8 satellite images that could be art

8 satellite images that could be art

What do you think of this satellite-art?

What's a painting? An aesthetic array of brush strokes and colours? What if you were to substitute those by a landscape and the colours of nature itself?

Over the course of their work accumulating valuable data about the Earth for scientific use, satellites also give us some pretty spectacular imagery of our planet from afar. Earth-observing satellites show us what global cloud cover looks like, help us discover unknown ancient waterways, and let us look at storm systems from above.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey has been gathering satellite imagery of Earth using the Landsat program. Since 2012, the USGS, along with NASA, has curated multiple collections of amazing Landsat images chosen purely for their value as fine art. Some of the images are altered to highlight certain data points or increase their color contrast, but other than that, they’re entirely works of nature.

And I'm sure many impressionist artists would've loved to come up with them!


Faults in western China

Irrigation fields in southern Egypt

The Haruj Volcanic Field in Libya

Lake Manicouagan, an impact crater in Canada

Antarctica’s Slessor Glacier, with exposed ice shown in purple

A map of crops growing around the Tietê River in Ibitinga, Brazil.

Salt glaciers in Iran

Published on: May 2016