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Earth From Space: 15 Amazing Things in 15 Years

The view of Earth from orbit is never the same – from minute to minute, day to day, year to year.

NOAA/NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities

A NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons.

Central Africa Lights Up from Agricultural Fires

This image taken by the Aqua satellite on December 15 shows hundreds of red dots indicative of fire.

NASA Highlights Drought, Mars, Arctic Warming at American Geophysical Union

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics next week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Dec. 15-19, San Francisco, CA.

The Greenup of the Planet

Over the past 50 years, satellites orbiting Earth have unveiled a remarkably dynamic planet. It turns out that even the pulse of life shows up.

Agricultural Fires Dot the West African Landscape

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected hundreds of fires burning in various countries in western Africa on December 04, 2014.

Iceberg B31 Heads West

Winter has lifted from Antarctica’s Pine Island Bay, bathing the area in summer sun. Now verpassing satellites can once again acquire sunlit views of iceberg B31 as it drifts in the Amundsen sea.

NASA Satellite Views Active Shiveluch Volcano

Shiveluch Volcano remained very active into November 2014, with a slowly growing lava dome accompanied by frequent ash emissions and rockfalls.

Fires Return With a Vengeance in India

The Aqua pass from today, November 6, 2014, shows a marked increase the number of fires.

Fires Rage Across the South of Indonesia

All across the Central and South Kalimantan regions of Indonesia fires rage and smoke billows off those fires.

Fires Subsiding in Northern India

Fires that were assumed to be agricultural in nature seem to be subsiding in this Terra satellite natural-color image taken on November 02, 2014.

Hundreds of Agricultural Fires in India

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in India on October 30, 2014.

Smoke and Haze Over China

Smoke and haze hang over a large portion of eastern China in this image captured by the Aqua satellite on October 29, 2014.

Fire and Snow Falling on the Ukraine

In this image collected by NASA's Aqua satellite on October 27, 2014, dozens of hot spots have been detected by the MODIS instrument in Ukraine.

Fires in the Southern United States

In this image taken by the Aqua satellite of the southern United States actively burning areas as detected by MODIS’s thermal bands are outlined in red.

‘Pulse of Our Planet’: Watching Earth’s Vital Signs

On Sept. 10, “Vital Signs: Pulse of Our Planet” premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, showcasing some of NASA’s most exciting Earth observations of our dynamic planet.

Fires in Eastern China

China is a well-known user of fire to clear agricultural fields of debris. In this satellite image hundreds of hot spots fill the image.

Fires in Northern India

The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land.

Fires in the Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Although the Queensland Rural Fire website does not show any fires in this area, the Australian Government's Sentinel Hotspot website shows numerous hotspots.

Fires in the Egypt River Delta

This NASA satellite image is of the Egyptian River Delta. Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.

Fires Dot the Ukraine Countryside

Numerous fires (marked with red dots) are burning in the Ukraine, likely as a result of regional agricultural practices.

Fires in the Punjab Region of India

he Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected dozens of fires burning in India on October 12, 2014.

Prescribed Burns in Western Australia

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite detected fires burning in Western Australia on October 14, 2014.

Smoke and Fires in China

NASA's Aqua satellite collected this natural-color image of China with the MODIS instrument on October 14, 2014.

Applegate Fire in California Closes Parts of I-80

The Applegate Fire has closed lanes on the east side of I-80. The fire began on October 8, 2014 and has spread to 420 acres.
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