PLANET EXPLORER BETA

Time travel at your fingertips.

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Planet Explorer Beta lets you discover and browse recent imagery directly in your web browser. Complete with search, metafilters, and a powerful timeline navigator, Explorer is the easiest way to see the planet change over time.

BROWSE EARTH’S TIMELINE

Earth’s landmass as it changes through the seasons; Jan-Dec 2016.

Navigate through Planet Explorer Beta’s timeline to view monthly and quarterly basemaps and see how your areas of interest have changed over time.

EASILY MONITOR AREAS OF INTEREST

Natural disaster responders revisit imagery of the Santa Cruz Mountains to monitor revegetation after September 2016’s Loma Fire.

Save search functionality makes it easy to revisit parts of the planet you’d like to keep an eye on. Search for an area of interest, apply metadata filters, and save for future access. You can also enable alerts to get notifications when new imagery your area of interest becomes available.

SEE CHANGE, DAY OVER DAY

Side-by-side imagery of Rio Grande do Sul’s agricultural region shows crop fields change before and after the 2016 sugarcane harvest.

Planet Explorer Beta’s “Compare days” feature enables side-by-side comparison of imagery within your area of interest. Drag and drop imagery from the dates you’d like to compare and move the slider to see change.

OUR IMAGERY, IN YOUR HANDS

EXPLORE PLANET BASICS

Search and explore timelapse basemaps of the entire planet. Browse full-zoom imagery within the United States and limited-zoom imagery globally.

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GET HANDS ON

Explore daily imagery of Earth, download from our Open California archive, build on the Planet API, and develop new use cases for high-cadence satellite imagery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Planet Explorer Beta?

Planet Explorer Beta is a web interface used to search and browse Planet’s imagery archive. Our web application is built on top of the Planet API is designed to make daily satellite imagery more accessible to customers, researchers, and the public at large.

What can I do in Planet Explorer Beta?

Within our web interface, you can:
  • Explore quarterly and monthly basemaps of your subscription area and the United States at full-zoom (3-5m/px) and the rest of the world at limited-zoom (30-40m/px)
  • Search and browse up to daily imagery of your subscription area and the United States at full-zoom (3-5m/px) and the rest of the world at limited-zoom (30-40m/px)
  • Compare side-by-side imagery from different dates, with the “Compare days” tool
  • Save your searches and set up alerts to be notified when new imagery has been added to your area of interest
  • Upload your own geometry file formats (Shapefile, GeoJSON, KML, or WKT) to view areas of interest
  • Access RapidEye and PlanetScope imagery (3 and 4 band options), PlanetScope Basic imagery, Landsat 8 and Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery

What imagery and zoom levels can I access within Planet Explorer Beta?

Planet Explorer Beta Imagery Access

Visitor (No Login)Free Planet AccountCustomer Account
Timelapse Basemaps
View quarterly and monthly timelapse basemapsGlobal Zoom 12 (30-40m/px)
United States Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Global Zoom 12 (30-40m/px)
United States Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Global Zoom 12 (30-40m/px)
United States Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Subscription Area Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Imagery Catalog
View daily imageryGlobal Zoom 12 (30-40m/px)
United States Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Global Zoom 12 (30-40m/px)
United States Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Subscription Area Zoom 15 (3-5m/px)
Download daily imageryOpen California datasetOpen California dataset
Subscription Area

* Basemaps are not yet available for download through Planet Explorer. Customers may access purchased basemaps through Mosaics Explorer.

If you’re a researcher, scientist or non-profit, take a look at our Ambassador program. You may qualify for additional access to Planet’s imagery, depending on how you plan to use our data.
If you’re a member of the press and interested in broader access, please reach out to press@planet.com.