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In the Blink of an Eye

As the world becomes ever-more connected, the flow of goods and information is accelerating and change can happen in the blink of an eye. Satellites offer a unique vantage point from which to see the world as it rapidly evolves, giving us transparency into what’s happening.

With the successful launch of six SkySats last fall, Planet now operates the largest fleet of high-resolution satellites that is capable of imaging any point on Earth twice a day. This allows us to monitor global change across our cities, ports and waterways, and even remote areas with greater agility and frequency.

When captured by a SkySat satellite, change can be obvious, like state wildfires, and subtle, like the movement of a single ship that’s “gone dark.” The imagery below is twice-daily imagery taken by SkySat satellites in locations across the globe, often taken about three to four hours apart.

What change can you spot between the two images? Leave a comment with your observations!

Huntsville, Alabama. April 29, 2018.
Left: 9:30 am PST; Right: 12:30 pm PST.

Georgia-Pacific Paper & Pulp Mill, Brunswick, Georgia. March 8, 2018.
Left: 11 am EST; Right: 2 pm EST

Mumbai Central Railway Station. February 19, 2018-February 20, 2018.
Left: 1:30 pm IST; Right: 10 am IST.

Abha Regional Airport, Abha, Saudi Arabia. March 14, 2018.
Left: 2 pm local time. Right: 3:30 pm local time.

Thule Air Base, eastern Greenland. April 7, 2018.
Left: 2:50 pm local time; Right: 6 pm local time.

Port of Busan, South Korea. April 20, 2018.
Left: 12 pm KST; Right: 2:40 pm KST.

Lunilkanwala Dor, Karachi, Pakistan. March 6, 2018-March 7, 2018.
Left image: 2 pm PKT; Right image: 11:00 am PKT

North Antelope Rochelle Mine, near Gillette, Wyoming. March 27, 2018.
Left: 11:40 am MDT; Right: 2:30 pm MDT.

Wugong Air Base, outside Xi’an, China. April 19, 2018.
Left: 11 am CST; Right: 2 pm CST.

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, Panama. March 14, 2018.
Left: 10:45 am EST; Right: 1:45 pm EST.

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To learn more about Planet’s SkySat constellation and how it can image any point on Earth at high resolution and twice-daily frequency, visit our website.

All images ©2018 Planet Labs, Inc. CC-BY-SA 4.0.

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