Who needs Google Earth? Planet has released a breathtaking collection of satellite imagery of famous places around the world – but it’s nothing like what you have ever seen before. Unlike the flat or nadir topographic images we all are so familiar with, the pictures released by Planet have been captured at experimental off-angles, adding some amazing vertical depth to the landmass. The credit for these brilliant visuals goes to Planet’s constellation of 13 SkySats. Feast your eyes:
1) Monte Fitz Roy
Up first is a peak adored by the lovers of trekking and climbing, Monte Fitz Roy. The mountain on the border of Argentina and Chile looks like something from the window of an airplane when seen at this angle.
2) Doha, Qatar
The artificial island of the Pearl-Qatar in Doha, Qatar spans nearly 4 million square meters. The string of luxury residences and hotels is thronged by Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas.
3) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Here, the SkySats capture Riyadh’s skyscrapers juxtaposed starkly with lower-density sprawlish development. Thanks to the bone-dry air of the place, the view from space is super-sharp!
4) Shanghai, China
Located east of the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s Pudong district is a straggling yet sparsely populated area. The picture below shows what was once China’s tallest structure – Oriental Pearl Tower – dwarfed by the nearby Shanghai Tower.
5) Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town locals are pretty fond of this iconic flat-topped mountain that looms over their city. A significant tourist attraction for travelers across the world, the mountain is home to a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna.
6) Zion National Park, United States
Nestled in southwest Utah, Zion National Park is loved by hikers and bikers for its massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive cuts through its main section, leading to forest trails along the Virgin River.
7) Klyuchevskaya Volcano, Russia
Being one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, the snowy slopes of Klyuchevskaya Volcano are almost always coated with dark ash. Its dramatic eruptions often force flights over the Kamchatka Peninsula to be re-routed.
To see more such magnificent off-angle satellite images by Planet, you can visit their blog.