Orbital View: Munich or Hoth?

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

This snowy scene evokes something out of Star Wars:

Fear not, young Jedis; it’s Earth. Anthony Quigley’s caption identifies the plot as Munich International Airport.

Anthony also posted visual evidence that, in summer, the airport takes on more earthly tones:

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