Let's be real: It's been a pretty stressful year. The tragedies never seem end. Harambe was shot dead in front of children. David Bowie and Prince died unexpectedly. Oh yeah, and the US elected a screaming giant cheese wedge to be the next president. All of this bad news might want to make you just run away for a while. Now, there's an easier way to do it.
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Have you taken a look at the terrain view in Google Maps recently? It's prettier than ever, with updated imagery from the USGS Landsat 8 satellite showing truer colours and more detail, with a new algorithm searching through a petabyte — 1000 terabytes, 1,000,000 gigabytes — of imaging data for cloud-free photos.
For as long as there has been graffiti, the hastily scribbled (or lovingly detailed) penis has taken pride of place on the alley walls, bathrooom stalls and not-quite-set concrete that surround our daily lives.
Six months after it was created, you can now view a contemporary example of what could possible be the oldest art tradition in the history of civilisation, from space. And it's all thanks to Google Earth, a southwest Sydney school oval and an unidentified artist. Not everyone is happy about it though.
You've been able to explore interesting corners of Mars for years using Google Earth. However, NASA just one-upped the search giant with a data-rich interactive map that lets you peek into every nook and cranny, from the miles-high volcanoes to the sperm-shaped valleys. You can even reproduce them with a 3D printer!
Exactly 10 years ago, Google uploaded an announcement to its press page: Google Launches Free 3D Mapping and Search Product!
Google Earth turns 10 today, and to celebrate, the engineering team added 1500 new images to its great Earth View project, where it collects the most compelling images recorded by its source satellites.
Satellite imagery has become a part of our daily digital lives; we use stills of our planet to navigate to the mall, for goodness sake. But when those images are moving, the result is so stunning that it's almost magical. UrtheCast has released the first full-colour HD video of Earth shot from the International Space Station. And it's just freaking gorgeous.
In January, Google decided to make Google Earth Pro free for everyone — that means we can all make use of features that previously cost $US400 a year, and one of those features is the ability to record HD video of your tours. From floating along the Grand Canyon to zooming into your local neighbourhood, here's how to record your own fly-throughs using the software.
Google Earth Pro, the premium version of Google's popular Google Earth service, is now free. Google sliced the price from $US400 a year, so this is a pretty solid deal. If you like to make 3D measurements or create HD videos of virtual trips around the world, I'd jump on this. You can download the software key directly from Google and start an online global journey.
Remember how we told you that the resolution of Google Maps' satellite images would soon be doubled? Well, today we're seeing the first of those images pop up, and they are indeed a noticeable improvement. New York and San Francisco are the first to get the high-res 3D treatment, but we should see this update rolling out for more cities around the world in 2015.
Want to use some damning images from Google Earth to back up your case in a lawsuit? Right now it's not quite that easy. Which is why a satellite imaging specialist and space lawyer (actual thing) have just formed what is about to become every NASA-loving kid's dream job: the world's very first space detective agency.
Today, Skybox Imaging announced it's being bought by Google for a cool $US500 million in cash. Known for its high-resolution satellite imagery and video, Skybox's fleet of satellites could make Google Earth a whole lot crisper — and help fulfil Google's vision of worldwide satellite-based internet access.
What do you get when Google, the University of Maryland, and NASA's Landsat 7 satellite team up? A very sobering view of man's impact on the earth. It only took us 12 years to destroy all that forest.
The Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin's findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360-degree imagery on Street View.
Google Street View has something of a history for catching us in our more — uh, delicate states. And our more defecatory states. And our more dead states. While the latter is mostly just depressing, the rest are almost always delightful. Luckily for us, Captain-Obviouss has kindly prompted his fellow Redditors to compile "the most WTF things" that Google's version of Earth has to offer. Here are our favourites so far.
Google Earth may give us a real, live view of what our blue marble actually looks like, but even reality could stand to be improved a bit now and then. So to make sure you get the beautiful summer you deserve — while you're sitting inside a dark room hunched over your computer screen — Google has taken steps to give you a new view of the world — totally cloud-free.