Earth at Night : The Black Marble
12.05.12 - Scientists unveiled today an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before. [NASA feature] | [Earth Observatory feature]
NPP Observations of Hurricane Sandy
11.02.2012 - Blackout in New Jersey and New York
10.31.2012 - Sandy Remnants Move Inland
10.29.2012 - Overnight View of Hurricane Sandy
10.29.2012 - Sandy after Landfall
10.28.2012 - Overnight View of Hurricane Sandy
10.28.2012 - The Length of Hurricane Sandy
Whats in a name: Why Suomi-NPP?
NASA renamed NPP in honor of the late Verner E. Suomi, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin who is recognized widely as "the father of satellite meteorology." [go to feature]
Night-time View of Aurora
10.08.2012 - Overnight on October 4-5, 2012, a mass of energetic particles from the atmosphere of the Sun were flung out into space, a phenomenon known as a coronal mass ejection. Three days later, the storm from the Sun stirred up the magnetic field around Earth and produced gorgeous displays of northern lights. NASA satellites track such storms from their origin to their crossing of interplanetary space to their arrival in the atmosphere of Earth.
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The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership collects and distributes remotely-sensed land, ocean, and atmospheric data to the meteorological and global climate change communities as the responsibility for these measurements transitions from existing Earth-observing missions such as Aqua, Terra and Aura, to the NPOESS. It will provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, and cloud and aerosol properties. [read more]