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How can I find the acquisition time for an image?

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How can I find the acquisition time for an image?


Landsat descending (daytime) acquisitions run from north to south, and crosses the equator between 10:00 am and 10:25 am local time on each pass to provide maximum illumination.

The exact acquisition start and stop times for each scene are listed in the visible metadata on EarthExplorer, GloVis or the LandsatLook Viewer. Landsat data acquisition times are expressed in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) standard.


Landsat represents the world's longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. Four decades of imagery provides a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. Landsat images are also invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.


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