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Loving big

12 February 2019

Since it's Valentine's Day soon, we're all feeling romantic and so we bring you this image of a heart-shaped lake in Argentina – and like all love, it's special.

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Taking Aeolus to the next level

11 February 2019

Since ESA's Aeolus satellite was launched in August, engineers and scientists have been carefully checking the information that this pioneering mission is delivering on the world's winds – and now it's time for the next phase.

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Swarm helps pinpoint new magnetic north for smartphones

08 February 2019

Since it was first measured in 1831, we have known that the magnetic north is constantly on the move. However, its tendency to slowly roam has stepped up a pace recently – so much so that the World Magnetic Model has had to be updated urgently with the pole's new location, vital for navigation on smartphones, for example. ESA's magnetic field Swarm mission has been key for this update.

Flying under Aeolus

08 February 2019

Following the launch of Aeolus on 22 August 2018, scientists have been busy fine-tuning and calibrating this latest Earth Explorer satellite. Aeolus carries a revolutionary instrument, which comprises a powerful laser, a large telescope and a very sensitive receiver.

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More of Africa scarred by fires than thought

04 February 2019

Wildfires can cause devastation and are also to blame for more than a quarter of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Satellites play a key role in mapping landscape scarred by fire – but the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has revealed that there are more fires than previously thought.

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Save the date: Earth Explorer 9 User Consultation Meeting

30 January 2019

The date has been set for the Earth observation science community to come together and discuss the merits of the two satellite concepts competing to be ESA's next Earth Explorer.

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Copernicus Sentinel-1 maps Norway in motion

10 January 2019

Images acquired every six days by the European Union's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites are being used to map ground movement across two billion measurement sites in Norway, revealing shifts as small as one millimetre a year.

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Schoolkids invited to ESA's Living Planet Symposium 2019

18 December 2018

School classes can come on a journey around the planet, by attending the Open Days of ESA's Living Planet Symposium in Milan next May - among the world's largest conferences devoted to satellite Earth observation.

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Slow flow for glaciers thinning in Asia

10 December 2018

Providing water for drinking, irrigation and power, glaciers in the world's highest mountains are a lifeline for more than a billion people. As climate change takes a grip and glaciers lose mass, one might think that, lubricated by more meltwater, they flow more quickly. However, satellite images from over the last 30 years show that it isn't as simple as that.

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Another El Niño on the horizon?

07 December 2018

The jury is still out as to whether climate change will lead to stronger El Niño events, but while representatives from around 200 countries at the COP24 conference are working to breathe life into the 2105 Paris Agreement, there is a 75–80% chance that a fully-fledged event could be with us in the next couple of months.

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