“Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before”: These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Nadir view of Monte Fitz Roy, Chile and Argentina. March 2, 2016. RapidEye. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc.

Satellite photos are generally shot straight down at the Earth and make the world look like flat, detailed maps. But shoot satellite photos at an angle, and suddenly they look like aerial photos captured from impossible heights with the world’s longest telephoto lens.

“It’s like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers [~280 miles] high,” writes Robert Simmon, an engineer at Planet, operator of the world’s largest commercial satellite network.

Planet recently used its constellation of 13 SkySat satellites to shoot “a series of experimental, off-angle images that capture some of the world’s most stunning vertical features.” It’s a perspective that makes the real cities look like the computer game Sim City, Engadget writes.

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"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Oblique view of Monte Fitz Roy. March 19, 2018. SkySat. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Doha, Qatar. November 11, 2017. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Houston, Texas. March 14, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. March 10, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Bilbao, Spain. March 13, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Shanghai, China. March 9, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Osaka, Japan. March 13, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
São Paulo, Brazil. March 12, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa. March 19, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Salto Angel, Venezuela. March 23, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Gasherbrum Massif, Pakistan. March 11, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Blue Mountains, Australia. March 17, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Mount Etna, Italy. March 10, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Zion National Park. United States. March 21, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Bora Bora, French Polynesia. March 9, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Klyuchevskaya Volcano, Russia. March 11, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

"Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before": These Angled Satellite Images Are Like Aerial Photos From 280 Miles Up
Deccan Traps, India. March 22, 2018. Image ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

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