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Nighttime Lights Imagery

This grey-scale image is created from Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) data. Sources of illumination used to create this nighttime image include both natural (e.g., the Moon, auroras, etc.) and human-created (e.g., ships, oil wells, cities, etc.) sources of light emissions.

VIIRS on Suomi-NPP

VIIRS is one of five instruments aboard the joint National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite. Suomi-NPP launched in October 2011.


NASA's data policy ensures that all NASA data are available fully, openly, and without restrictions. Here's what this means to you.

Saildrone Baja Field Campaign Data Available at PO.DAAC

Data collected by the autonomous Saildrone unmanned surface vehicle (USV) during its 60-day cruise along the California coast and Baja Peninsula are now available at PO.DAAC.

Fires in South Sudan

Image captured on 13 January 2019, by the VIIRS instrument, on board the joint NASA/NOAA Suomi-NPP satellite.

New West Africa Coastal Zone Data Collection at SEDAC

The 16 datasets in the West Africa Coastal Vulnerability Mapping collection provide a wealth of information about the stresses affecting this important region.

Leaving dry lands behind

Census and climate data uncover internal migration patterns in North Latin America and the Caribbean.

User Profile: David Mocko

Who uses NASA Earth science data? David Mocko, for using land-surface models to study drought.

NASA EOSDIS 2018 Data User Profile Yearbook Released!

And the Global Finalists Are . . .

Out of more than 1,350 submitted apps, the 25 nominees for Global Awards in the 2018 NASA Space Apps Challenge have been announced.

The EOSDIS Quarterly Update- Fall 2018 Newsletter is now online!

Find EOSDIS data set and data tool news, top stories, featured data images, webinars, data recipes, and data user profiles.

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