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Copernicus Sentinel-1 reveals shared plumbing led to Agung awakening

22 February 2019

When Mount Agung in Indonesia erupted in 2017, the search was on to find out why it had stirred. Thanks to information on ground deformation from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, scientists now have more insight into the volcano's hidden secrets that caused it to reawaken.

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Catching the world in a box

15 February 2019

The rapid evolution of Egypt's Nile Delta over the last four years, as viewed from ESA's Proba-V microsatellite. Think of it as a small token of our love for planet Earth: just a cubic metre in size, Proba-V maps land cover and vegetation growth across the entire world every two days.

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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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