A different perspective

Looking at things from directly above is very different from the normal way that we see things. But when we use satellite imagery, we have to get used to how things look from space. Try the following activity to see this difference.

There are two sets of pictures of places in the city of Ottawa and vicinity. One set was taken from an airplane, looking at things from an angle (obliquely, that is) — which is a more familiar way to see things. The other set was taken from satellite, looking at things from directly above — which we are not used to.

Task

Can you match each aerial photograph to its corresponding satellite image? To help you, we've shown on each satellite image, from where and in which direction the matching air photo was taken.

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Aerial photographs taken over Ottawa

Satellite images of Ottawa