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Earth Art: Wildfire Abstraction

Wildfire smoke filling valleys in British Columbia creates an abstract pattern in this highly processed image based on data acquired by NASA’s Aqua satellite on July 16, 2014.

Super Typhoon Rammasun Slams Ashore in South China

A screenshot from an animation of infrared images from the COMS-1 satellite shows Super Typhoon Rammasun slamming ashore in southern China today.

As Rosetta Nears its Rendezvous With a Comet, Use this Way Cool Interactive Model to See How it Got There

The folks at Inove, creators of Solar System Scope, got in touch with me this morning to share their recent cool creation: an online, interactive, 3-D model of the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Numerous Wildfires Rage in Hot and Dry Pacific Northwest

Smoke plumes from wildfires burning throughout the Pacific Northwest are circled in this image acquired by NASA’s Terra satellite on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

California Experiences Warmest, 3rd Driest Year Since 1895

Dramatic shrinking of New Melones Reservoir in California is seen in this animation of Landsat images.

June Was 6th Warmest Globally. The Month Brought Raging Wildfires, Brutal Temperatures, and Melting in Greenland

Departures in June from long-term average temperatures are seen in this map from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The Moon: A Visual Appreciation As We Approach the 45th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Historic Small Step

Supermoonrise over California. (Please click to enlarge. Photograph: © Tom Yulsman) In this post, I’m going to attempt to tie together the recent rising of a “supermoon,” the first Moon landing, the painter Mark Rothko, and photographic technique.

Has the Sun Blown its Top?

An image of the sun based on data gathered by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on July 10, 2014. (Source: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory) I spotted this image on the Facebook page for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and found it so compelling that I had to share it.

Lake Mead Shrivels to Historic Low Level. In Just Two Years, the Change is Dramatic Enough to be Visible from Space

An animation of images from NASA’s Aqua satellite shows a visible change in the size of Lake Mead in just two years.

Super Typhoon Neoguri Now Aiming For Japan

Super Typhoon Neoguri is seen churning in the western Pacific Ocean on Monday in this animation of images from Japan’s MTSAT weather satellite.

Meanwhile, Out in the Pacific Ocean… Meet Tropical Storm 08W, a Possible Threat to Japan

Tropical Storm 08W is seen swirling in the Pacific Ocean about 160 nautical miles southwest of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Watch Arthur Explode into a Cyclone and Head up Coast

NASA’s Earth Observatory just published this dramatic video of Hurricane Arthur, based on data from the GOES-13 satellite.

Hurricane Arthur Threatens Serious Coastal Flooding

Expected flooding from storm surges pushed up by Hurricane Arthur in coastal North Carolina and parts of Virginia is seen in this experimental map from the National Hurricane Center.

That’s a Weird Looking Sunspot… Hold On… It’s Actually the International Space Station Transiting the Sun!

The #ISS transits the sun. Credit: M. Teodorescu #exp40 — Observing Space (@ObservingSpace) June 30, 2014 Maximilian Teodorescu of Magurele, Romania captured this fabulous image of the International Space Station passing in front of the Sun on June 30.

Cool New Animation of Arthur (When He Was Just a Tot)

Heavy rainfall surrounds the center of a low pressure system on June 29, 2014, as measured by NASA’s TRMM satellite.

Tropical Storm Arthur Takes Aim on the Carolinas. Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Hatteras Island

Tropical Storm Arthur swirls off the coast of Florida this morning in a photo shot by astronaut Reid Wiseman aboard the International Space Station.

Wildfires Blazing in Northern Canadian Forests Send Plumes of Smoke More than a Thousand Miles South to Colorado

Smoke plumes are visible from multiple wildfires burning in the Northern Territories in this image captured by NASA’s Terra Satellite this afternoon.

Tropical Storm Arthur, First of Atlantic Hurricane Season, is a Possible July 4th Threat to N. Carolina’s Outer Banks

An animation of infrared satellite images shows Tropical Storm Arthur swirling off the coast of Florida today.

The Psychedelic Sun

The Sun, as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. (Source: Alzate/SDO) It may look like something right out of the Joshua Light Show circa 1969, but it’s actually a real image of the Sun, as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft in January of 2013.

NASA Visualization Shows Air Quality Improving Across the U.S. But is the Trend Beginning to Reverse?

This animation shows significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide pollution, averaged yearly from 2005-2011, across the United States.