Hitch a ride with a satellite as it takes flight over the Arctic on the summer solstice.
In the Arctic summer, there are days when the sun never sets. This period of extended sunlight offers the chance to observe long expanses of Earth’s northern latitudes from space. On June 21, 2014—the summer solstice—the Operational Land Imager on the USGS-NASA Landsat 8 satellite acquired an image swath that exhibits the Arctic’s sunlit, although sometimes cloud-covered, land and ocean features. The swath in its entirety stretches roughly 4,200 miles long by 120 miles wide. The scenes begin in Scandinavia, track across Greenland, and end in western Canada. Watch the video to fly along on a tour of Arctic landscapes.