There is a reason why we love satellite images so much. They offer us a perspective that we just can't get ourselves. And it's about more than just being high up above the Earth.
Satellites are also equipped with lenses and sensors that exceed the power of our own vision. They offer us a superhuman view of our surroundings—whether they be of our own planet or of the depths of the universe!
Today, we're giving you a look at both of these things. That's because the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) recently released an incredible collection of aerial pictures of national parks. So cool!
And, earlier this week, NASA released their first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, one of the most powerful deep space telescopes ever launched!
A taste of home, and a taste of the edges of the universe. Wow!
National Parks, from above
There are 48 national parks in Canada. These official reserves are designed to both protect and preserve the country's natural beauty, all while giving people a chance to experience landscape and wildlife up close.
Have you ever visited one? From coast to coast to coast, across mountains and plains, forests and tundra, rivers and oceans, they are all amazing! Not only are they beautiful in person, they are also spectacular from up above.
To showcase this, the CSA challenged 31 different organizations to use satellite images to make 'Satellite Art' with photos of these national parks. These groups aren't artists—usually they handle data and scientific research. But the results they got are stunning. Some of the satellite images were left as is, while others have been enhanced with colours or additional images.
Here are just a few of the entries!
Of course, we can't show all of the entries here, but for a taste of some of the others, check out the YouTube video below!
Messages from space
We also promised you images of deep space, too. And they are worth the wait, believe us!
The James Webb Space Telescope is a revolutionary craft that is the most powerful space telescope ever launched. It is designed to read infrared radiation, a type of light that is just below what we can see with the naked eye. What are we missing out on? Turns out, a LOT!
Though it was launched last December, these are the first ever images captured by the telescope to be released to the public. Get ready to be blown away!
These are beautiful!