How to View Imagery

last updated: November 16, 2022

Once you have defined an area of interest (AOI), you will see a panel open up on the left hand side. This panel allows you to search for data using filters, date ranges and type of imagery you are interested in.


You can choose your imagery cadence. Daily imagery will result in Scenes while all other cadences will result in Basemaps.


There are options to change Filter settings to narrow down the image results. These filters can be changed whenever needed. To return to the imagery list, click "Back" in the top left.

Filters are grouped according to imagery capabilities, PlanetScope filters, environmental conditions, and other attributes. These groups are collapsible for easy navigation.

Once you are finished selecting your filters, click "Apply Filters." You can also "Clear Filters" to start over.


When using filters for environmental conditions, you can enter exact values or use a slider.




Date Ranges

You can select the date range for your imagery search results. Next to filters, there is a link for adjusting Dates (shown by a calendar icon).

When you click Dates, an interactive "Edit Date Ranges" window appears. You can remove the current date range filter, or leave it and add other dates of interest.

Make changes and click "Save Date Ranges" in the bottom right corner.


Search Results

Once you have selected your filters, you will see a list of search results displaying imagery available according to your parameters. Each search result represents a group of available imagery. On each search result, you will see a thumbnail image, the date those images were taken, the percentage of area coverage for your area of interest, the pixel resolution, and in some cases, an icon notifying you if the image is partially orthorectified. Partially rectified imagery is considered test quality.

If you click the arrow on the right hand side of the search result, the tooltip will read View Details. This will expand the grouping so that you will see all of the images taken on that date. The images are grouped by satellite. You will see an icon with the instrument filter as shorthand for each satellite constellation. You can inspect imagery more granularly at this step by selecting and deselecting entire groups of imagery or single images.

You can click the information symbol (i) to see metadata about that specific image.


Overlay Layers Toggle

In the toolstack on the bottom right hand corner of the screen, you will see the overlay toggle button. You can use this button to adjust what you see on the map.

If you click the "Street Labels" toggle, you can turn the text labels on and off on the map. If the indicator is teal, the toggle is on.

If you click the "Satellite View" toggle, you can turn the contextual satellite layer on and off on the map. Please note: using this contextual layer doesn't count against how many tiles you've streamed. If the indicator is teal, the toggle is on.

Zoom Tools

You will see a Zoom tools stack at the bottom right hand of the page, which allows you to navigate around your map view.

The "+" and "-" allow you to zoom out. If you hover over these arrows, you will see your current zoom level. You can also see your current zoom level and how it translates to meters / pixel at the bottom of the screen.

The globe pictograph gives you context about where you are looking. The teal dot represents your current focus.

Additional zoom tools allow you to quickly zoom into an AOI or out to the whole world. From left to right, the tools are:

  • Zoom to AOI (aka Rubberband Zoom): Allows you to draw a rectangle to zoom into that area, the rectangle is not permanent but an indicator of what extent to zoom into.
  • Zoom out to World: Allows you to zoom back out to the largest zoom level.


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