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You just got back from lunch and well, you are a bit sluggish, so you need a break! Before you head on that break, take a few minutes to check out the 50-centimeter color WorldView-2 images here collected over Beijing, China on August 27, 2015. And while this date might not stand out as anything out of the ordinary, in the world of imagery it is. You see, on a normal day in Beijing, the sky is typically grey – not from fog, but from a thick layer of pollution created by the region’s cars, factories, etc. However, a city covered in a fog of grey pollution is not how you want to greet more than 30 delegates from around the world for one of the country’s iconic parades marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in World War II. So in preparation for the event, China shut down a number of factories, limited traffic and much more for about a month to reduce the haze; and the resulting clear blue skies were perfect to collect the crisp, colorful, detailed satellite imagery you see here!
Have a great rest of your workday! J