The city of Boca do Acre is a beautiful place to live, almost completely covered by the Amazon Rainforest—for now. Because you shouldn't be fooled by the pretty colors in this image: it actually reveals the rapid rate of deforestation in the area.
From its launch in 2009, the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory was a busy little satellite. Over its lifetime it made over 37, 000 scientific observations—and this video shows them all, condensed into less than one minute.
Do not adjust your monitor: Mars hasn't really been given a rainbow paint job. In fact, this image is a color-coded topography showing the heights and depths of the planet's Ismeniae Fossae region.
You're looking at a satellite image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran. If you think it looks a bit weird, that' because it is: it's widely regarded as the hottest place on Earth.
Haiyan was probably the strongest recorded typhoon to ever make landfall
It's what the New York Times calls "the latest in a parade of spacecraft falling from the sky": the imminent crash of the European Space Agency's Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer satellite (or GOCE).
You're looking at the Upsala Glacier on the Argentine side of the North Patagonian Icefield—or at least, some of it. Because this photo shows that the glacier is rapidly retreating as a result of climate change.
Don't be fooled by the bright, jovial colors of this satellite images, because it's hiding a darker truth: the world is being wrenched apart at its seams.