Image Cache: If you like jigsaws, you’d love to be on the team at the European Space Agency that created this image. Made up of 7000 separate files — totalling 32 TB of data — the picture provides a completely cloud-free view of the whole of Africa.
Browse through the cool photos, animations and diagrams in Gizmodo’s Image Cache here.
Each of the vaguely vertical strips in the image was collected by the ESA’s Sentinel-2A satellite and measures 290km wide. The majority of the images were collected between December 2015 and April 2016. And the space agency is pretty proud of the feat: It says that “being able to capture the Tropics cloud-free over the five months is remarkable”.