By Erika Owen
July 31, 2015
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Credit: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA

For the past month, the European Space Agency has been sharing photos of the world from the Sentinel-2A satellite. Many of the images have been altered to show agriculture or heating patterns using infrared technology. All scientific uses aside, the photographs are stunning enough to display on a wall, looking more like abstract art in some cases than actual land masses.

From an aerial view of Mount Vesuvius to the firey dunes of Libya, take a look:

Credit: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA
Credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA
Credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA
Credit: Copernicus data (2015)/ESA
Credit: USGS/ESA
Credit: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.