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Easter Island

19 April 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over one of the most remote islands in the world: Easter Island. Located in the Pacific Ocean, over 3500 km off the west coast of South America, this Chilean island is also known as Rapa Nui by its original inhabitants. The island was given its current name the day Europeans arrived in the 1700s – on Easter Sunday.

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English Channel

12 April 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over the busy maritime traffic passing through the English Channel.

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Egyptian crop circles

05 April 2019

This week, ESA is focusing on its core Basic Activities, which, for Earth observation, include preserving precious data. Long-time series of datasets are needed to determine changes in our planet's climate. This set of images shows an important land reclamation project in East Oweinat, in the Western Desert of Egypt.

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The Bosphorus Strait, Turkey

29 March 2019

Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, this image shows the narrow strait that connects eastern Europe to western Asia: the Bosphorus in northwest Turkey.

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Lake Chad's shrinking waters

22 March 2019

The 22 March is World Water Day, which focuses on the importance of freshwater. The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future. Goal number six focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. This image takes us over Lake Chad at the southern edge of the Sahara, where water supplies are dwindling.

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Nairobi, Kenya

15 March 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Nairobi, Kenya, with this image captured on 3 February 2019.

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New Zealand

08 March 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite takes us over New Zealand, with the image centred over Cook Strait between the North and South Islands.

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Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula

05 March 2019

This Proba-V 100 m image of the northern half of the Red Sea, highlights the coral reefs along the coast of the Saudi region, Tabuk.

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The Alps

01 March 2019

Captured on 16 February 2019, this Sentinel-3A true-colour image shows the Alps and the surrounding flatter lands in southern France.

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Favignana, Levanzo and western Sicily

22 February 2019

Captured on 3 September 2018 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite, this image shows part of western Sicily in Italy and two of the main Aegadian Islands: Favignana and Levanzo.

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Maldive jewels

15 February 2019

Copernicus Sentinel-2 brings you some of the jewels of the Maldives for Valentine's week. Arguably one of the most romantic destinations in the world, the Maldives lie in the Indian Ocean about 700 km southwest of Sri Lanka.

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Northeast Kenya

08 February 2019

Captured on 1 October 2018 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite, this image features part of northeast Kenya – an area east of the East African Rift.

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Hubei, China

05 February 2019


To celebrate the Chinese New Year we share with you this Proba-V 100 m image of the meandering Yangtze River as it courses through Hubei province of China.

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Iraq flood

01 February 2019

This Copernicus Sentinel-1 image combines two acquisitions over the same area of eastern Iraq, one from 14 November 2018 before heavy rains fell and one from 26 November 2018 after the storms.

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Zaragoza, Spain

25 January 2019

This Copernicus Sentinel-2B image features the city of Zaragoza nestling in the Ebro valley and flanked by mountains to the south.

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Gangotri, India

18 January 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Gangotri, one of the largest glaciers in the Himalayas and one of the main sources of water for the Ganges River.

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Uruguay River wetlands

11 January 2019

The Copernicus Sentinel-2B satellite takes us along the lower reaches of the brown, sediment-rich Uruguay River, with this image acquired on 17 August 2018.

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Pine Island, Antarctica

08 January 2019


This Proba-V 300m image, from 19 November 2018, shows the Pine Island iceberg located south of the Hudson Mountains on West-Antarctica.

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South Georgia Island

21 December 2018

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the island of South Georgia, with this image captured on 22 February 2018.

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Dead Sea

18 December 2018


In this last image for 2018, Proba-V takes a peak at the Dead Sea, on the border of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, with the cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem (grey) to the west.

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The Earth Watching project is an ESA/ESRIN service to help local authorities and to promote the benefits of remote sensing data during emergencies, sending images and articles to newspapers, magazines and TV stations.

The Earth Watching website features not only imagery of natural disasters, but also promotes various satellite remote sensing applications through images and articles. Some examples are shown in the special events part of the website.

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