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Best satellite images of 2016: A pale blue dot

Twenty-six years ago a set of images were taken that provided a unique view of Earth and helped highlight the fragility of our existence, and the importance of our stewardship. As the Voyager 1 planetary spacecraft went beyond the orbit of Pluto on February 14, 1990, it took one last look at Earth. Three exposures, each one in a different filter, contained a very small and faint Earth. The late astronomer Carl Sagan eloquently tried to express how he felt about this photo in his book Pale Blue Dot: “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives…” Inspired by this we bring to you 12 best satellite imageries by DigitalGlobe . These beautiful images take you beyond the ideologies, races, religions and so on and aggregate the feeling of oneness.

12Gulf Coast of Florida

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Cape Coral is located on the Gulf coast of Florida, across the Caloosahatchee River from Fort Myers. The city was founded in 1957 and developed as a master-planned, pre-platted community.

11Jumeirah Village

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Jumeirah Village is a development in Dubai with a series of villages connected through open landscaped areas. Although the original development called for over 6,000 townhomes, much of the project remains unfinished.

10Galešnjak

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Galešnjak in Croatia or the ‘Lover’s Island’ is an uninhabited island located in the Pašman channel of the Adriatic Sea.

9The Great Blue Hole

8Lady of the North

7Mexico City

6Out of Many, One

5AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort

4Turbine Interchange

3Uruguaiana

2Palmanova

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Palmanova is a town in northeastern Italy. The city was initially started as a fortress built by the Venetian empire in the 16th and 17th centuries to prevent attacks from Austrian and Turkish forces. Palmanova was founded in 1593, but its construction took about a century to complete. Built in a concentric star formation, the town consists of three rings, which were built in stages. The entire town is enclosed in a circular area with a circumference of 4.3 miles (7 km). This is surrounded by a moat, with nine arrow-shaped inter-connected ramparts that protruded out of the town so that the points could defend each other. Entrance to the town is allowed through three guarded gates.

1City of St. Petersburg

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The city of St. Petersburg is located on Florida’s Gulf coast. With an average of 361 days of sunshine each year and a Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days), it is nicknamed ‘The Sunshine City.’