Satellite imagery: You are desperately looking for satellite imagery of the Earth seen from space but you don’t know where to get them? Well, you’ve come to the right place at the right time. With today’s tutorial I will in fact show you some of the best Internet sites through which to view aerial images of all the cities of the world, analyze the footage of meteorological satellites and browse wonderful snapshots taken to our beloved planet. Beautiful, is not it?
The services listed below are all completely free and do not require any registration in order to be exploited. Save them all in your bookmarks and you will see that you will not regret it! Furthermore, they are extremely simple to use even for those who, a bit like you, do not consider themselves exactly a great expert in terms of new technologies and online browsing.
So if you are really interested in finding out which are the best sites to appeal to in order to find satellite images, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, get comfortable and concentrate on reading this guide. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell you more than satisfied and that all your friends intrigued by what will ask you where and how you managed “in the business”. So, ready to start? Yes? Great. So let’s ban the talk and proceed!
Impossible to talk about satellite images online and not to mention Google Maps, the famous online home map service Google which allows you to travel virtually to every corner of the globe through aerial images from various sources (Bluesky, DigitalGlobe and other companies in the sector). Unfortunately, these images are not updated in real time but have a dating that can go back up to three years ago, however I can assure you that the final effect is very appreciable. Google Maps is also totally free and does not require the installation of any software or app on the device in use in order to function.
To use it, connected to its home page via the link I provided you a moment ago and click on the box Satellite located at the bottom left to activate the display of aerial images.
At this point, use the search field located at the top left to find the location you want to “visit”, select the most relevant result among those that are proposed to you in the list of suggestions or click directly on the button magnifying glass and then use the buttons + is – you see at the bottom right to increase or decrease the zoom level on the map. In addition, by clicking on theindicator which is located next to the zoom buttons you can view your current position on the map (you may be asked for authorization from the browser to use the geolocation information, in which case you consent without problems).
I also point out that for various locations there is a box on the left containing some useful related information such as the description of the place, the total number of the population, the year of foundation, the current weather conditions and more.
Bing Maps of Microsoft it is the main alternative to Google Maps and, like the latter, allows you to travel virtually all over the world thanks to satellite images with various dates and origins. It is characterized by the excellent panoramic viewing function that allows you to observe the images of areas of some geographical areas from better angles.
Using Bing Maps is very simple. To begin with, connect to the main Bing Maps page using the link I provided a few moments later, then activate the satellite-style view by clicking on the item Aerea attached to the menu located at the top right.
Then, type the name of the place to visit in the appropriate search field located at the top left and select the relevant suggestion among those attached to the list that is shown to you or click directly on the button magnifying glass.
To adjust the zoom level of the maps, use the buttons + is – located at the top right. By changing the zoom level of the map, information relating to the dating and origin of the images being viewed are displayed in the lower right corner (e.g. the wording (c) 2013 BLOM indicates that the aerial images that are being consulted were taken by BLOM in 2013). To view your current position on the map, click on theindicator located at the top left.
For most of the places visited there is also a special box on the left containing various useful related information such as the main attractions in the selected area, restaurants, bars and hotels and much more.
If you prefer, you can also view the satellite images obtained through Bing Maps in full screen. To do this, press on the item Full screen located at the top of the service screen. You can then restore the normal display of Bing Maps by clicking again on the same item.
If you are looking for “fresher” satellite images and you want to find out the weather conditions of all the main European countries, take a look at the website SAT24 which allows you to view images of Europe and Africa updated (almost) in real time with animations regarding the passage of clouds and lightning.
To use it, connected to the main page of the service by clicking on the link I provided a few moments later then click on the areas of the map you want to zoom in and put the check mark next to the items City is Lighting bolt to display indicators that indicate the positions of the most important cities and lightning on the map. To view the current precipitation, however, click on the button Rain placed at the top of the screen.
You can also view the satellite images proposed to you in HD. To do this, click on the button HD placed at the bottom after which proceed as I indicated in the previous lines. In the case of HD viewing of satellite images, you can also increase or decrease the zoom level of what is displayed by pressing, respectively, on the buttons Zoom In is Zoom Out located at the bottom right.
A service similar to the offender available from SAT24 is also offered by MeteoAM, the site of theair Force, through which it is possible to browse the images of the Earth captured by the Meteosat geostationary satellite (updated with a maximum interval of 15 minutes).
To use it, connect to the Air Force website using the link I have just provided and then click on the satellite image of your interest among those proposed. The available satellite images are divided into three categories: Infrared (which allows you to estimate the body temperature), RGB (which allows to observe the degree of reflexivity of the observed body) e Water vapor (which allows to observe the presence of water vapor in the indicated region).
Then you will be shown the image “immortalized” by the satellite in all its splendor. At the top of the same you will find the date and time of the “shot”. By clicking anywhere on the image you can see the evolution of the same from half an hour to half an hour while pressing the button Play placed at the bottom you can view everything automatically.
If you are a fan of satellite images, you should definitely add the site to your favorites NASA, the American agency for space and aeronautical activities, which offers spectacular shots of the Earth from space every day.
Up This Page you can find a collection of some of the satellite photos and the most spectacular animations concerning our planet. By clicking on a single image you can view all the information relating to it and you can download it to your computer, smartphone or tablet by simply selecting the file of your interest among those found in the section Images & Animations File.
I also point out that in addition to the images there are also short satellite videos that allow you to admire the planet Earth in all its splendor. Take a look at it, you will see that you will not regret it!
Instead, come on this other page you can browse “generic” images of the Earth updated every 3 hours. Using the menu on the left you can indicate which layers to display and which not while clicking on the tab Events you can choose to see satellite images of the Earth belonging to a specific event that occurred. The cursor located at the bottom of the time bar allows you to instead go back and forth in the temp with the images.
If necessary, you can also zoom in on what is displayed and rotate the satellite images using the buttons respectively + is – placed on the right and shaped buttons arrow, also present on the right.
ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment
To conclude, I want to report the spectacular experiment ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment which allows you to see the Earth taken from space in live streaming thanks to a series of cameras installed on the Columbus module of the International Space Station. The images are updated in real time and in HD, truly unmissable.
To view the direct streaming of the Earth taken from space, all you have to do is click on the link I gave you a moment ago and … enjoy the show!
I also point out that by scrolling down the web page of the live streaming you can also view, in correspondence with the section Videos, The filming done in the previous hours. To play the video you are most interested in, simply click on it.
Note: To view the contents of ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment, Flash Player must be installed on the computer or device you are using. If you don’t know how to find it, check out my guide on how to download flash player to clear your ideas.