How can we interpret image file names and ID numbers?

Planet uses different naming schemes for different types of images.
The following will explain how you can interpret the different IDs.



PlanetScope scene names are composed of a date, time and satellite ID number. In certain instances they may also have a unique identifier.

20151027_120254_0b1f is composed of 2015-10-27 (date), 12:02:54 (UTC time) and 0b1f (satellite ID).

In cases where two images were captured in the same second, an extra uniquely-identifying counter is added to distinguish between the images.

20151027_145652_1_0b0d is composed of 2015-10-27 (date), 14:56:52 (UTC time),  1 (counter) and 0b0d (satellite ID).



RapidEye images are composed of a date, time, tile ID number and a satellite ID number.

20150920_025548_5150424_RapidEye-3 is from 2015-09-20 (date), 02:55:48 (UTC time), 5150424 (tile ID) and RapidEye-3 (satellite ID).

The tile ID that is part of the RapidEye file name corresponds to the rapideye.tile_id element in the scene metadata. If you wish to locate the tile ID number spatially, there is a reference Shapefile and KML files on the RapidEye website:


Landsat 8

Landsat images use the original naming scheme devised by the USGS, which can be found here.


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