Orbital View: Our Backyard

The headquarters of The Atlantic is just out of frame here, just below the middle part of the bottom edge of this stunning image of downtown DC:

The caption from Daily Overview:

The urban plan for Washington, D.C.—the L’Enfant Plan—was developed in 1791 by Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant for George Washington, the first President of the United States. L’Enfant designed a compass-aligned grid for the city’s streets, with intersecting diagonal avenues that were later named after the states of the union. The diagonal avenues also intersect with the north-south and east-west streets at circles and rectangular plazas in order to create more open, green spaces. Lastly, L’Enfant laid out a 400 foot-wide (122 meter) garden-lined “grand avenue”—what is now know as the National Mall—that connects the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial (the latter two are visible at right in this Overview).

By the way, if you happen to know of any good Instagram accounts using satellite photography, please send them our way.