Though at first glance you could almost imagine you’re looking at a piece of modern art hanging in a gallery, these insanely nuanced and striking photos are actually part of a more scientific venture. The US Geological Survey has released the fourth collection from its “Earth as Art” project. The series is full of photos taken by the Landsat 8 satellite, a joint venture between the USGS and NASA. You’d be surprised to see the colorful, “out of this world” side to our very own planet. And it's all thanks to the satellite’s sensors that record infrared as well as visible wavelengths of light, showing Earth in a way we could never see it - as a total masterpiece. You can check out more images from the project on the USGS website.