First Breathtaking Images from Europe's New Sentinel Satellite

The first satellite in the European Space Agency's new Earth-monitoring Sentinel mission is already sending photos home. The first photos are of land use in Belgium, flooding in Namibia, and glacial retreat and land cover monitoring in Antarctica. » 4/16/14 5:06pm Wednesday 5:06pm

An Astronaut And His Robot Companion Are Photobombed By A Watery Planet

Commander Koichi Wakata poses before a Cupola window aboard the International Space Station. The Canadarm2's Latching End Effector looks on from the other side of the glass. Meanwhile, in the background, Earth hangs almost modestly, all but obscured by the photo's fore- and middleground subjects. » 4/02/14 5:15pm 4/02/14 5:15pm

Imagining the Earth through the eyes of China's Yutu rover

The Yutu rover is now scouring the lunar surface on a three-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of the Bay of Rainbows. The Chinese probe is also set to leave behind a powerful telescope. Here's what Yutu will see when it peers towards Earth — and what the eclipse of April 15th, 2014, might look like. » 12/20/13 7:20am 12/20/13 7:20am

Make your own scientifically-accurate Earth ornaments!

Building on this instructional from Maker Mama, datavisualization expert John Nelson has created a template you can use to craft your very own paper globe ornaments out of satellite imagery from NASA's Visible Earth team (the same imagery used to create this animation of a breathing Earth). » 12/16/13 1:20pm 12/16/13 1:20pm

NASA Captures Unprecedented View of Moon Orbiting Earth

On October 9th, NASA's Juno spacecraft made a close pass of Earth on its way to Jupiter. The flyby, which helped boost Juno's speed by almost 9,000 miles-per-hour, was captured from the spacecraft's perspective by a low-res camera optimized to track faint stars, giving us a never-before-seen view of the moon orbiting… » 12/12/13 3:20pm 12/12/13 3:20pm

Over a dozen celestial objects can be seen in this photo of Saturn

If you look very, very carefully at this majestic photo of Saturn, you can see a number of familiar astronomical bodies and features, including several Saturnian moons, Mars, Venus, and even Earth. You'll find a fully annotated version of the photo below. » 11/12/13 3:40pm 11/12/13 3:40pm

Watch ten years' worth of global weather unfold in just three minutes

When NASA decommissioned the GOES-12 on August 16th, the weather satellite had been locked in geostationary orbit around Earth for a little over 12 years, snapping regular photos of the western hemisphere. Here now are a decade's worth of captured images, compressed into a three-minute stop motion masterpiece. » 9/04/13 7:30am 9/04/13 7:30am

These satellite images could be used to predict the next drought

This is a new kind of satellite image of the Earth, showing nothing but vegetation. It allows us to track just how fecund the planet is — and to spot trouble regions where crop growth may soon be hindered by drought. Soon, images like these could become a crucial part of food security. » 6/25/13 8:20am 6/25/13 8:20am

Is the Earth getting heavier?

Except for the occasional earthquake or volcano eruption, the Earth seems like a fairly stable place. But if you believe that YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG. We are under constant bombardment. From space! And how does all of this cosmic debris affect the earth? In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we'll find out. » 6/13/13 11:00am 6/13/13 11:00am

What are the most beautiful places on Earth, as seen from space?

Commander Chris Hadfield has been tweeting photos from the International Space Station for months now, and many of his images are utterly gorgeous. Like this one, of a Bolivian lake whose shoreline looks like what Hadfield called "dinosaur teeth." What do you think are the most photogenic features of Earth from space? » 3/28/13 5:53pm 3/28/13 5:53pm

Saturn's Moon Enceladus, to Scale

When it comes to space, perspective is everything. We've talked about the importance of scale in the past – about how, when separated by millions of miles of space, many objects in our solar system can seem unrelatably gigantic. It's what makes images like this one so eye-opening. » 3/27/13 8:30am 3/27/13 8:30am