A satellite image is an image of the whole or part of the earth taken using artificial satellites. These images have a variety of uses, including: cartography, military intelligence and meteorology. Satellite images can either be visible light images, water vapor images or infrared images.Continue Reading
Visible light satellite images are photos of what the sky and the ground look like from space at any given time. This form is primarily used during daylight hours. Night shots may be used to track human habitation or to document nocturnal light sources.
Infrared images detect heat patterns in the clouds and on the ground. Since infrared satellite imagery doesn't rely on visible light for illumination, these images can be taken at any time of day.
Water vapor images show moisture in the atmosphere, often in the form of clouds. These are used in tracking potential storms and general weather prediction.Learn more about Maps & Cartography
Some tips and tricks for Using Google Earth include scrolling through historical satellite imagery, using the ruler tool to measure between two locations, activating the weather layer, creating personal maps, recording a tour and using the sky feature to explore the universe, notes PC World. Google also provides several hands-on tutorials to help users learn more about the features of Google Earth.Full Answer >
Earth has many satellites orbiting it, but the only significant natural satellite that orbits the Earth is the moon. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) maintains a listing of all man-made satellites orbiting the Earth, which includes more than 1,000 operating satellites.Full Answer >
It is possible to find the satellite view of a person's home by going on Google Maps and clicking the "satellite" button once the home address has been typed in. In fact, Google Maps can also give a person access to a satellite view of their entire street, town and state.Full Answer >
The National Graphic website offers updated satellite imagery as does the ArcGIS.com and EarthExplorer, which is presented on the U.S. Geological Survey website. Digital Globe also offers satellite imagery on its site. The company provides satellite mapping for military and industry use, including oil and gas exploration.Full Answer >