The image above may look like the illustration for a vintage science fiction movie, an astronaut transfixed by an alien sun on a desolate planet. But no, it’s just another day on Earth. Frankly, it sometimes feels like we don’t deserve this world and its myriad wonders.
You only need a handful of ingredients to make a cloud. Water, and maybe a few tiny particles of salt, dust or soot tossed together in the atmosphere is all it takes. And yet that simple concoction results in dozens of cloud types, including some that feel not of this world.
That bomb cyclone you’ve surely read about has officially gone off. And the images rolling in are something else.
I’m not saying we’d be blind to the beauty of our planet without NASA, but damn would we be missing out. Every year, the space agency’s satellites, planes, climate models, and astronauts produce some of the most jaw-dropping images of Earth. This year was no exception.
Seeing cool phenomena from Earth is rad. Seeing them from space is a million times radder.
When a trillion ton iceberg snapped off the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf in July, the entire world spent a few days geeking out over stunning satellite imagery of Earth’s frozen continent. But those who’ve stuck with the Delaware-sized iceberg, now called A68, on its slow journey into the Weddell Sea, know…