Using KML to change your field of view in Google Earth

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Thank you to GEB reader Sebastien for letting us know that the Field of View can be adjusted in Google Earth by means of a tour. There are other techniques mentioned here such as a KML with … [Read more...]

Magnetic North and True North

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A magnetic compass, including the compasses on most smart phones, does not point to the North Pole, or even to the North Magnetic Pole. Instead, it points away from True North by an angle known as the … [Read more...]

Historical Imagery

How to get Historical Imagery

We have covered historical imagery a number of times since its introduction to Google Earth with version 5.0 in February 2009. However, it is such an important feature that it is worth … [Read more...]

Drawing straight lines with KML

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While writing the 3D imagery post we came across this oddity: If you draw a path in Google Earth, the line segments follow geodesics, which are parts of great circles. If you draw a polygon, the sides … [Read more...]

Will Google update imagery upon request?

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Google get their imagery from a wide variety of sources, and due to there being so many factors involved, it is impossible to predict when and where they will do updates. We have covered this a number … [Read more...]

Could a conman get false information into Google Maps or Google Earth?

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We recently got a query by a reader asking whether or not it is possible for a conman to put a fake address into Google Earth. The short answer is yes. Google gets its information from a large number … [Read more...]

Heading back to school with Google Earth

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Many people are gearing up the end of summer break and the start of school. In fact, our daughters will be heading out for their first day of school in a few hours, as will thousands of others from … [Read more...]

Using Google Earth for crime analysis

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We've talked about crime on here quite a lot over the years, many of which we discussed in this post last year. Scott Dickson at Bair Analytics recently wrote a post that talks about some of the ways … [Read more...]

The differences between Google Earth and Google Maps

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Google Earth and Google Maps used to be very different products, but over the past few years they've become much more similar. This is largely due to the addition of new features to Google Maps, such … [Read more...]

The technology behind Google’s “Santa Tracker”

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Back in 1955, CONAD (handing it off to NORAD a few years later) began "tracking" Santa on Christmas Eve night for children to call in and get his current location. Starting in 2004, that information … [Read more...]