Stunning 7,000-Image Satellite Mosaic of African Doesn't Have a Single Cloud

By Jamie Condliffe on at

If you like jigsaws, you’d love to be on the team at the European Space Agency that created this image. Made up of 7,000 separate files — totalling 32 terabytes of data — the picture provides a completely cloud-free view of the whole of Africa.

Each of the vaguely vertical strips in the image was collected by the ESA’s Sentinel-2A satellite and measures 180 miles wide. The majority of the images were collected between December 2015 and April 2016. And the space agency is pretty proud of the feat: it says that “being able to capture the Tropics cloud-free over the five months is remarkable”. [ESA]