Science

2013's top 20 images of planet Earth
A constellation of five satellites from DigitalGlobe has collected more than one billion square kilometers of imagery of Planet Earth this year -- but which is the single best image? Scan through the top 20 here, then vote for your favorite on DigitalGlobe's Facebook page.

DigitalGlobe_2013_21a

Which of the following 20 images do you think is the best of the year? 

DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_1a

Jan. 6, 2013: Fires are seen in a false-color image of Dunalley, Australia (red = healthy vegetation).

DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_2a

May 26, 2013: The Citadel of Aleppo, a medieval fortified palace in Syria.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_3a

April 22, 2013: It's not a snake! It's the Colorado River in Utah, seen from the skies.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_4a

Aug. 20, 2013: The Palace of Versailles in France, looking for all the world like a soldier itself.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_5a

April 22, 2013: Australia's Great Barrier Reef stands out against the blue ocean.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_10a

Feb. 19 2013: The volatile Mount Vesuvius, in Naples, Italy.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_15a

March 17, 2013: Site of the 2014 Winter Olympics: Sochi, Russia.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013a

April 28, 2013: The massive Cambambe Dam, on the Cuanza River in Angola.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_11a

May 13, 2013: The Sossusvlie area of the Namib Desert, Namibia, looks practically inviting from miles overhead.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_7a

Feb. 16, 2013: Galenjak -- the Island of Love -- in Croatia.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_8a

May 9, 2013: A giant rubber duck sits in the harbor in Hong Kong, China.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_9a

March 22, 2013: Manam Volcano rumbles and steams in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_12a

Feb. 13, 2013: Arlit Uranium Mine in Niger, Africa.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_16a

May 26, 2013: Schooner Cays, Bahamas.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_14a

March 4, 2013: An artificial island spanning nearly four million sq meters in Doha, Qatar.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_17a

July 19, 2013: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia and Gulliver Park with an enormous fiberglass model of Lemuel Gulliver trapped in Valencia, Spain.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_6a

Feb. 13, 2013: A massive "green tide" seen near the city of Sur, Oman.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_13a

Sept. 29, 2013: This new island was created by an earthquake in Pakistan -- it sits just off the Gwadar coast.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_18a

Nov. 3, 2013: "Wish," a large-scale art work in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe_2013_19a

Sept. 24, 2013: Shiyuan Park in Xian, China.
DigitalGlobe

2013's top 20 images of planet Earth

A constellation of five satellites from DigitalGlobe has collected more than one billion square kilometers of imagery of Planet Earth this year -- but which is the single best image? Scan through the top 20 here, then vote for your favorite on DigitalGlobe's Facebook page.

More From Our Sponsors