Image of the Week - Landsat's View of the Boston Marathon

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This is a view of the route the Boston Marathon will take, as seen from Landsat 8.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

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Length: 00:00:53

Location Taken: Boston, MA, US


The 122nd Boston Marathon,
the oldest annual marathon

in the world, takes place on
April 16, 2018.

This Landsat 8 image shows
the April landscape of eastern

Massachusetts, before vegetation
has greened up. The yellow line

indicates the point-to-point
route that the marathon follows.

The large urban area of Boston
is on the right. Bright spots

are other neighborhoods,
towns, and cities. 

About 30,000 runners will
begin the 26.2-mile race in

Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The
route takes them eastward through

eight towns and cities, through
suburban Boston, and finally to

downtown Boston and the finish
line near Old South Church

on Boylston Street.