Google Announces Clear Skies for Google Maps and Earth [Images]

Posted June 26, 2013 at 11:29pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12979 views

Google announced new satellite imagery for all Google mapping products today that virtually eliminates clouds, includes refreshed imagery for regions of the world where high-resolution imagery is not yet available, and offers a more comprehensive and accurate view of the texture of our planet's landscape.

In 2002 NASA released the Blue Marble, a global image of the earth with a resolution of one kilometer per pixel, based on data from NASA’s MODIS instrument. Updated in 2005 to twice the resolution, it has remained the canonical globally-uniform picture of the earth for over a decade. With the Blue Marble as inspiration, we used Google Earth Engine technology to mine hundreds of terabytes of data from the USGS’s and NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite. The result is a seamless, globally-consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of 15 meters per pixel, far finer than is possible with MODIS data alone.

Check out a few images below or hit the link for more information on how Google created the imagery.

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Raleigh - June 27, 2013 at 11:32am
What is with the lines that look like a grill?
80s_hipster - June 27, 2013 at 3:49am
Now I can see the outside of my house from the comfort of my couch. Gotta love technology
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