Earth’s Wonders Photographed From a Satellite Look Like a Sim City Game

Doha, Qatar. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Rarely satellite photos look interesting; they usually are shot straight down at the Earth which makes all shots to resemble detailed maps. There’s an interesting technique of satellite photography though that makes the resulting shots look like aerial telephotos made from hundreds of kilometers: you just need to shoot off-angle.

One of the engineers at world’s largest commercial satellite network for Earth observation data and services – Planet Labs, did exactly this, and because the company’s constellation of 13 SkySat satellites covers the surface of the whole planet from stratosphere, the photos captured some of the world’s most stunning vertical features.

You can see some stunning views of cities and nature’s wonders from all around the globe shot using this technique:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Shanghai, China. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Salto Angel, Venezuela. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Doha, Qatar. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Bilbao, Spain. ©2018 Planet Labs, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0