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Beautiful Satellite Photos Of Gran Canaria & The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands from space on December 31, 2015 The Canary Islands from space on December 31, 2015 NASA

The Canary Islands have fascinated astronomers for centuries, but they always looked up. Now that we have satellites we can see what the Canary Islands look like from space. Here're some of the most spectacular photos of the Canary Islands from high in the sky.

Dawn over the Canary Islands

Night falls across Africa but it's still day time in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands

Gran Canaria sen from directly overhead

Gran Canaria seen from directly overhead showing the deep valleys or barrancos carved by millions of years of flowing water.

Calm water trails

Calm water trails to the south of the Canary islands caused by the Trade Winds blowing from the north.

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Von Karman vortices caused by the Trade Winds swirling to the south of the Canary Islands.

Maspalomas

Maspalomas beach, dunes and resort seen from above.

Dust swirl around the Canary Islands

Giant dust swirl over the Atlantic: Saharan dust is a vital fertilizer for the Amazon rainforest on the other side of the ocean.

The Canary Islands at night

The Canary Islands at night: In Gran Canaria you can see how most people live in the north east, but that the resorts also shine bright.

The Canary Islands bubble of sunshine

The Canary Islands in their bubble of sunshine: The highlands push the cloud around the island giving the Canaries their almost perpetual sunshine.

Forest firesWhen the pine forests in the highlands of Gran and Tenerife burn the plumes of smoke are visible from space.

Clear skies over the Canary Islands

Often, there isn't a cloud in the sky anywhere near the Canary Islands.

The space shuttle with Tenerife in the background

The space shuttle with Tenerife in the background

El Hierro eruption

In 2011, a volcano erupted under the sea just south of El Hierro island and the stain was visible for weeks.

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