Close-up of the surface of Mars, in a beige hue. One large dark spot to the right in the image, Olympus Mons, and 3 other spots to its right, which are its sister volcanoes.

Olympus Mons volcano on Mars, from UAE’s Hope

United Arab Emirates’ Hope spacecraft has begun producing images of Mars’s surface, including a view of Olympus Mons, highest volcano in the solar system.

10 years after Japan’s big tsunami

See before and after satellite images of one coastal city from the March 11, 2011, Japanese tsunami. How it looked before, and how it looks today.

China’s largest dust storm in a decade hits Beijing

A satellite image shows an enormous plume of sand and dust that blanketed northern China on March 15, 2021.

Torrential rains drench Hawaii

A strong tropical depression picking up moisture from the warm ocean caused widespread flooding in the Hawaiian islands.

Animated photo of cloud developing as edge of day moves past the mountain.

A Martian cloud reveals its secrets

Clever camerawork allowed scientists to view an elusive cloud that streams away from Mars’ volcano Arsia Mons and determine how it’s formed.

Red dot on black background near cluster of stars.

Photographs of historic Mars and Pleiades conjunction

On March 3, 2021, the red planet Mars and Pleiades star cluster in Taurus will appear close together on the sky’s dome. The two won’t get this close again until 2038! See photos of the big event.

What are cloud streets?

Cloud streets are a manifestation of Earth’s atmosphere in motion. They’re normally seen by satellites looking down on Earth, but sometimes they can be seen from the ground as well. See cool images here!

Rocky surface with debris scattered, inset with plume of smoke.

Perseverance saw its own descent stage crash

The Mars rover images a plume of debris from the impact of the descent stage that helped the spacecraft land safely on the red planet.

Crisp white-edge orb with mottling on surface, scattered thin white lines.

Parker Solar Probe captures a glimpse of Venus

The Parker Solar Probe turned its camera on Venus as the spacecraft flew by during a gravity assist.

Penguin with yellow face and chest, cream body.

Photographer snags shot of yellow penguin

Yves Adams took this photo of a rare yellow penguin on South Georgia Island in December 2019. It went viral this month. “It seems we are in desperate need for some mellow yellow news!” Adams said.