Image of the Day: August 2012

Hot Rocks

Jeff Berkes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012: Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes caught this Perseid meteor over the Kilauea Volcano, on Hawaii's Big Island in 2010. [See more of Berkes' Amazing Night Sky Photos]

— Tom Chao



Thursday, August 30, 2012: A satellite image of Tropical Storm Isaac shows the massive scope of the storm, with arms extending from Texas in the west to the Carolinas in the east. NASA’s GOES-13 satellite obtained the image on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at 10:25 a.m. EDT.

— Tom Chao

Try to Set the Night on Fire

NASA/Ben Smegelsky and Gary Thompson

Friday, August 31, 2012: NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, launched at 4:05 a.m. EDT on August 30, 2012, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Also in this photo, spotlights illuminate the clouds over Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. RBSP will explore changes in Earth's space environment caused by the sun, called "space weather."

— Tom Chao

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