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January 10, 2020

Image of the Week - An Aleutian Eruption, Day & Night

The Shishaldin Volcano on the eastern edge of Alaska's Aleutian Island chain erupted with activity in January of 2020. The eruption on the island of Unimak sent an ash cloud nearly 5 miles into the sky on January 7th, sparking ash alerts for aviators, mariners, and residents of nearby communities. Landsat 8 captured both day and night imagery of the event as it happened.

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January 8, 2020

Image of the Week - Antarctica's Summer Solstice

It's winter in the northern hemisphere, but in Antarctica, summer has just begun. At Zucchelli Station the summer solstice occurred on December 22nd, 2019 at 5:19pm local time. The high temperature that day was a balmy 34 degrees Fahrenheit. These images from Landsat 8 show the distinct difference in sun angles cause by the change in seasons. The September image is from

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A satellite image that shows the eruption during the day and the night.
January 7, 2020

An Aleutian Eruption, Day and Night

The Shishaldin Volcano on the eastern edge of Alaska's Aleutian Island chain erupted with activity in January of 2020.

Comparison image for the Antarctica Summer Soltice.
December 13, 2019

Antarctica's Summer Solstice

It's winter in the northern hemisphere, but in Antarctica, summer has just begun. At Zucchelli Station the summer solstice occurred on December 22nd, 2019 at 5:19pm local time.

November 18, 2019

Image of the Week - Fires in Lebanon

Wildfires burned across Lebanon in mid-October, 2019. A pair of images taken just ten days apart by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A satellite show the burn scar from one of the larger wildfires. North of the fire scar is the country's capital, Beirut. The October 18th image reveals several bright spots on the city's streets from numerous fires of a different type.

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October 28, 2019

Image of the Week - Massive Berg Adrift in Antarctica

In September of 2019, a 315 ton iceberg known as D28 broke free from the Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The berg has a surface area of more than 600 square miles, roughly comparable to the size of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It's the largest iceberg to calve from
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Satellite image showing fire scares in Lebanon
October 18, 2019

Fires in Lebanon

Wildfires burned across Lebanon in mid-October 2019. A pair of images taken just 10 days apart by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2A satellite show the burn scar from one of the larger wildfires.

Star Dunes,
September 27, 2019

Landsat image of Star dunes, Sossusvlei, Namibia. 

Star dunes, colored red by iron oxide sand, are seen in this Landsat scene from Sossusvlei in Namibia. 

Earth as Art, Garden City, Kansas
September 27, 2019

Earth as Art, Garden City, Kansas

Landsat 7 Earth as Art image. Center pivot irrigation systems created these circular patterns in crop land near Garden City, Kansas. The red circles indicate irrigated crops of healthy vegetation. The light-colored circles represent harvested crops.

September 16, 2019

Image of the Week - Unplanted Acres in South Dakota

Abnormally high spring rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Midwest had a season-long impact on cropland production. In these Landsat images of South Dakota growing vegetation is shown as green and unplanted areas appear pink. The difference between 2018 and 2019 is striking.

A designation of "prevented planting" is given to unplanted acres as a signal to crop

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August 1, 2019

Image of the Week - A Tear in the Mojave

Satellite imagery shows the rupture and shifting of land near Ridgecrest, CA from the July 2019 earthquakes.
 

Satellite image showing all the cropland not planted due to wet weather in 2019.
July 29, 2019

South Dakota's Unplanted Acres of 2019

Abnormally high spring rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Midwest in 2019 had a season-long impact on cropland production.