This Glorious Mess is Actually Munich From Space

By Jamie Condliffe on at

A splattered canvas of reds and greens, this is actually a combination of three radar scans from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-1A satellite as it passed over Bavaria in Southern Germany.

The white sprawl on the right is Munich. The ESA explains what you can see:

Along the northern part of this river, the white radar reflections from buildings give way to an elongated area of vegetation. This is the English Garden, a public park created in 1789 with an informal landscape of a style that was popular in Britain from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century. With an area of over 3.5 sq km, it is one of the world’s largest urban public parks.

Outside the city – particularly to the east and south – we can see circular areas cut out of the forest to make space for villages.

[ESA]