The hottest desert on the planet •

Last update: October 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeastern Iran.

The Lut Desert is often referred to as the hottest place on the planet. Satellites recorded extreme surface temperatures in the region over several different years. 

The highest-ever land surface temperature was recorded in 2005 by NASA’s Aqua satellite in the Lut Desert at more than 70 degrees Celsius, or 199 degrees Fahrenheit.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: ESA




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