Google Update Maps and Earth with high-resolution imagery

Google has just improved the quality of aerial and terrain view of Google Maps and Google Earth with higher-resolution images from Landsat 8 satellite and with the new processing techniques for sharper images.

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With the fresh imagery form Landsat 8 combined with Google’s new processing techniques, users can now enjoy and have a better experience in checking out the aerial view and terrain whenever they navigate using Maps or Earth. Take a look at the image below comparing New York City terrain view before and after the change.

Google Maps old image of New York
Captured imagery of New York City before the Landsat 8 and new processing technique implementation.
Google Maps new image of New York
The latest shot of New York City expressing the details like skyscrapers, building shadows and baseball and softball fields in Central Park.

Landsat 8 was launched into orbit in 2013 and is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program.

“Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency—capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available — mostly from Landsat 8 — making it our freshest global mosaic to date.” – Google

Massive amount of satellite data was needed to produce the new high quality imagery having to create a mosaic of nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery which is equivalent to more than 700 trillion individual pixels.

Fun Facts: 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.

You can get Google Maps for free as well as Google Earth for iOS in the App Store for the iPhone and iPad users.

For Android users, you can download Google Maps and Google Earth free of charge in Google Play Store.

For those who already have the latest update, share us what do you feel with the latest high-resolution imagery Google has rolled out in the comments below.

Source: Google