International Space Station

A collage of satellite images showing various agricultural patterns.

Types of Agricultural Patterns Visible from Space

Elizabeth Borneman

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are helping to document irrigation practices around the world and determine their effectiveness.

A time-lapse photograph shows the ISS in six frames as it traverses the sun. Photo: Joel Kowsky, NASA, public domain.

Time-lapse Photo of the International Space Station Passing in Front of the Sun

Caitlin Dempsey

NASA photographer Joel Kowsky was able to capture this time-lapse photograph of the International Space Station (ISS) as it passed between the Earth and the Sun.

Red Sprites and Blue Jets: Electrical Storms in the Upper Atmosphere

Caitlin Dempsey

Known as red sprites and blue jets, these electrical storms shoot lightening up into space towards the outer edges of Earth's atmosphere instead of towards the surface of the Earth.

Spot the International Space Station Using this Map

Elizabeth Borneman

Even if you can’t reliably see the night sky, you can track the movement of the International Space Station with NASA’s Spot the Station interactive map.

This second red sprite was captured over the coast of El Salvador almost three minutes later. Image: NASA, August 2015.

What are Sprites?

Elizabeth Borneman

Although not much is known about sprites or the factors that create them, scientists do know that sprites are created by neutrally charged cloud discharges.

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