Google Earth and Maps updated with sharper satellite imagery

Google has rolled out an update of the satellite imagery on both apps; Google Maps and Google Earth with more detail and better colours.

Using the Landsat 8 satellite which was launched in 2013, images are captured 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 the freshest global mosaic to date.  .

Google says the map was compiled from “nearly a petabyte of data,” mining over 700 trillion individual pixels to find the best cloudless images to use. You can see the new and improved service now in both apps — just remember to turn on satellite images for Google Maps.


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