Instagram post by @esa_earth ESA Earth From Space

The Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over part of northwest England in this image captured on 5 January 2017.
The dark area near the centre of the image is the Forest of Bowland. 'Forest' here means "a royal hunting ground and does not refer to trees. The area has barren fells and peat moorland. During the Second World War, parts of the Bowland fells were used for military exercises, and unexploded bombs have been found in the area.
In the upper left we can see some of the intertidal mudflats of Morecambe Bay, with the city of Lancaster on the coast. The city of Preston is situated at lower left on the River Ribble, which flows into an estuary where it meets the Irish Sea.
The area north of the Ribble Estuary is the Fylde coastal plain. This somewhat square peninsula was created by the deposition of sediment by the rivers and streams over a long time. Parts were once dug for peat, but today towns and agriculture blanket the plain. The far-west side (not pictured) is mostly urban.
On the right side of the image are three aircraft contrails forming straight lines. Zooming in on one of these, we see that instead of a single white contrail line there are three colours. While this may look like coloured smoke released from the aircraft, it is an artefact created when the Sentinel-2 data were processed.

#Copernicus #Sentinel #Sentinel2 #ColourVision #EO #EarthObservation #CreativeCommons #England #Yorkshire #Lancashire #ForestOfBowland #BarrenFells #PeatMoorland #SecondWorldWar #UnexplodedBombs #mudflats #MorecambvbbeBay #Lancaster #Preston #RiverRibble #IrishSea #RibbleEstuary #Fylde

Copyright: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO


  • 52w ago esti_zela esti_zela


  • 52w ago zenflower66 zenflower66

    Belle forΓͺt😍

  • 52w ago esa_earth esa_earth

    πŸ›°οΈπŸŒβ“ The answer to our #WhereOnEarth quiz, featured in #EarthFromSpace, is the #ForestOfBowland, in northwest #England, #UK. And #TheWinnerIs ... @sqrdbrkt! Congrats! Please contact us via DM to claim your prize! πŸ₯‡πŸ†πŸ‘

  • 52w ago walkertxdude walkertxdude

    Is it possible to detect buried metallic objects such as unexploded bombs from Satellite? Seems that if we can see/detect distant galaxies and celestial phenomena that are light-years away and/or only visible in light spectrums that are invisible to the human eye, then why can't we use similar techniques and technologies to clear out the vestiges of war, such as landmines or unexploded bombs? We have the capability to view our planet in amazing details and in extraordinary ways that only technology has allowed us to view it. I'm just curious if you if Satellite imagery is at or near a point where it could be useful in ridding the planet long-forgotten and dangerous bombs.

  • 52w ago bea.fadda bea.fadda

    Thank you @esa_earth, I'm super happy and the forest looks amazing! 😍

  • 52w ago cosette.from.usa cosette.from.usa

    Je propose une photo satellite d'une steppe recouverte de neige pour la prochaine fois, histoire de pimenter un peu le jeu ! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • 52w ago esa_earth esa_earth

    @walkertxdude Nice Idea! Must check with my colleagues at ESA for an answer. Tricky though, it depends on the size of the bomb and if it visible and not covered with vegetation, I guess.

  • 52w ago le778nt le778nt



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