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This is what Burning Man 2016 looks like from space

Satellite image of burning man from Landsat 8
Landsat 8 data processed by David Yanofsky
Like a phoenix, or rather, uh, Black Rock.
  • David Yanofsky
By David Yanofsky

Editor of code, visuals, and data

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Burning Man, the annual countercultural festival that brings tens of thousands of revelers to the Nevada desert, begins tomorrow. But it’s clear from satellite imagery the work on constructing a temporary city is well underway.

Data from satellite images processed by Quartz show that as of the most recently available Landsat 8 images on Aug. 23 there are visible roads and structures on the playa.

The event is traditionally popular amongst employees of San Francisco-based tech companies, but has gained wider appeal in recent years. Attendees descend on the remote location construct all sorts of structures to live and play in for a week, then go home, attempting to leave no trace of ever having been there.

Here’s what the same location looked a month ago, on July 22:

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