Investigating how solar flares impact Earth


Today’s Video of the Day comes from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and features a look at how solar flares impact Earth.

Solar flares are a brief but potent burst of radiation caused by the release of magnetic energy from sunspots. They can be seen as bright spots on the sun that can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

Now, a team of scientists have investigated how solar flares affect the ionosphere.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

Meteoroid captured from the International Space Station


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a meteoroid seen from the International Space Station.

If you look at the upper right portion of the clip, you’ll see the meteoroid fall to Earth just after the 00:07 mark at an estimated speed of 40 kilometers per second.

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the images on November 5, 2017 at 22:33 GMT as the International Space Station was flying over Kazakhstan.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Traveling over the Canary Islands to Italy


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a timelapse trip over the Canary Islands to Italy.

The clip was assembled using still images taken by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on board the International Space Station.

Cristoforetti was part of the ESA Expedition 42 and 43 crew.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Three years of the Sentinel-1A satellite


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the past 3 years of the Sentinel-1A satellite.

In celebration of its 3rd anniversary, this clip highlights the major world events that Sentinel-1A helped cover.

Sentinel-1A is able to see through clouds and darkness, which makes it especially useful for monitoring natural disasters for emergency response systems.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

A real time flight over Italy


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at a real time flight over Italy.

The clip was shot from the International Space Station by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli in August 2017 using a RED Dragon camera.

The footage includes stunning overhead views of the Italian peninsula set to the song “Daylight” by Roob Sebastian.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Southwestern Australia as seen from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at western Australia.

The clip contains images captured by the Sentinel-3A satellite and includes a wide variety of land activity ranging from sprawling agricultural fields to dense national parks and forests.

The city of Perth is visible in the left side of the images along the Indian Ocean coast of western Australia. Perth is the fourth most populated city in the country with a population of just under 2 million people.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com

Source: European Space Agency

What to look for in the night sky during November 2017


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and features a preview of what to look for in the night sky during November 2017.

On November 13, Venus and Jupiter will pair up in the sky about 45 minutes before sunrise. Be sure to look low on the east-southeast horizon to catch a glimpse.

According to Jane Houston from JPL, there will also be 3 different meteor showers this month, though none of them will be in particularly large numbers.

Remember to always exercise safety by never looking or aiming your binoculars directly at the sun.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA JPL

A time-lapse trip from western Europe to Asia


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a time-lapse trip from western Europe to Asia.

The clip was created using images taken at night by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli on the International Space Station.

In additional to the glowing city lights, the images also capture billowing cloud formations and even some thunderstorms.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

Vojvodina, Serbia from space


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at Vojvodina, Serbia from space.

Vojvodina is located in northern Serbia and contains a vast array of agricultural fields thanks to the rich soil left behind by the Pannonian Sea 2 to 23 million years ago.

The Pannonian Sea existed for roughly 9 million years before it got cut off from its primary water source and became lake before drying up completely.

These images were captured by the Sentinel-2A satellite

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

The colors of Earth


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at the different colors of Earth seen from space.

This clip was captured by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the International Space Station who commented, “Red into blue into green, grey and white with a fade to black – the amazing colours of our planet.”

The speed of the video is actually 25 times faster than the speed at which the footage was captured.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

NASA GPM video of Tropical Storm Saola


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and features GPM Flyby footage of Tropical Storm Saola.

The clip was captured on October 27, 2017 at 10:43pm EDT while rain fell at a rate of over 2.6 inches per hour and cloud tops reached towering heights of over 8.4 miles.

Sustained winds reached 63.2 miles per hour as the storm moved just 169 miles south of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Ambrym in the Vanuatu archipelago


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency’s Earth from Space series and features a look at the island of Ambrym in the Vanuatu archipelago.

Located in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,050 kilometers east of Australia, Ambrym is a volcanic island that contains two lava lakes. The island is a triangle shape that measures roughly 31 miles in width and covers 262 square miles in surface area.

These images were captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: European Space Agency