Christiaan Triebert+ Your Authors @trbrtc Visual Investigations @nytimes. Previously @bellingcat. Monitoring things, mostly niche. Retired hitchhiker. @quiztime. Usual caveats. DMs open. May. 05, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

What an incredible view of Washington, DC. Taken by @Maxar's WorldView-3 satellite, as it was nearly overhead Bermuda on May 2. (Yes, this is a satellite image.)

Here's another shot. Absolutely incredible image by @Maxar's WorldView-3.

What you're looking at are high off-nadir satellite images, which basically means the satellite is not directly overhead DC, but in fact further away (nearly Bermuda in this case, @Maxar says), thus changing the angle you're looking at the city.

This image of Baltimore, also taken by @Maxar's WorldView-3 satellite on May 2, really looks like SimCity, @Nrg8000.

What's also pretty cool is that @Maxar's WV-3 caught the US Navy Blue Angels and USAF Thunderbirds in flight, including this image of four large KC-10 refueler aircraft flying east of Washington, DC.

s analyst explains that the blue 'blur' you see behind the aircraft comes from blending their panchromatic image with their color image. There's a split second difference in time, so fast-moving objects 'show up with this spectral bloom'.


You can follow @trbrtc.



Bookmark

____
Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Since you’re here...

... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.


Follow Threader