Satellite Images Snowstorm 2016: A Blizzard by Moonlight

 Aquired January 23, 2016 download large image (4 MB, JPEG, 2408×3136) Source: Earth Observatory A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on January 23, snowfall totals were…

Satellite Images: Oil Tank Fires in Libya

Acquired January 6, 2016 download large image (3 MB, JPEG, 2200×1600) Acquired January 7, 2016 download large image (426 KB, JPEG, 1200×1000) Source: Earth Observatory After battles in Libya on January 4–6, 2016, several fires were observed at oil production and storage facilities near Sidra, on the coast between Sirte and Benghazi. Smoke plumes from…

Satellite Images: Earthrise Reimagined

  download large image (12 MB, JPEG, 8520×12388) Source: Earth Observatory On December 24, 1968, during a live Christmas Eve broadcast from orbit around the Moon, Apollo 8 astronauts shared a spectacular image of Earth rising on the lunar horizon. The image, known as Earthrise, offered us one of the first views of our planet…