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How to travel well with Google Earth

New satellites photograph 700 trillion pixels of your planet has been updated by Google since 2013
Google says: “To put that in perspective, 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.”


Improved view of New York City, details like skyscrapers, building shadows, and baseball and softball fields in Central Park shine through.

You can use Google Earth to help inform travel planning

  • assess conditions on the ground with far more information
  • see the location, density, and types of trees, for instance, as well as the presence of tracks and trails
  • you can instantly tell if people have been there before
  • zoom in and look for signs of human presence
  • look at the contour lines on a topo map, read trip reports and find photos
  • look for a new spot to hike, ski, bike, or walk the dog
  • see what’s over that next hill or in that valley

Google Earth helps you keep track of long itineraries and document where we’ve been. It is a program that you can download for free. It is much more interactive, and the interface is easier to use to catalog and save waypoints, routes, and information about destinations. Plus, I like having a file on my computer that I can easily view offline and backup.

How does Google Earth work for travelers?

Google Earth works by analyzing trillions of pixels worth of satellite images, selecting the clearest, cloud-free ones, then stitching them all together into one seamless image of the planet. Now you can scroll across every inch of it in high-quality.

Keeping Earth up to date and looking great

Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.

Visit https://www.google.com/earth/ to explore your next journey!

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