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Google Earth imagery update, earthquake and fire

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:58:41 +0000

Google has recently updated the ‘historical imagery’ layer in Google Earth. Unfortunately, because the Google Earth Plugin/API was shut down last month we can no longer make maps of imagery updates. The Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand On November 14th, 2016, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand with an epicentre near […]

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Fun with Google Earth’s terrain exaggeration

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:10:05 +0000

If you ever get bored of Google Earth’s 3D imagery, then a fun thing to try is changing the ‘terrain exaggeration’. It is a setting found in Tools->Options->3D View->Terrain (PC) or Google Earth->Preferences->3D View->Terrain (Mac). This setting stretches or compresses the terrain vertically, and it also applies to Google Earth’s 3D imagery. It can give […]

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People in Google Earth’s 3D imagery

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:51:16 +0000

While exploring Google Earth’s 3D imagery, you will probably have noticed that even in the busiest cities, people are largely absent. This is because of the way the 3D imagery is captured. Based on previous analysis, the 3D imagery is captured by taking four images in rapid succession from an aircraft and then another four […]

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Record satellite launch allows Planet to image the planet daily

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:51:21 +0000

A record breaking launch by India, on February 15th, 2017, put 104 satellites into orbit, including some 88 ‘Dove’ satellites owned by satellite imaging company Planet. The previous record for ‘most satellites launched in one go’ was 39 satellites and was held by Russia. Read more about the launch here. PSLV-C37 at launch. Image credit: […]

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Oroville Dam crisis imagery

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:30:25 +0000

Over the past few days a crisis has played out surrounding the Oroville Dam in California. It started with a hole developing in the dam spillway (1). In response, the California Department of Water Resources closed the spillway on February 7. But due to high rainfall, the water levels in the dam kept rising until […]

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Google Earth VR wins a Lumiere Award

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:20:40 +0000

Google Earth VR was awarded the Century Award for VR in service of environmental enrichment. The Lumiere Awards (not to be confused with the Lumières Award (French film) or the Lumiere Awards (photography) ) are granted by the Advanced Imaging Society and recognise outstanding achievement in cutting edge content and technology. Google Earth VR is […]

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Street View comes to Ghana and Senegal

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:02:52 +0000

Google has recently added Street View for the countries Senegal and Ghana. Some of the imagery is as old as 2015. Street View coverage for Ghana. Street View coverage for Senegal. The Great Mosque of Touba, Senegal. See in Google Maps. Elmina Castle, Ghana. See in Google Maps Other countries in Africa with Street View […]

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Google Earth

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:36:08 +0000

Each year we celebrate Valentine’s Day by having a look at either heart shaped objects or romantic messages in Google Earth. Last year we had a look at heart shaped islands around the world. This year we are looking at some heart shapes formed in very different ways. A heart shaped fish trap on Cimei […]

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Protesting high speed rail with Google Earth

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:26:23 +0000

We recently came across this story about someone in the UK who decided to protest a planned high speed rail line that will go past his house by writing a message in his back yard. The high speed rail line is named HS2. He got the ‘2’ back to front by mistake. Download this KML […]

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February 10/11, 2017 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse and Comet

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:00:03 +0000

There will be a penumbral lunar eclipse this weekend on February 10 or 11 depending on which part of the world you live in. For studying eclipses, we used to recommend a site called ‘HeyWhatsThat’ but it used the Google Earth API/plugin, which was discontinued last month. Another site by Xavier M. Jubier that offers […]

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