A Fresh Perspective

November 15, 2019
COURTESY MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES; INSET: JESSICA MALAFOURIS, 2016

Have you ever wondered what Earth looks like from space? Thanks to satellite technology—and a new book—you can see the world from high above. Overview: A New Way of Seeing Earth is filled with photographs taken from satellites. It shows the natural and man-made structures, colors, and shapes that make up our planet.

The image of Grand Prismatic Spring, in Yellowstone National Park (above), is a great example. “Being able to see the colors helps explain the science of it,” says Benjamin Grant, who wrote the book and chose the photos. “The water in the middle is clear, bright blue. That’s because it’s so hot in the middle that nothing can grow. Just reading about it in a textbook, it wouldn’t make as much sense.”

Grant hopes the images can help visual learners understand the geography of Earth. He told TIME for Kids, “I hope it gets people to be curious and excited about the planet and how we need to protect it.”