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Posted on September 12th, 2023

Your Imagery Work Break – Burning Man 2022

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September’s here, and we’re ready for the weather to start cooling off and those brisk, colorful autumn days. For your work break today, grab a yummy drink (is it too early for a Pumpkin Spice Latte?) and take a stroll outside. While grabbing your drink, take a moment to check out this 30-centimeter (cm) Pléiades Neo 4 image collected over Black Rock City, Nevada at about 11:58 AM local time (Pacific Daylight Time) on August 29, 2022. This image was captured during the 2022 Burning Man Festival!

Every year, Burning Man takes place at the end of summer in Nevada’s remote Black Rock Desert. The 2022 Burn ran from August 28th through September 5th. The inaugural Burning Man took place in 1986 on a San Francisco beach, where some friends created a wooden figure, and dragged it onto the beach to burn on the Summer Solstice. As the sculpture burned, a curious crowd gathered to watch the inferno. The legend of the Burn was born. Since then, the event has grown exponentially, attracting as many as 70,000 people each year.

Today, Burning Man takes place annually in Black Rock, Nevada, on what Burners (festival goers) refer to as “the playa”. The festival focuses on the core themes of community, self-expression, self-reliance, and art during each of its events. The name of the event stems from its final ceremony, the burning of a large wooden humanoid statue, known as the Man, on the last night of the festival. The festival relies on 10 Principles to govern each event and create the spirit of magic that pervades it. Burners attend the festival in magnificent costumes, explore the incredible works of art around the playa and connect to each other among the desert sands. To see some of the amazing costumes and art from the 2022 festival, click here and here.

This 30-cm Pléiades Neo 4 image was collected on the morning of August 29th, second day of the 2022 Burning Man.

Have a great rest of your workday! 😊

(Image Courtesy: Airbus. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)

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