Landsat 8 Swath Animation

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The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has created a video animation describing how Landsat 8 orbits the Earth. The video explains the 16-day cycle for capturing imagery of the entire world.


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Length: 00:01:04

Location Taken: Sioux Falls, SD, US


As we orbit the sun,
Landsat 8 positions itself

to capture imagery in direct sunlight.

It’s called a sun synchronous orbit.

And it happens every 99 minutes,

and about 14 times a day.

As Landsat travels
from the north pole to the south,

it’s capturing data over
a 115 mile wide “swath” 

So every day we add 14 swaths. 

And over 16 days

we complete a full picture of our planet.

And we start the cycle again

to watch global changes as they happen.