Earth As Art

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Aleutian Clouds, Bering Sea

Aleutian Clouds – Bering Sea

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Edrengiyn Nuruu, Mongolia,

Edrengiyn Nuruu – Mongolia

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Dasht-e Kavir, Iran,

Dasht-e Kavir – Iran

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa,

Kalahari Desert – Southern Africa

NASA, Earth As Art, Landsat 7, Mayn River, Russia,

Mayn River – Russia

NASA, Earth As Art, Terra Satellite, Wadi Branches, Jordan

Wadi Branches – Jordan

It’s been a while since I did a geeky post, and I’ve had these saved on my laptop for quite a while now, so I thought it was time to share them! These are a few of my favourite images from NASA’s recently released book ‘Earth as Art‘ & the entire book is available for free as a PDF here & iPad app here if you’d like to see the rest.

The images were all taken by various Earth observing environmental satellites. The sensors on these satellites can measure light outside of the visible range, so if you’re wondering about the rather surreal colours in some of them, they have been added based on the invisible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that the satellites detected, allowing us to see the surface of the Earth in much greater detail than we could with our own eyes.

I’m constantly finding my breath being taken away by stunning landscape photography showing the sheer beauty of our planet, but these are on another level entirely. Just look at all those beautiful colours, patterns & textures shown here, that we are totally blind to. I find that so awe inspiring, it really puts into perspective & makes me appriciate just how special & beautiful this little chunk of rock we call home really is.

“We must look to the heavens . . . for the measure of the earth” – Jean-Félix Picard

Filed under: Inspiration


  1. Posted 23.01.2013 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful images, I love National Geographic too- their pictures are jaw dropping!

    Maria xxx

  2. Posted 23.01.2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Wow, these are amazing! (I must check this book out!)

  3. Posted 23.01.2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow! I thought these were paintings or something before I read the post. They make me feel very, very small haha xxx

    • Posted 25.01.2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, they make me feel really small too! They make me want to travel more as well, feel like there’s soo much I’ve yet to see!

  4. Posted 23.01.2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    those pictures are so pretty, I thought they were pantings as well! wow!

  5. Sarirah
    Posted 23.01.2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! Thanks for drawing attention to this I hadn’t head of this but I’m going to download the pdf now. :)

  6. Posted 23.01.2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    mother nature is the greatest artist i reckon, thanks for linking up that pdf – I’ve just downloaded it! i’m always stalking the landscape secion at 500px ;)

    • Posted 25.01.2013 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, totally agree, it’s hard to match the beauty of nature. Hope you enjoy the pdf, I thought it was so awesome of them to have it as a free download!

  7. Posted 24.01.2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    These are so beautiful! My favourite out of these few would be the first and the last images.

  8. Posted 24.01.2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow this is such an interesting post! I would have never guessed that it’s actual landscape!

  9. Posted 24.01.2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow, these are satellite photographs of the earth? I had to reread what you wrote, since I couldn’t believe it. It’s truly beautiful – thanks so much for sharing it!

    ♥ x i x i a

    • Posted 25.01.2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      No problem Xixia! I’m just glad that everyone has enjoyed it as much as me, I debated whether to post it as it wasn’t very ‘fashion’, but glad I did now :)

  10. Posted 24.01.2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow, these are beautiful!

    You should have got the hat! It’s so much fun but there’s loads of similar ones of ASOS :)

    Carmen Ri.

  11. Posted 24.01.2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Not geeky at all! In fact, rather amazing. :)

  12. Posted 24.01.2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    The only way to describe this is WOW. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am such a geek when it comes to NASA in general (have you been to the Kennedy Space Centre?) and these pictures are so gorgeous! My favourites are the Jordan and Iran ones! xx

    • Posted 25.01.2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, me too! Glad I’m not the only NASA geek around here! ;) Yeah, it is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been, there is actually a post on here about my visit somewhere, it’ll be under ‘travel’ if you want to find it :)

  13. Posted 24.01.2013 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I love the first two, just stunning! I gotta check it out now.

  14. Posted 25.01.2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is stunning! I had no idea NASA came out with this book. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll definitely check it out!

  15. Posted 25.01.2013 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    These are just breathtaking. Mother Nature really is the best artist.

  16. Jenny
    Posted 03.02.2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    These look ever so pretty and I was just thinking looking at the pictures some would go great as fabric pattern maybe for leggings. Super pretty though love all the colours and textures x

  17. Posted 06.02.2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I can’t believe I had missed this post, it is truly beautiful. I love looking at photographs like this, and seeing things from a different perspective. These pictures are very inspiring for all the reasons you listed! Thank you for your lovely comments :) posing for pictures is a strange thing, but I guess what I never thought about was that every blogger started somewhere – and they probably all had those cringe moments! I can’t believe you are from Leicester, it is a really small world! I had thought I recognised the High Cross behind some of your photographs, but cities have a habit of looking the same so I didn’t think too much of it! You should definitely give the cake baking a go, it’s lovely being able to choose exactly what type of cake you want to make, rather than being limited to the ones in the supermarket bakery! I had never really come across tinnitus before I developed it, but since I’ve had it I’ve discovered that more and more people have it than I’d have suspected – and quite a few young people too. I hope your friend manages ok with her tinnitus! Thank you for your well wishes with my assignment, I really need to get cracking on with this poem – I will try and remember to pop it on my blog once the assignment has been handed back and marked (no chance of being accused of copying then! haha). Do you work in town? The job situation is dire isn’t it! You’d think it wouldn’t be so hard to find a retail job, but I guess a lot of businesses are having to close down at the moment and a lot of people are getting rid of staff rather than taking them on! xx

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