on the sun that thankfully missed Earth

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, has sent back pictures of a massive, X-class solar flare. The X-class flares are the strongest, and this one received an X2.7 rating. It wasn’t pointed at us, and there was no notable harm done, but there was a brief radio blackout (and a burst of static) over the Pacific Ocean…

Watch This Time Lapse Montage of the Sun’s Atmosphere Captured over Four Years

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft has been observing the sun since 2010 with the goal of understanding its influence on the Earth and near-Earth space. Using time lapse footage captured by the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) between 2011 and 2015, Michael König edited this cool video. This joins a previous video he created using [...]Show More Summary

This Is What Baseball Looks Like from Outer Space

Denver. Images via NASA Astronaut Terry Virtz, also known as Astro Terry, has launched an international game of trivia to test his fellow baseball fanatics from 250 miles above the earth. From the Cupola observatory module’s 31-inch-windows...Show More Summary

NASA Captures Massive Solar Flare; May Amplify Northern Lights

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured photos and video of the first super-powerful sun flare of 2015. The X-class solar flare was directed at Earth, and while the Earth’s atmosphere protects us from the harmful radiation, it caused a strong radio blackout. More importantly for us photographers, though, such massive radiation bursts may lead to [...]Show More Summary

Watch NASA launch its mission to the magnetosphere tonight

If all goes well, NASA will finally launch its Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) observatories tonight. Comprised of four identical spacecraft (shown above in a clean room), its purpose is to study the magnetic fields around Earth for information on how they connect and disconnect. Show More Summary

This puts everything in perspective.

4 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This puts everything in perspective. Here's an image of today's X2.2-class solar flare, along with the Earth for scale. Image via NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory Read more...

NASA: "Ancient Mars Had a Vast Ocean Covering Half Its Northern Hemisphere"

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply...

How to Read Satellite Data Maps of the Earth

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA's Earth Observatory has spent over fifteen years using satellites to collect hordes of real-time data across our planet's surface. They reveal everything from temperature and energy use, to how much radiation we beam into space. Here's how to understand satellite data maps to understand our planet's vital signs. Read more...

NASA Spots A Huge Gash Across The Surface Of The Sun

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Scientists working at the Solar Dynamics Observatory have spotted a massive solar filament that stretches across a good portion of the sun's visible surface. It's about 533,000 miles long (857,780 km) – equivalent to 67 Earths lined up in a row. Read more...

NASA launches groundbreaking Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory

NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory now begins a three-year mission...Show More Summary

Even our underwater forests are dying off.

5 months agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Even our underwater forests are dying off. Kelp forests have been undergoing huge losses in the last 75 years. So what's causing the disappearance? NASA's Earth Observatory identifies three of the biggest problems as warmer oceans, more intense storms, and invasive species moving into the area. Read more...

Deep Space Climate Observatory to provide 'EPIC' views of earth

NASA has contributed two Earth science instruments for NOAA's space weather observing satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory or DSCOVR, set to launch in Jan., 2015. One of the instruments called EPIC or Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera will image the Earth in one picture, something that hasn't been done before from a satellite. Show More Summary

U.S. population to top 320 million at start of 2015, Census reports

This image of the United States of America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC The U.S. population is expected to reach 320.09 million on Jan. Show More Summary

Happy Solar Flare

6 months agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Telegraph: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured dramatic footage of a powerful X-class solar flare erupting on the surface of the Sun. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically...Show More Summary

The Big Picture: Catching an intense solar flare in action

It's no longer rare to hear reports of solar flares that could affect Earth, but seeing them in vivid detail? That's another matter. Thankfully, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recently captured a high-intensity X1.8 flare (80 percent more intense...

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