Bomb damage from the war in Yemen

There is an ongoing war in Yemen that started early last year. We have in the past had a look at the bomb damage at Sana’a airport in May 2015, and had another look in January this year. Today we are … [Read more...]

What does it take to process 3D imagery?

Google has recently been pushing out 3D imagery of various Brazilian cities in preparation for the Olympics. The interesting part, however, is that the imagery isn't new. The imagery of Rio de … [Read more...]

The rock near Deception Island that looks like a Kraken

A story about a Kraken (a legendary sea monster) being spotted in Google Earth imagery recently went viral. It turns out, however, that it is actually just a rock. The rock in question is named Sail … [Read more...]

Cylcone Roanu: Landslide and Floods

Cyclone Roanu was, according to Wikipedia, a relatively weak tropical cyclone that, nevertheless, caused severe flooding in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In addition, it caused a number of large … [Read more...]

Google Earth Imagery Update: The Dallas, Texas Tornados

Google has recently pushed out another imagery update. Below we show approximate maps of where the new imagery from April, May and June can be found. There is almost certainly older imagery too, but … [Read more...]

Making desktop backgrounds with Google Earth

When browsing some of the latest imagery in the recent imagery update we came across some beautiful images of islands of the Tonga archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean and we thought of using them … [Read more...]

Two become one, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai

The recent Google Earth imagery update includes an image of a new island formed from Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha’apai, part of the Tonga archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. Hunga Tonga and Hunga … [Read more...]

Satellite image archaeology

We did a post on Dr. Sarah Parcak back in 2011. She is an archaeologist who frequently makes use of satellite imagery (including Google Earth) to make archaeological discoveries. She has written a … [Read more...]

Sun-synchronous orbit

In yesterday's post we suggested that the reason for the near polar orbit of most imaging satellites was to improve coverage. After a bit more research it turns out to be more interesting than that. … [Read more...]

Google Earth Imagery Update: Strange image in the Sahara

Google has recently pushed out another imagery update. We created maps for March, April and May imagery, but did not find any significant changes in the March and April maps since the last update a … [Read more...]