Athens Greece
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Athens, Greece

January 20, 2006
This ERS-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) multitemporal color composite image shows an area centered over the Greek administrative regions of Attica (the greater Athens area), Sterea Ellas (Central Greece), and Evvoia (Evia or Euboea). The city of Athens is visible as a bright white area center left of the image. To the southwest of the city is the natural harbor of Pires, on the Saronic Gulf, the capital's port, where intense naval traffic shown as colored dots (each dot corresponding to the date of acquisition) may be observed. Just southeast of the port of Pireas, the Faliro and Helliniko Olympic complexes have been constructed to host the 2004 games. Mount Hymettus, showing the characteristic foreshortening due to the look geometry of a right-looking radar instrument, lies between the center of Athens and the international airport. To the northeast is the mountainous island of Evvoia, the westernmost of the Cyclades groups and Greece's second largest island after Crete. The image is made of three ERS-2 SAR PRI (Precision Radar Image) images acquired on different dates and assigning a color (RGB) to each date of acquisition.

Dates of Acquisition (RGB): 31 January 2004, 31 May 2003, 31 September 2003

Technical Information:
  • Satellite: ERS
  • Instrument: SAR
  • Acquisition: 31-Jan-2004
  • Orbit nr: 45910
  • Center coordinates: lat. 37.80, lon. 24.15

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