This time last year,of the Netherlands. is now an imperative during the , so the European Space Agency (ESA) figured the world might like to appreciate 2020’s tulips from a safe stretch away — in space.
ESA shared a GIF on Thursday showing the tulip fields around the town of Lisse coming into bloom between April 5 and April 20. Rectangles of bright colors emerge in the view from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite.
“Lasting just a few weeks, the beauty of these colors normally attracts millions of visitors from all over the world,” ESA said. “Sadly, this is not the case this year, as the COVID-19 crisis means that people cannot travel and even locals are actively discouraged from visiting the fields.”
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission monitors surface changes on Earth. It helps to track climate change and assess damage after disasters to aid emergency responses. Sometimes, it just gives us a reason for to appreciate the beauty below.
The tulip view from orbit is a very different perspective on what is normally a massive tourist event. There’s still plenty of charm to enjoy, even from so far away.