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Agricultural Fires and Smoke Across Guinea and Sierra Leone

Fires dot the landscape of the countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone on the continent of Africa in this natural-color image collected by Suomi NPP's VIIRS instrument on April 18, 2019.

Lake Aculeo Dries Up

Persistent drought and intensive water use has proven too much for this lake in Chile.

Fires in Port St. John Florida Now Under Control

A brush fire near Port St. John Florida is now nearly under control after threatening nearby communities. The Suomi NPP satellite shows the smoke from the fire spreading to the west.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

Agricultural Fires Across Southeast Asia Producing Massive Amounts of Smoke

Huge swaths of smoke hang over the entire Indochina peninsula in this NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP image captured on April 16, 2019.

Hubble Celebrates 29th Anniversary with a Colorful Look at the Southern Crab Nebula

In celebration of the 29th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers captured this festive, colorful look at the tentacled Southern Crab Nebula.

A Closer Look at Mercury’s Spin and Gravity Reveals the Planet’s Inner Solid Core

Mercury’s inner core is indeed solid and that it is very nearly the same size as Earth’s inner core.

Melting on Lake Balkhash

The break up of lake ice in springtime unveils the turquoise waters of one of Asia’s largest lakes.

Another Blizzard Wallops the Upper Midwest

South Dakota was one of the hardest hit states.

Meteoroid Strikes Eject Precious Water From Moon

Streams of meteoroids striking the Moon infuse the thin lunar atmosphere with a short-lived water vapor, according to researchers using data from NASA’s LADEE spacecraft. The findings will help scientists understand the history of lunar water.

Return of GEDI’s First Data Reveals the Third Dimension of Forests

NASA’s Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) mission launched in December 2018. From its perch aboard the International Space Station, it uses lasers to create detailed 3D maps of Earth’s forests and topography.

NASA’s TESS Discovers its First Earth-size Planet

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size world. The planet, HD 21749c, is about 89% Earth’s diameter.

Storm System Stirs Up Dust

Powerful winds lofted massive amounts of dust over parts of Texas and New Mexico.

Warm Winds Trigger Melting in Antarctica

Unusual late-season events could produce long-term changes to the snowpack on the Larsen C ice shelf.

Picture Earth for Earth Day 2019

For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event.

Hubble Peers at Cosmic Blue Bauble

Messier 3: Containing an incredible half-million stars, this 8-billion-year-old cosmic bauble is one of the largest and brightest globular clusters ever discovered.

Grass and Scrub Fires in Northern Territory, Australia

The Northern Territory Fire Incident website reports that grass and scrub fires have broken out near Stuart Highway in Katherine, Australia.

Fire Season in the Yucatan Peninsula Going Strong

Fire season in the Yucatan Peninsula is more than halfway through and the fires can be seen in this satellite image.

NASA’s Webb Telescope Mirrors Utilize Innovative Space Shielding

NASA’s Webb telescope mirrors utilize innovative space shielding.

Sizing Up the Carbon Footprint of Cities

Large and wealthy cities have the biggest carbon footprints.

NASA Sees El Niño Conditions Prevail in the Central Pacific Ocean

An El Niño that began to form last fall has matured and is now fully entrenched across the Pacific Ocean. Changes in sea surface temperatures (SSTs) brought about by an El Niño affect the atmosphere, resulting in distinctive changes in the rainfall pattern across the Pacific Basin. These changes show up as anomalies or deviations in NASA’s analysis

Massive Snowstorm in Central United States Kicks Up Dust In Southwest

A massive storm rolled across the United States dropping up to two fee of snow in the Dakotas and Minnesota and kicking up dust in New Mexico, Texas, and across the border.

A Fire Surrounded by Ice

The Landsat 8 satellite acquired a scene of contrasts in Siberia.

Alaska Hit With a Hot March

The state jumped from mid-winter right into late spring, setting monthly temperature records in many cities and towns.

The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island

Pine Island Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica. This timeline highlights the most notable calving events of the past two decades.
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