Place de la Nation

Paris, France

48°50′54″N 2°23′45″E


Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of Paris, France today for a rally and march in a show of unity and defiance after a series of terrorist attacks struck the city this week. In a statement, French president Francois Hollande said: "Paris is today the capital of the world. Our entire country will rise up and show its best side.” The Place de la Nation, seen here, served as the destination of today’s march. Our thoughts are with everyone in Paris during this difficult time.



Stelvio Pass

Northern Alps, Italy

46°31′43″N 10°27′10″E


The Stelvio Pass is a road in northern Italy that is the highest paved roadway in the Eastern Alps with an elevation of 2,757 m (9,045 ft) above sea level. Only accessible in the summer months (June-September), the road and its 75 hairpin turns are sometimes scaled during the famous Giro d’Italia cycling race.



New York City at night

New York City, New York, USA

40°42′46″N 74°00′21″W


The New York City metropolitan area is the largest in the United States with approximately 23.5 million inhabitants. Seen here at night from the International Space Station, the island of Manhattan is visible in the middle of the image with Central Park, darker than its surroundings, aptly positioned at its center.



Cube Houses

Rotterdam, Netherlands

51°55′13″N 4°29′26″E


The Cube Houses in Rotterdam, Netherlands consist of 38 small cubes and two ‘super-cubes’ connected together. Each cube is titled at a 45 degree angle and rests upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. Designed by architect Piet Blom, the concept represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.



Pineapple Garden Maze

Wahiawa, Hawaii, USA

21.525122225°, -158.037101773°


The Pineapple Garden Maze at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, Hawaii, USA is one of the world’s largest mazes. The labyrinth stretches over three acres and includes nearly two and a half miles of paths crafted from 14,000 plants.



Plow markings

Arrorio Grande, Brazil

32°15′16″S 53°5′13″W


Spiral markings, caused by plows, are visible on the farmlands in the winter months outside of Arroio Grande, Brazil.



Nile River Delta


30°54′N 31°7′E


The Nile River Delta covers approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) of the Egyptian coastline and the region contains about half of Egypt’s 80 million people. Since the delta no longer receives an annual supply of nutrients and sediments from upstream due to the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the soil of the floodplains has become poorer and large amounts of fertilizer are now used. Additionally, rising sea levels (that carry salty water) are destroying farms and an estimated 30-centimeter rise by 2025 is expected to flood an additional 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of land.



Magdeburg Water Bridge

Magdeburg, Germany

52°13′51″N 11°42′05″E


The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in central Germany. As the largest bridge of its kind in Europe, it spans the Elbe River to directly connect two canals, allowing large commercial ships to pass between the Rhineland and Berlin without having to descend into and then out of the Elbe. The structure was built with 24,000 tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete.



Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg, Russia

59°57′N 30°18′E

Saint Petersburg, Russia is located on the Neva River on the Baltic Sea. With its intricate web of canals in the city center, Saint Petersburg is often called "Venice of the North." It is the country's second largest city with approximately 5 million inhabitants.



Typhoon Hagupit

Western Pacific Ocean


Inspired by a lecture we attended yesterday at the American Museum of Natural History,  we’re zooming out quite a bit today to share this photo of Typhoon Hagupit over the western Pacific Ocean from December 5 of this year. The storm, which slammed into Philippines two days later, had winds that reached 180 miles per hour.

Source: 2014 EUMETSAT