Satellite Image of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

satellite image great barrier reefWorldview-2 (0.5m) Satellite Image of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Click image to view in high resolution.

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space in the above satellite image from the Worldview-2 satellite and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching, and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. According to a study published in October 2012 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the reef has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985. Read more on the Great Barrier Reef.

To view a 360 degree panoramic view.

great barrier reefImage credit: Qualia

Satellite Image of the Himalayan Range Tibet

satellite image himalya rangePleiades-1A (0.5m) Satellite Image of the Himalayan Range, Tibet, China

Click image to view in high resolution.

Copyright © ASTRIUM and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

Himalayan range in Tibet is home to some of the planet’s highest peaks, including the highest, Mount Everest. The Himalayans include over a hundred mountains exceeding 7,200 metres (23,600 ft) in height. The Himalayas have profoundly shaped the cultures of South Asia. Many Himalayan peaks are sacred in both Hinduism and Buddhism.

Besides the Greater Himalayas of these high peaks there are parallel lower ranges. The first foothills, reaching about a thousand meters along the northern edge of the plains, are called the Sivalik Hills or Sub-Himalayan Range. Further north is a higher range reaching two to three thousand meters known as the Lower Himalayan or Mahabharat Range.

The Himalayans abut or cross five countries: Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, and Pakistan and bordered on the northwest by the Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges, on the north by the Tibetan Plateau, and on the south by the Indo-Gangetic Plain.
Three of the world’s major rivers, the Indus, the Ganges, and the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra all rise near Mount Kailash to cross and encircle the Himalayas. Their combined drainage basin is home to some 600 million people. Read more on the Himalayas.

View a 360 degree panoramic view

himalayas

EverestMosaicImage Mosaic of the Himalayas.

Click image to view.

Satellite Image of Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro

satellite image copocabana beachGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro

Click image to view in high resolution.

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy Satellite Imaging Corporation

This half-meter resolution satellite image shows a portion of the world-famous, four-kilometer-long Copacabana Beach, named after the Copacabana borough in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio is the second largest city in Brazil. According to news sources, Copacabana borough has 63 hotels and 10 hostels and will be one of the four Olympic Zones during the 2016 Summer Olympics. The image was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Jan. 28, 2011 while flying 423 miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph.

Rio De Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries, from 1763 to 1815 during the Portuguese colonial era, 1815 to 1821 as the capital of the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves, and 1822 to 1960 as an independent nation. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or “Marvelous City”.

Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer (“Cristo Redentor”) atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car; the Sambodromo, a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracana Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums. Read more about Rio De Janeiro.

View a 360 degree panoramic view.

 View from Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio_de_Janeiro_Panoramic_from_Pão_de_Açúcar_crop

Satellite Image of Rome Italy

satellite image rome italyGeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Rome Italy

Click image to view in high resolution

(Image Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.)

Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its founding in 753 BC, with the union of rural villages. It was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which was the dominant power in Western Europe and the lands bordering the Mediterranean for over seven hundred years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD and the city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization. Read more about Rome..

To view a 360 degree panoramic view.

 Colosseum

Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was completed in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian’s death. The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, built of concrete and stone. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. Read more about the Colosseum…

Colosseum_interior_panorama_sm

Click on image to view in high resolution.

To view the Colosseum in a 360 degree panoramic view, visit here.

Altare della Patria

The Victor Emmanuel II monument – The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or “Il Vittoriano” is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. Read more on the Altare della Patria….

altare dell patria smClick on image to view in high resolution.

Pantheon

The Pantheon an adjective meaning “(temple consecrated) to all gods” commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs” but informally known as “Santa Maria della Rotonda. Read more about the Pantheon…

Pantheon_panorama,_Rome smClick on image to view in high resolution.

Most Popular Satellite Images of 2012

Most popular satellite image for 2012 by Visions of Earth. These satellite images were viewed most popular (top to bottom) and we thank everyone for viewing. Enjoy :-)

IKONOS (1M) Satellite Image of the Great Blue Hole, Belize

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.)

Satellite Image Great Blue Hole Belize

GeoEye-1 Satellite Image (0.5 m) – Mt. Everest – Himalayas in Nepal, China/Tibet

To view post and satellite image in full resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite image mt everest

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image  of Grand Canyon National Park Skywalk in Arizona

To view post and satellite image in full resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

satellite image grand canyon national park

WorldView-2 Satellite Image (0.5m) –  Construction of Palm Jumeirah - Palm Islands, Dubai, UAE

To view post and satellite image in high resolution, click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite image palm jumeirah island dubai

GeoEye-1 Satellite Image (0.5 m) – Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE – World’s Tallest Building

To view post and satellite image in full resolution click on image.

(Image Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite image Burj Khalifa Dubai, U.A.E. world's tallest building

WorldView-2 Satellite Image (0.5m) – “The Pearl” Doha, Qatar

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of  Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite image The Pearl, Doha, Qatar

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of ‘The Burning Man” – Black Rock Desert, Northern Nevada

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

satellite image burning man

 

WorldView-2 Satellite Image (0.5m) – Burj Al Arab Hotel – Dubai, UAE

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of  Satellite Imaging Corporation)

Dubai, UAE

WorldView-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Disaster, Giglio, Italy

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite image Costa Concordia, cruise ship disaster

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of 2012 Olympic Stadium, London

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All Rights Reserved)

satellite image olympic stadium

Landsat Satellite Image (15 m) – Antarctica

To view post and satellite image in full resolution click on image.

(Image Credit © NASA and Courtesy of  Satellite Imaging Corporation)

satellite-image-antarctica

QuickBird (0.6m) Satellite Image  – Giza Pyramids, Egypt

To view post and satellite image in high resolution click on image.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of  Satellite Imaging Corporation)

quickbird-pyramids-egypt

Satellite Images of the Seven Wonders of the World – New7Wonders

In 2001 an initiative was started by the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation to choose the Seven Wonders of the World (New7Wonders) from a selection of 200 existing monuments. Twenty-one finalists were announced January 1, 2006.  The following images are made possible by cutting edge satellite imaging technology.

Petra – Jordan

satellite image petra jordan

IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Petra, Jordan

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

petra jordan

Petra, Jordan meaning “Rock” in Greek is an archaeological site in Jordan, lying in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is famous for having many stone structures carved into the rock. The long-hidden site was revealed to the Western world by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule.  © GeoEye and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Machu, Picchu – Peru

satellite image machu picchu

IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Machu Picchu, Peru

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

machu picchu peru

One of the most famous Incan cities in the world, sun alignments are found throughout Machu Picchu. Many features, including the Sacred Plaza, The Temple of Three Windows and The Intihuatana platform, align with the summer solstice azimuth of 65-245 degrees. Scientists believe these alignments were primary considerations in the construction of the shrines. A shaft of light, shining through an east-facing window, reportedly illuminates The Torreon, or Temple of the Sun, during the summer solstice. The city was built between 1460 and 1470 AD at an altitude of 8,000 feet.  © GeoEye and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Christ the Redeemer – Brazil

satellite image christ the redeemer brazil

QuickBird (0.6m) Satellite Image of Christ the Redeemer

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

christ the redeemer brazil

Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue stands 38 m (105 feet) tall, weighs 700 tons and is located at the peak of the 700-m (2296-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park at WGS84 Latitude: 22°57’5″S and Longitude: 43°12’39″W, overlooking the city. As well as being a potent symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Great Wall of China

satellite image great wall china

ASTER (15m) Satellite Image of The Great Wall of China

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © NASA/Japanese Space Team and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

great wall of china

The Great Wall started as earth works thrown up for protection by different States. The individual sections weren’t connected until the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.). It was during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) that the Wall took on its present form. The brick and granite work was enlarged and sophisticated designs were added. The Ming Emperors, having overthrown the Hun dominance and expelled their Mongol rulers of the North devoted large portions of available material and manpower to making sure that they didn’t return. The Great Wall is the world’s longest human-made structure, stretching over approximately 6,400 km from Shanhai Pass in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. It is also the largest human-made structure ever built in terms of surface area and mass. Satellite Image: NASA/Japanese Space Team.

Chichen Itza – Mexico

"Space Imaging"

IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of Chichen Itza

Click to view in high resolution.

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

chichen itza

In a spectacular show of shadow and light, a shadow representing the Feathered Serpent god Kukulkan slides down the northern stairway of Chichen Itza during sunset of the equinoxes and then vanishes. The square, stepped pyramid, built by Mayans in about 1000 to 1200 AD also has axes that orient with the rising point of the sun at the summer solstice and setting point during the winter solstice. Many think the pyramid also serves as a calendar. Each of the four faces of the pyramid has a stairway with 91 steps. With the addition of a shared step forming a platform at the top, this totals 365, the number of days in a year. The stairways also divide the nine terraces on each side into 18 segments, representing the 18 months of the Mayan calendar. © GeoEye and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Taj Mahal – India

satellite image taj mahal india

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image of Taj Mahal, India

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

taj mahal

Located at the city of Agra in the State of Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. While the white domed marble mausoleum is the most familiar part of the monument, the Taj Mahal is actually an integrated complex of structures. Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. © GeoEye and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Colosseum, Rome – Italy

satellite image colosseum

IKONOS (0.8m) Satellite Image of The Colosseum, Rome

Click to view in high resolution.

360 degree panoramic view

Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

Colosseum_interior_panorama_01

Click to view in high resolution

The Colosseum/Coliseum, Rome, Italy was built from 72-80 A.D., the large, elliptical arena seats 50,000 spectators and represents one of the ancient Rome’s greatest architectural achievements. Completed in 81 AD, it is called the Coloseum after a colossal statue of Nero that once stood nearby. It was used for staged battles, sometimes between lions and Christians and other heretics, among other spectacles, and is one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world. The structure covers about 6 acres (188m by 156m or 615 ft by 510 ft) and stands 48.5 m (158 ft) tall or about 15 stories and took ten years to build. Two of the remaining entrances were used by Emperor Titus and two for the gladiators. © GeoEye and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation.

Satellite Image of Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro

quickbird-christ-redeemerQuickBird (0.6m) Satellite Image of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Click image to view in high resolution.

Image copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All rights reserved.

The satellite image (above) was captured by the QuickBird satellite of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) a statue of Jesus of Nazareth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is 39.6 metres (130 ft) tall, including its 9.5 metres (31 ft) pedestal, and 30 metres (98 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tonnes (625 long,700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Read more….

360 degree panoramic view of Christ the Redeemer looking over Rio De Janeiro.

Photographs of Christ the Redeemer

christ the redeemer brazil

Satellite Image of Grand Canyon National Park

satellite image grand canyon national park

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) Satellite Image  of Grand Canyon National Park Skywalk in Arizona

Click on image to view in full resolution.

(Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation. All Rights Reserved.)

GeoEye-1 (0.5m) satellite image (above) shows a portion of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, the 15th national park in the United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometer) long, up to 18 miles (29 kilometer) wide and over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters) deep.

Recent evidence suggests the Colorado River established its course and began carving out the steep-sided canyon at least 17 million years ago. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge perched 4,000 feet above the canyon floor and on the edge of the Grand Canyon’s West rim. It attracts almost five million visitors each year and is separately owned by the Hualapai Nation.

The satellite image was collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite on Sept. 3, 2010 while flying 423 miles above the Earth at an average speed of 17,000 mph. For more information on Grand Canyon  National Park, visit here.

To view a 360 degree panoramic view of Grand Canyon National Park, visit here.

grand-canyon-wallpaper-7

Satellite Image of Chichen Itza in Mexico

"Space Imaging"IKONOS (1 m) Satellite Image – Chichen Itza, Mexico

To view satellite image in full resolution click on image and zoom in.

(Image Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

In a spectacular show of shadow and light, a shadow representing the Feathered Serpent god Kukulkan slides down the northern stairway of Chichen Itza during sunset of the equinoxes and then vanishes. The square, stepped pyramid, built by Mayans in about 1000 to 1200 AD also has axes that orient with the rising point of the sun at the summer solstice and setting point during the winter solstice. Watch a video explaining the Equinoxes of Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza was a major city for the Mayan people beginning in about 600 AD. Tourists still flock to the site to climb the temple steps. Many think the pyramid also serves as a calendar. Each of the four faces of the pyramid has a stairway with 91 steps. With the addition of a shared step forming a platform at the top, this totals 365, the number of days in a year. The stairways also divide the nine terraces on each side into 18 segments, representing the 18 months of the Mayan calendar. To view Chichen Itza in a 360 degree panoramic view, visit here.

Northern Yucatán is arid, and the rivers in the interior all run underground. There are two large, natural sink holes, called cenotes, that could have provided plentiful water year round at Chichen, making it attractive for settlement. Of the two cenotes, the “Cenote Sagrado” or Sacred Cenote (also variously known as the Sacred Well or Well of Sacrifice), is the most famous. According to post-Conquest sources (Maya and Spanish), pre-Columbian Maya sacrificed objects and human beings into the cenote as a form of worship to the Maya rain god Chaac. Edward Herbert Thompson dredged the Cenote Sagrado from 1904 to 1910, and recovered artifacts of gold, jade, pottery, and incense, as well as human remains. A study of human remains taken from the Cenote Sagrado found that they had wounds consistent with human sacrifice. To read more on Chichen Itza, visit here.

Satellite Image of Petra Jordan

satellite image petra jordanIKONOS (1 m) Satellite Image – Petra, Jordan

To view satellite image in full resolution click on image.

(Image Copyright © DigitalGlobe and Courtesy of Satellite Imaging Corporation)

Petra lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi ‘Araba in Jordan about 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea. It came into prominence in the late first century BCE (BC) through the success of the spice trade. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule. The town grew up around its Colonnaded Street in the first century CE (AD) and by the mid-first century had witnessed rapid urbanization. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either sides of the Colonnaded Street on an elongated plan between the theater in the east and the Qasr al-Bint in the west. The quarries were probably opened in this period, and there followed virtually continuous building through the first and second centuries CE.

According to tradition, in ca. 1200 BCE, the Petra area (but not necessarily the site itself) was populated by Edomites and the area was known as Edom (“red”). Before the Israelite incursions, the Edomites controlled the trade routes from Arabia in the south to Damascus in the north. Little is known about the Edomites at Petra itself, but as a people they were known for their wisdom, their writing, their textile industry, the excellence and fineness of their ceramics, and their skilled metal working. Read more on Petra, Jordan.

On December 6, 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site.

To view a 360 degree panoramic view, visit here.

petra jordan