Sentinel-2 imaging time

The Sentinel-2 handbook states that the imaging time is 10:30 am

and the image file has another time
which time should be considered?

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I edited it.

Timestamps are in UTC, so this may just be ~ 10:30 AM “mean local solar time” at the location of the image which is in UTM zone 38, so indeed several hours ahead of UTC.

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Thanks for your reply, but unfortunately I didn’t understand what you meant

The timestamp of the image is 20180802T073611. 07:36:11 is the time of the acquisition, in Universal Time Coordinates (UTC). That is the time at the 0 meridian (in Greenwich, England). Your image is for tile T38SPH, i.e. UTM zone 38, somewhere in the Iran-Irak-Turkey border area. That zone is about 3 hours ahead in local time, relative to UTC. Thus, local solar time is 10:36:11. QED.

The Descending Node is the “…point at which an orbiting body passes from the northern side of a reference plane to the southern side…” . In the case of Sentinel-2, this is the Equator. Thus, for Sentinel-2, the LTDN (Local Time of Descending Node) is also the Mean Local Solar Time (MLST).



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Does it mean the imaging time in our area (Iran) is 07:36?

Yes in UTC