Why Santa’s base remains a secret

With Christmas this weekend and Santa being tracked around the world, but the exact location of his base near the North Pole remaining secret, it is a good time to talk about why the poles are not … [Read more...]

Planet imagery for natural disaster response

Satellite imaging company Planet has a programme for gathering satellite imagery for natural disaster response. Read more about it on the Planet blog. Although direct and timely access to the imagery … [Read more...]

The sinking Millennium Tower, San Francisco

We often feature imagery from the European Copernicus programme's Sentinel-2 satellite. The programme has other satellites, including Sentinel-1A and Sentinel-1B, that gather radar data rather than … [Read more...]

The Google Earth Blog Santa Tracker

This year we will be running the same Google Earth Blog Santa tracker that we did last year. As we had last year, there are two versions, one using dynamic tours in Google Earth, which update by means … [Read more...]

Land Lines Chrome experiment

Land Lines is an interesting Chrome experiment that uses Google Earth imagery. The experiment was made by Zach Lieberman, Matt Felsen, and the Data Arts Team. They have used the imagery from the Earth … [Read more...]

Landsat / Sentinel global mosaic automatic switcher

Recently Google added to Google Earth global mosaics of Landsat and Sentinel 2 imagery for each year between 1984 and 2016. (1984 was originally omitted but has since been added). We then released a … [Read more...]

Google Earth sinks an island

Thank you to GEB reader Ragnhild for bringing this to our attention. The island of Gorgona off the west coast of Italy appears to be a large lake in Google Earth.Turn on View->Water Surface in … [Read more...]

Google Earth API /plugin finally coming to an end

Google has announced that they are finally shutting down the Google Earth API /plugin on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. They first announced its deprecation in December 2014, giving it a year. In … [Read more...]

Global surface water and historical changes map

The science journal Nature recently published an article about mapping long term global surface water using the archive of Landsat and Sentinel imagery using Google Earth Engine. You can read more … [Read more...]

A burnt out plane and some imagery errors

On August 3rd, 2016, Emirates Flight 521 carrying 282 passengers and 18 crew crashed while landing at Dubai International Airport. One fire fighter died in the rescue effort, but all the passengers … [Read more...]