Planets Layer in Sky Updated

Planets and Moon in Google Earth SkyWhen Google Earth 4.2 came out with the new Sky mode on August 22, they included two layers called “The Moon” and “The Planets“. These layers use the time slider to show you the positions of the moon and planets in the night sky. The only problem is that the layers only included three months worth of prediction. So, on October 22 they no longer showed future data. Google realized the problem and posted a new update at the end of the month. Google mentioned that they are working on a way to automatically keep the layers updated. Don’t forget the nice add-on which shows a top-down view of the solar system while playing the time loop.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Iintroduced my 2 grandchildren to google earth a 15 yr old and a 20 yr old when we had returned from a holiday in the Carribbean and they were amazed that a 71 yr old grandma could show them something so amazing, they said “wow grandma how coolis that”

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