MODIS Satellite Gallery

UPDATE 1/16/2011 – Gallery updated to include almost all of the images posted by NASA through the end of 2011.

The MODIS Satellite Gallery collection from the MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC contains about 3,300 satellite images obtained from NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites overlaid onto Google Earth. These satellites capture natural [...]


Flooding in Queensland

Here is a satellite image acquired January 7, 2011, showing the flooding at Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. The flooding from the Fitzroy River can be seen throughout the city and adjacent countryside. You can barely make out one of the runways at the airport as the rest of the airport is shown underwater.


Global Forest Height Map

These maps show forest canopy heights throughout the Earth and the United States. The data was obtained from NASA’s ICESat, Terra, and Aqua satellites and processed by Michael Lefsky. The shades of green show the height of the forest canopy from 0 to 230 feet. For any patch of forest, the height shown [...]


OnEarth WMS

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology has numerous global overlays available that can be viewed with Google Earth. These overlays are on WMS servers, which can be a little tricky to set up in Google Earth, so I have done the hard part and all you have to do [...]



The MODIS sensor on the Aqua and Terra satellites capture amazingly detailed natural color imagery every day from all over the Earth. The imagery is detailed enough that you can easily see cloud formations, snow coverage, smoke from large fires, etc, for the entire US. And the best part is the imagery from these [...]


3Dsolar Addons

3D Solar is a great collection of several useful sets of data created by 3D Solar. The layers include:

Rapid Response System consists of near real time imagery captured by NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. New satellite images are released daily and they typically show something of interest, such as tropical storms, wildfires, volcanic [...]


World Fires in Real Time from FIRMS

This collection of placemarks shows near real time locations of active fires as identified by NASA’s MODIS satellite and the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) . The data covers the entire globe and is updated every 2 hours. Several other subsets of the data in KML format are available from the FIRMS [...]


Historical Natural Hazards Database

Global database created by the National Geophysical Data Center which shows the locations of historic natural hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. The database includes socioeconomic information (i.e. number of fatalities, injuries, and damage information) and scientific data (i.e. earthquake magnitudes, tsunami intensity) for hazard events dating back to before 2000 BC. The [...]

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