Orbital View: Jewels in the Desert

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

The first is near Abu Dhabi:

The second comes from Nevada:

If you’re a New Yorker, or simply visited the city last fall, you may have seen an art installation next to the fountain at Lincoln Center featuring footage of the Crescent Dunes Solar Project. Here’s a video overview with the artist, John Gerrard. I stood in front of “Solar Reserve” for about a half-hour at night and was totally transfixed—much like I am scrolling through photos at Daily Overview.