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You’ve never seen Colorado 8° off the horizon

Colorado from 8° (The Atlantic / DigitalGlobe)
Colorado from 8° - showing Montrose to Denver. (The Atlantic / DigitalGlobe)
Colorado from 8° – showing Montrose to Denver. (The Atlantic / DigitalGlobe)

You are some of the first humans to see Colorado like this.

In a game of angles, if you view something at just the right angle, it is filled with context and purpose, it gives life to an otherwise lifeless object.

A hi-resolution satellite photo, featured in The Atlantic taken by WorldView-3 captured Colorado like never seen before. In just one photo it shows Montrose to Ft. Morgan. On Sept. 10, 2015, the satellite operated by DigialGlobe flew over the southwest and turned back around to capture Colorado from a unique angle of “8° off the horizon.”

How low is that? According to Kevin Bullock at DigitalGlobe:

When the sun gets that low, it starts looking different and turning different colors. And we can’t actually program that into our satellite because the optics are so much different than what the typical operation is. We actually program the satellite to look at stars which are behind the field of view and behind the Earth, so to speak. So we’re looking at stars that aren’t actually visible from where the satellite’s position is, and the Earth gets in the way, and that’s how we capture the image.

The story featured in the Atlantic tells this story of the technology and background of taking unique shots from space.

To see the full image along with highlights go here.

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