I believe we’ve all seen the famous Earthrise photo taken by the Apollo 8 crew 50 years ago. But thanks to a Chinese satellite that’s currently in lunar orbit, we get to see the Erath and the Moon from a totally different and rare perspective. On 3 February current year, the satellite captured an image of the far side of the Moon with our planet in the background.
The Camp Fire, named after the Camp Creek Road where it originated, is the most devastating wildfire in California’s history. Beginning on November 8th, Camp Fire spans more than 138,000 acres. It has decimated at least 8,000 buildings and claimed at least 50 lives with over 200 civilians still reported missing.
NASA has now released some high-resolution satellite images showing the scale of the wildfire. The image above shows Camp Fire in Butte County, California as soon from the Landsat 8 satellite on the morning of November 8th, 2018.
Last month, NASA launched TESS, a satellite that will search thousands of stars for Earth-like exoplanets. TESS has just sent back its first photo, and although it’s just a test image, it’s fascinating and gives you an idea of how big the mission is. The photo shows more than 200,000 stars, and four TESS cameras will cover more than 400 times as much sky during the mission.
Google Earth is an incredible program with many practical applications. For instance, I use it frequently for creating custom files for my handheld GPS and for mapping upcoming outdoor excursions. One of the most powerful features of Google Earth is its stunning satellite imagery which covers the four corners of the globe. This means that, for those too lazy/broke to travel the globe in real life, you can take in the splendors of the earth right from your desktop. And, since Google Earth Pro went free earlier this year, you can “capture” it all in stunning HD.
Earth View is boasts having “a collection of the most beautiful and striking landscapes found in Google Earth.” These images comprise varied settings from deserts to oceans, from prairies to mountains…and pretty much everything in between. All of the hard work of location scouting has been done for you, the photos have been captured, and all you have to do is simply revel in a whole lot of awesome.