Daily Overview Satellite Images

We are strong believers in the Overview Effect and the video above provided essential inspiration for this project.

The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and features important commentary on the wider implications of this understanding for our society and our relationship to the environment.



Lagos, Nigeria

6°29′44″N 3°23′39″E

Makoko is a floating village in Lagos, Nigeria. Residents, approximately 85,000 in total, use wooden canoes to navigate the narrow canals and move about the neighborhood. In recent years, there has been a great dispute over this area as the government has attempted to demolish homes to allow for the construction of more valuable, waterfront real estate.


Tara Goan Park

Outdoor shelters in Tara Goan Park

Kathmandu, Nepal

27.720216000°, 85.352543000°

As many of you know, a powerful earthquake struck the country of Nepal this past Saturday. Due to tremendous damage and fear of aftershocks, many people have moved to open spaces outdoors. Satellite images taken in recent days over the city of Kathmandu show a number of these shelters appearing across the city - like the ones seen in this Overview of Tara Goan Park. To donate to Red Cross relief efforts, click here. Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal during this difficult time.


Milan Malpensa Airport

Milan-Malpensa Airport

Ferno, Italy

45°37′48″N 008°43′23″E

Milan-Malpensa Airport handles more than 18.8 million passengers and 435,000 tons of cargo every year.


Residential house Ankara Turkey

Residential house

Ankara, Turkey

39.987497075°, 32.850163076°

Ankara, Turkey is home to more than five million residents and serves as the country's capital. Residential housing in the northern section of the city is visible here.


Bora Bora French Polynesia

Four Seasons Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

16.472°S 151.7073°W

Chains of bungalows extend over the water at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora, French Polynesia. In addition to the bungalows and beachfront villas, the complex is also home to the Ruahatu Lagoon Sanctuary - a research facility with more than 100 species of marine life. We hope you all have a relaxing, delightful weekend!


Donghai Bridge Wind Farm china

Donghai Bridge Wind Farm

Shanghai, China

30.770°N 121.994°E

Turbulence fields from behind the turbines of the Donghai Bridge Wind Farm in Shanghai, China. These streaks occur when certain meteorological conditions cause the turbines to create condensation (i.e. clouds) of very humid air.


Turbine Interchange Florida

Turbine Interchange

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

30.253047949°, -81.516204357°

A turbine interchange connects the SR 9A and SR 202 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Also known as a whirlpool interchange, this structure consists of left-turning ramps sweeping around a center interchange, thereby creating a spiral pattern of right-hand traffic. This type of junction is rarely built, due to the vast amount of land that is required to construct the sweeping roads. To participate in our Earth Day Contest, check out today's post on Instagram.


Port Newark Container Terminal New Jersey USA

Port Newark Container Terminal

Newark, New Jersey, USA

40°40′54″N 74°09′02″W

Shipping containers are stacked at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, New Jersey, USA. The massive facility handles over 600,000 shipping containers every year and has begun expansion projects that will increase annual capacity to 1.1 million containers by 2030.


Plaça de Tetuan Barcelona Spain

Plaça de Tetuan

Eixample District, Barcelona, Spain

41.394921°N 2.175507°E

Plaça de Tetuan is a major square located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain. The area characterized by its strict grid pattern, octagonal intersections, and apartments with communal courtyards.


Selkirk Yard New York

Selkirk Yard

Selkirk, New York, USA

42°33′17″N 73°50′14″W

Selkirk Yard is a freight railroad yard located eight miles south of Albany, New York that serves as a gateway to points east of the Hudson River, including New York City. Using computerized controls, the yard can process more than 3,200 cars per day.


Hodariyat Bridge United Arab Emirates

Hodariyat Bridge

Hodariyat Island, United Arab Emirates

24°24'28"N 54°23'32”E

The Hodariyat Bridge links the western coastline of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates to Hodariyat Island, which is currently experiencing massive development. Once the island is occupied, the suspension bridge will facilitate six lanes of traffic and two pedestrian walkways.


Tokyo Japan

Tokyo at night

Tokyo, Japan

35°41′22.22″N 139°41′30.12″E

Tokyo, seen here at night from the International Space Station, is the most populous metropolitan area in the world with upwards of 37.8 million people. This photograph is courtesy of NASA's “Cities at Night” project.


Venetian Islands Miami

Venetian Islands

Miami, Florida, USA

25.783216°N 80.16052°W

The Venetian Islands are a chain of six man-made islands located in Miami, Florida. San Marino Island, Di Lido Island, and Rivo Alto Island are pictured here. While the islands' residential neighborhoods have some of the highest property values in the city, they are also among the first places ordered to evacuate in advance of a hurricane.


Agricultural development France

Agricultural development

Lower Normandy, France

48.612879269°, -1.560970423°

Farm fields cover the landscape along the border of the Manche and Ille-et-Vilaine departments in Lower Normandy, France. Located by the English Channel, the area has an oceanic climate with relatively mild winters and temperate summers.


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