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Fiery Indochina Gears Up for Next Planting Season

The start of planting season in Indochina first starts with cleaning out the old before the new is planted. That includes setting fires to clear fields as evidenced in this satellite image.

NASA Satellite Sees Fires in Southeastern U.S.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) is not reporting many wildfires in the Southeast despite the number of hotspots that were detected by the Aqua satellite.

Fires in Central and Southern India

Agricultural fires cross the whole of India in this image captured on March 2, 2018.

An Intersection of Land, Ice, Sea and Clouds

As sea ice at far northern latitudes approached its annual maximum extent, the Terra satellite captured this image of sea ice and clouds off of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province.

Icy Lake Erie

The unusually cold winter in the Upper Midwest has led to a notable buildup of ice on the Great Lakes.

Agricultural Fires in Colombia and Venezuela

The VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image which detected hundreds of fires burning in Colombia and Venezuela.

Winter Snowscapes in Russia

In the Caucasus Mountains, cold, dry air from Asia intersects with humid air from the Mediterranean, making precipitation amounts uneven across the range.

Most Likely Agricultural Fires Spotted in India and Pakistan

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of hundreds of fires burning all over India and Pakistan.

Myanmar Sees Agricultural Fires Light Up the Country

The agricultural fire season that takes place in Southeast Asia in fall-winter is seen across a large portion of Myanmar.

Agricultural Fires in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image of agricultural fires in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Wildfires In Argentina Captured by Aqua Satellite

On January 31, 2018, NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of wildfires that are plaguing the La Pampa Province in Argentina.

Celebrating 60 Years of Groundbreaking U.S. Space Science

Sixty years ago, the U.S. launched Explorer 1, rocketing into the Space Age.

A Dust Bath for Cape Verde

Winter is a dusty season off the coast of North Africa

NASA Spots Smoke from Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge Prescribed Fire

NASA’s Aqua satellite spotted smoke from a prescribed burn at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Australian Fires in Pilliga National Park, New South Wales

Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews in New South Wales, Australia are working hard to contain a bush fire in the Pilliga National Park. The blaze began on January 17, 2018 and is still burning.

NASA Covers Wildfires from Many Sources

NASA’s satellite instruments are often the first to detect wildfires burning in remote regions, and the locations of new fires are sent directly to land managers worldwide within hours of the satellite overpass.

Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

Sixty years ago, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

Signs of Ships in the Clouds

Ships churning through the Atlantic Ocean produced this patchwork of bright, criss-crossing cloud trails off the coast of Portugal and Spain.

Farming Creates Fire Line Across Central Africa

NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image which detected thousands of fires burning in Central Africa on January 15, 2018.

Urban Patterns in Snow and Light

When a snowstorm hits a metropolitan area, the blanket of white appears to blanket the concrete, steel, and glass of human presence. But from space, these manmade “heat islands” are clearly visible.

Plumes Over the Kamchatka Peninsula

Sitting along the northwest rim of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Kamchatka is one of the most volcanically active parcels of land in the world.

Ice on Lake Erie

On January 6, 2018, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired images of North America’s Great Lakes.

Cloud Streets Over the Yellow Sea

On November 18, 2017, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this natural-color image of cloud streets over the Yellow Sea.

A Chilly End to 2017 for the Northeast

As 2017 drew toward a close, Arctic air spilled into the eastern United States and Canada for several days.

Agricultural Fires in Africa Stretch the Whole of the Continent

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite collected this image which detected hundreds upon hundreds of fires burning in Central Africa. Most likely these fires are agricultural in nature.
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