GeoEye made sure to have a satellite over Washington DC today close to the time of the inauguration of President Obama. The flyover occurred at 1119 ET (about 45 minutes before the oath-taking). I first saw the image on CNN while watching the parade in front of the White House. I was a little worried about the prospects of this shot because there was some high cirrus clouds over DC today. But, GeoEye managed to get a good shot. Here is a a special overlay for Google Earth which overlays the new imagery over the National Mall in DC giving you a same-day satellite photo of a historic event. This is a super overlay – where Google has broken up the image so it can be zoomed in at high resolution. In the image, if you zoom in close, you can see the huge masses of people around the capitol building and all down the National Mall.
You can also view the GeoEye satellite view at their featured image gallery. Or, you can view the image with zooming capability at CNN. UPDATE, here is a video of the new satellite as it was first shown on CNN last night on a Perceptive Pixel touch screen display using Google Earth:
If you load the link of the image overlay above, you’ll see the same picture in Google Earth yourself. Amazing to get a photo from satellite and see it in Google Earth on the same day. This reminds me of the time in 2006 when the first same day aerial photo was put in Google Earth.