Hurricane Darby in the eastern Pacific Ocean
NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the eastern Pacific Ocean and acquired a true-color image of a strengthening Hurricane Darby. At the time, the storm had convection bands wrapping tightly around a large, cloud-filled eye.
Snow, clouds, and sea ice around South Georgia Island
NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over the South Atlantic Ocean and captured a beautiful image of snow, clouds, and sea ice on and around South Georgia Island.
Spiral of plankton off the Australian Coast
NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color satellite image of a plankton bloom off of the Australian coast as it appeared at 1:05 p.m. local time on December 30, 2013.
Cloud streets off northern Australia
On July 15, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this true-color image of cloud streets — long parallel bands of cumulus clouds — off the northern coast of Australia.
Wildfires and dense smoke in central Russia
In mid-July 2016, satellites observed dense smoke over central Russia. Many of the fires appeared in the tundra-taiga interface, where boreal forest give way to low-lying vegetation and permafrost.
A sunny summer day on the Iberian Peninsula
On July 16, 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured a true-color image of a sunny summer day on the Iberian Peninsula.
Lake Urmia turns red
Like the Aral Sea, Iran’s salty Lake Urmia has shrunk rapidly during the past few decades. As it grows smaller, the lake grows saltier. And as it grows saltier, microscopic organisms are periodically turning the …
Plumes of smoke across the Aegean Sea
Fires burned across Greece in late July 2016, sending large plumes of smoke across the Aegean Sea.
Cliff Creek and Lava Mountain Fires, Wyoming
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of two fires, the Cliff Creek Fire and the Lava Mountain Fire on July 23.
Phytoplankton bloom in Hood Canal
NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired a natural-color image (top) of a phytoplankton bloom in Hood Canal—a fjord in Washington’s Puget Sound.
Massive amounts of dust poured off of West Africa
Massive amounts of dust poured off of West Africa throughout the month of July 2016, with strong winds lofting dust and sand high into the atmosphere and across the Atlantic Ocean.
Wildfires rage across northern Australia
Fires speckled the landscape across northern Australia in mid-July 2016.