Colorized satellite image of milky sea off Java
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space
Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.
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Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space
Milky Seas Can Be Spotted from Space

Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.

Analysis of data from a new satellite sensor helps researchers detect large patches of bioluminescence in the oceans faster than ever before.

ABOVE: Steven D Miller

satellites

Farming Associated with Long-Term Decline in Marmot Populations
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2020
Images from a Cold War spy satellite help researchers piece together the effects of land-use decisions in Kazakhstan.
Mars, astronomy, space, extraterrestrial life, extremophile, liquid water, south pole, radio waves, radar, satellite
Discovery of More Ponds on Mars Hints at Possibility of Life
Amanda Heidt | Sep 29, 2020
The three smaller water bodies join a previously discovered lake buried beneath ice at the red planet’s south pole.
Emperor Penguin, Antarctica, British Antarctic Survey, guano, climate change, ecology, conservation, sea ice, satellite, remote sensing, Sentinel-2
New Study Bumps Global Emperor Penguin Numbers by 10 Percent
Amanda Heidt | Aug 5, 2020
Satellite images of penguin poop reveal eight entirely new colonies and confirm the existence of another three first reported in the 1960s.
Image of the Day: Albatross Sentinels
Amy Schleunes | Jan 29, 2020
Through their attraction to fishing vessels and their ability to fly great distances, the seabirds help uncover the presence of illegal fisheries.
Antarctic Emperor Penguin Colony Faces Collapse
Jef Akst | Apr 25, 2019
After three years with very few new chicks, the birds are abandoning one of the biggest breeding sites on the continent, satellite images show.
Image of the Day: Wet Planet
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 28, 2019
An analysis of the scars left by long-gone flows reveals that Mars’s rivers may have run even when scientists thought the planet was drying out.
Definitive Evidence for Water Ice on the Moon: Study
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2018
Data from the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft show frost on the lunar north and south poles.
Report Confirms Widespread Great Barrier Reef Bleaching
Jef Akst | Apr 11, 2017
Aerial survey results reveal severe coral bleaching across much of the massive reef system.
Image of the Day: Eye in the Sky
The Scientist Staff | Jan 30, 2017
Scientists use remote sensing data from satellites to map biodiversity in the Amazon and Peruvian Andes forests.
Outbreak Observatory
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 1, 2015
Increasingly precise remote-sensing data are helping researchers monitor and predict cases of infectious disease.
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Dec 1, 2013
Tigers Forever, High Moon Over the Amazon, Earth from Space, and Medicine's Michelangelo
Tracking Sewage Spilled by Sandy
Jef Akst | Nov 15, 2012
Researchers at the University of Delaware use satellites to predict the course of raw sewage through the western Atlantic.
Some Like It Cold
Sabrina Richards | Aug 1, 2012
A hint of green leads researchers to an ocean phenomenon that could counteract the effect of climate change on some corals.
Beijing Olympics a Model for Cleaner Air
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 27, 2012
Restrictions on motor vehicles before the 2008 Games improved the city’s air quality, suggesting similar sustained measures could greatly reduce global emissions.
The Satellite Shortage
Cristina Luiggi | May 4, 2012
Aging satellites and NASA funding cuts threaten to put a serious dent in scientists’ ability to observe Earth’s processes from above.
Spotted: Emperor Penguins
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 17, 2012
Satellites are used to count the number of penguins living in Antarctica.
Satellites Spy on Fish Farms
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 8, 2012
Scientists use Google Earth to fact check official reports of fish farming in the Mediterranean.
The View From Above
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2012
Satellite imagery is giving biologists a whole new perspective on the phenomena they study.
Casting a Wide Eye
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2012
Scientists study a variety of large-scale biological phenomena from the vantage point of space.