When I go to openstreetmap.org, I see a map without satellite view. If I edit the map, I see the satellite view. Is it possible to see the satellite map WITHOUT editing the map?

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Not here. OpenStreetMap does not have any satellite imagery itself.

Our main provider of satellite imagery is Bing, Microsoft's mapping service. You can go to www.bing.com/maps to see these satellite images unencumbered by OSM data.

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answered 03 Aug '11, 17:21

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Note that bing satellite imagery (the one used in the potlach editor) isn't on the main website for legal reasons, not technical ones. OSM received an exceptional authorisation from Microsoft to use the imagery for editing only, not for viewing/redistribution.

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See https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2010/11/30/microsoft-imagery-details/ for the announcement and terms of Bing-tracing authorisation.

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MapQuest Open uses various open-licensed aerials such as NAIP on their site.

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There are some map compare tools like

where one can compare OSM maps against a wide range of third party maps and satellite imagery.

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) itself does not offer/is not about satellite image layers. OSM is just about map data. However, since this map data can be freely used (while respecting the license), many services exist which offer a satellite/aerial imagery layer and OSM-based layers (at some you can overlay OSM-based transparent maps over sat images).

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