Earth Imagery & Video

One Heart-shaped Lake, Three Perspectives

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Earth Imagery & Video

Sometimes, to see the whole picture, you need multiple views. Seen below from three distinct space-based sensors, a quaint heart-shaped lake bisects twin cities, wrapped in a network of streets, including Necklace Road. But at street level, things get real. The 400-year-old Hussain Sagar is a manmade lake located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and it's become a growing problem for municipal leaders amid increasing environmental concerns.

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In North America, there are few things more renowned than the Super Bowl, or Beyoncé. And that's especially true this year as the NFL's championship game marks 50 years today, Feb. 7. Santa Clara plays host to Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium, which you can spot in this Theia image. Located about an hour's drive south of San Francisco, California, Santa Clara sits at the heart of Silicon Valley in the Bay Area — so it's fitting that this year's game promises to be such a high-tech affair.

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Spot the Waterskier in this Iris Video GIF

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Earth Imagery & Video

Now that’s a first. After acquiring an Iris video of this popular archeological site in Greece — the Acropolis of Lindos — our processing team spotted something peculiar: a waterskier swerving to and fro behind a speedboat. The village of Lindos, located here on the the island of Rhodes in the Aegean Sea, provides the perfect setting for water sports. Shout out to [...]

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Vancouver Harbour Brims with Life in HD Video

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Company

Boats speed to and fro across Vancouver Harbour, a float plane glides past Stanley Park, and cars hustle down the busy streets of downtown Vancouver in this video captured in August of 2015. Lovely views aside, this recent Iris video of our hometown offers up more than eye candy — it’s an excellent example of [...]

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Mecca from Space: Before and After its Tragic Crane Collapse

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Company

This video of Mecca, captured in the summer of 2015 by UrtheCast’s Iris camera, is centred around the city’s Grand Mosque. It’s here where millions of people congregate for September’s hajj pilgrimage, widely known as the largest annual gathering of people on the planet. Compare this video to the image below, captured by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 [...]

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Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the defeat of the Japanese army, China held a celebratory parade on Sept. 3rd in Tiananmen Square, Beijing — the largest military parade the country has ever held. In this image captured by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 satellite, we get a fascinating look at the square, including 12,000 soldiers, hundreds of tanks, [...]

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Confirmed by a UN-led analysis of UrtheCast imagery, one of the most culturally significant pieces of historic architecture in the world has been destroyed by the extremist militant group ISIS. The 2,000 year-old Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, was demolished in August of 2015, as reported on Aug. 31 by the United Nations Institute for Training and [...]

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Oi Oi, London Town

Theras A. Gordon Wood ‐ Company

In UrtheCast’s latest Theia image from space, we get a glimpse at an enormous, bustling Heathrow Airport, and the River Thames as it snakes into the heart of London, England. Arguably, there are few cities in the western world that begin to rival the cultural significance of London, and even fewer that are so populous. With an area covering ~670+ square miles, [...]

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It’s quite a remarkable web that NASA has woven. At first glance, this new NASA map could resemble a pleasing bit of graphic art. But look a little closer, because each fine blue thread marks one asteroid orbit of at least 1,400 asteroids that could potentially threaten our fragile planet.

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