2014 as Told by Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 

By Sarah Zhang on at

We live on a planet where our lives are chronicled from space. These satellite images from Digital Globe, operator of the world's most powerful commercial imaging satellites, tell the story of some of the year's most indelible moments. Events from the protests in Ukraine to wildfires in San Diego are all showcased from high above.

Earlier this year, Digital Globe launched their Worldview-3 satellite, their most powerful imaging satellite yet. The resolution of its images are, in fact, too high to be made publicly available under regulations of federal law. The images here are drawn from Worldview-3, as well as its predecessors, and they are presented in low enough resolution so that no one's getting into trouble for showing something they ought not to.

Digital Globe has put 25 of its top satellite images of the year on its Facebook page, where you can vote for the best. Here are eight of our favourites from the collection.


Wildfires in San Diego County

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Eruption of Mount Sinabung in Indonesia

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Refugees at the Syrian Border Town of Kobane

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Protests in Kiev, Ukraine

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Flooding in Gunja, Croatia

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Melting Ice in the Nordenskjold Basin, Antarctica

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


Refugees Feeling from ISIS in Sinjar, Iraq

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites 


The World's Largest TYre Graveyard in Sulaibiya, Kuwait

2014 As Told By Photos from the World's Highest Resolution Satellites