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Posted on March 5th, 2019

Your Imagery Work Break – 2018 Black Nazarene Procession

(Images Courtesy: DigitalGlobe. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved panchromatic accuracy and clarity.)

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The Ides of March are upon us! But fear not as at one time the ides just referred to the first full Moon of the month J So before you head outside to see when that full Moon might arrive this month, check out this black and white 50-centimeter (cm) WorldView-1 image collected over the 2018 Black Nazarene Procession in Manila, Philippines. While not a widely known event in the United States, the Black Nazarene Procession draws hundreds of thousands of devote Christian marchers each year to celebrate the 1787 transfer of a mesquite wooden sculpture of Jesus (you can find out more about the annual event here). Held annually on January 9th, the 6.5-kilometer (about 4-mile) march follows a slightly different route each year, starting at Rizal Park and ending at the Quiapo Church (here is the 2018 parade route). According to tradition, the annual parade lasts up to 22 hours so we fully expected to see thousands of people clogging the streets in this uncommon cloud-free image of Manila collected on January 10, 2018 by WorldView-1, but alas that was not the case. Either way, this high-off nadir image – meaning it is more of a side view – of Manila is very cool so we hope you enjoy it!

Have a great rest of your workday!

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