NASA and Japan make ASTER imagery available for free

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is one of the instruments on NASA's Terra satellite. Although it is a NASA satellite, the instrument belongs to Japan’s … [Read more...]

NASA damage maps

We recently came across this interesting story about damage maps that NASA created after the Nepal earthquakes last year. We dug a little deeper and found this story on the NASA website, which … [Read more...]

NASA Near Earth Observations in Google Earth

We recently came across an interesting set of animations on YouTube. They are: Monthly Water Vapor (Aqua/MODIS) 2002-2013 Monthly Albedo 2000-2013 Monthly Solar Insolation 2006-2013 Monthly … [Read more...]

Latest Pluto map in Google Earth

Earlier this month, we had a look at a map of Pluto that NASA produced and made available in KML format for viewing Google Earth. That was before the New Horizons spacecraft had reached Pluto and the … [Read more...]

Google Earth’s ‘background’ imagery

As we have discussed before Google Earth shows different imagery depending on the zoom level and whether or not you are in 'historical imagery' mode. We have also talked about how the ocean bathymetry … [Read more...]

Average Cloud Cover Map and Map Projections

We recently came across this article about a recently released map of average cloud cover for the last 13 years produced by NASA. The map is provided in the form of an image and a high resolution … [Read more...]

Surface deformation from the Nepal Quake

We recently came across this article about a map from NASA that shows the deformation caused by the recent earthquake that struck Nepal. The above map can be downloaded and viewed in Google Earth … [Read more...]

Amazing extratropical cyclone over the United Kingdom

The NASA Earth Observatory site is constantly releasing amazing images from space, including items such as this awesome image of Mount Everest, lava flow shapes, Laguna Verde, and many others. Their … [Read more...]

Awesome Google Earth image of Mount Everest from NASA

We've talked about Mount Everest quite a few times on Google Earth Blog.  Natural formations such as mountains and volcanoes tend to look stunning in Google Earth, and Everest is no exception.  In the … [Read more...]

Lava flow shapes in Google Earth

Because of the way Google Earth work, volcanoes are almost always amazing to view inside of it.  3D terrain combined with high-resolution imagery makes for some stunning views, as we explained a while … [Read more...]