Earth Day, every day


How do a bunch of Earth scientists celebrate Earth Day? The researchers and other staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) located at the University of Wisconsin–Madison arguably celebrate Earth Day every day by constantly advancing our knowledge of global weather patterns, climate, spaceflight engineering, and the tools to keep track of massive amounts of data, among other projects. In honor of Earth Day itself, they’ve shared some of their favorite images of this planet we all call home. This piece comes to us from Eric Verbeten, a communications specialist at SSEC, and was originally posted – with even more images – on the SSEC website.

To celebrate Earth Day, we asked staff at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) to share their favorite images of Earth as seen from space and terrestrially. Selections range from the most historic images captured in the late 1960s, to the most recent snapshots from this year. Here are our top choices: