Earth Day is a very special day indeed. I just love the positivity surrounding this day long event. People raising awareness about different issues. Inspiring people to make a change for the better. Reminding us how grateful we are to have such a diverse environment. Sharing message of love for this unique place we call Home should be every day job! Wouldn’t you agree? To improve our way of life, and save our dear planet from pollution we need to take a different perspective. Take a look at a bigger picture! No one does it better than NASA my friends. When it comes to perspective they are undisputed champions. Just a few glances at these photographs will make you think of how small and insignificant you are.
This image from the International Space Station is my winner for this Earth Day. Also, one of most amazing pictures of Earth I have ever seen. This dreamlike observation composite image captures morning sunglint and low clouds over the central Pacific Ocean. It was put together at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. This series of photographs was taken by Expedition 47 Commander Jeff Williams on March 25, 2016.
This otherworldly landscape is actually here on Earth. Composite image of the Mount Brandberg Nature Reserve in Namibia, Africa.
During an ISS flyover of Australia, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams captured this abstract looking landscape. It was named on twitter “The unique terrain of the northwestern Australian coast.”
Another striking photograph of South Africa. Interesting fact: The EarthKAM program allows students to request photographs of specific Earth features. These are taken by a special camera mounted on the space station when it passes over those features.
Complex distribution of phytoplankton in one of Earth’s eastern boundary upwelling systems. The California Current in all of its colorful glory. This composite image was taken via Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on NASA/NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image. These are cloud streets and sea ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. Cloud streets are long parallel bands of cumulus clouds that form when cold air blows over warmer waters and a warmer air layer rests over the top of both.
NASA’s Earth Observatory has tracked down images resembling all 26 letters of the English alphabet. In this image, the letter ‘Y’ is for yardangs, elongated landforms sculpted by erosion and similar to sand dunes.
Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite was used to acquire this magnificent view. This phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic is perfect representation of Earths diversity.
This image of the northwest corner of Australia was snapped by a student. Student took this jaw dropping Earth day picture remotely controlling the Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this photograph on Nov. 11, 2015. This piece of art of nature is poetically called: “The delicate fingerprints of water imprinted on the sand.”
Intriguing cloud patterns over the Prince Edward Islands in the South Indian Ocean.
Damaging heavy rains fell on South Carolina in the southeastern United States at the beginning of October 2015. Much of that water had, by mid-October, flowed into the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it heavy loads of sediment, nutrients, and dissolved organic material. The above VIIRS image shows the runoff as it interacts with ocean currents.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly shared a series of seventeen photographs taken from the International Space Station during a flyover of Australia. This first photo of the series was shared on Twitter with the caption, “#EarthArt. And what a photo it is. Colors, patterns and shapes are true art worthy of Earth Day.
NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this breathtaking scene of Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 2, 2015, from the International Space Station.
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photograph of small island cays in the Bahamas and the prominent tidal channels cutting between them. For astronauts, this is one of the most recognizable points on the planet.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this image of Adele Island. This Island is only 2.9 km (2 mi) long, but the entire tidal zone with all the concentric zones is 24.5 km (15.2 mi) long, surrounded by extensive sandbanks in the tidally exposed area. Pastel tones and shapes make a nice, almost abstract depiction of nature presented.
This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission during orbit no. 19, on June 4, 1965. Cloud shadows on the ocean surface give the image additional depth.
The crew of Expedition 43 on board the International Space Station took this Earth observation image of Australia. What makes this picture so marvelous are the shades of blue colliding with rugged dark cliffs along the water edge. Such a nice contrast.
From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured this image of sunglint. Sunglint is a phenomenon that occurs when sunlight reflects off the surface of the ocean at the same angle that a satellite or other sensor is viewing the surface. This effect helped create this beautiful piece of art.
Earth Day – Celebrating Life!
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft’s vantage point in orbit around the moon. Well this is something you don’t see every day. If you think this is unreal you should definitely feast your eyes on the entire Earth Day series here.
Visual content acquired at NASA.