The ‘Blue Marble’ turns white
A half-foot of snow piled on your driveway may seem daunting… until you take a few million steps back. These stunning satellite images from NASA remind us that at the peak of winter, nearly half of the land surface of the Northern hemisphere may be covered in snow—and from the right view, it’s a thing of unrivaled beauty. Consider this 1994 shot of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula the mere tip of the iceberg as you scroll though our gallery of worldwide, winter wonderland photography. Here are 11 surprising facts about snow you’ve never heard before.
A ski bum’s dream
While you were skiing, here’s what the rest of the country looked like. Taken from the Skylab space station in January, 1974, this incredible shot captures the frost-covered Western United States south of the Black Hills, including Colorado Springs, the Black Forest, and South Park. Can you pick out the snow clouds from the snow?