Easter Island from space
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Easter Island, which was named on Easter Sunday when Europeans arrived in the 1700s.
Located off the west coast of South America, the remote Chilean island is also called Rapa Nui by its original inhabitants.
The island is famous for hundreds of mysterious monolithic stone statues called Moai. Many of the statues are located on the southeast coast near the Rano Raraku volcano.
Most of the island’s residents live in the main town and harbor on the west coast, Hanga Roa. The town is clearly visible in this image, which was captured on April 7, 2019 by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission.
Video Credit: European Space Agency