More about the Voyager layers

A couple of weeks ago Google updated the Voyager layers in Google Earth. We have already had a look at the new ‘Animal View’ sub layer and the updated ‘Satellite imagery updates’ layer.

The ‘Earth View landscapes’ layer which shows the locations of the landscapes featured in the ‘Earth View’ Google Chrome extension, has not been updated and does not appear in Edition 2 of the Voyager layers.

The ‘Street View highlights’ layer has been updated with all new locations.

The ‘3D cities’ layer only shows recent additions of 3D imagery, rather than the complete set. It also does not include the very latest releases. It covers additions from July 1st, 2015 to about September 22nd, 2015. Edition 1 went up to the end of June.

We have already looked at the ‘Satellite imagery updates’ layer and noted that it covers recent releases but missed some releases since Edition 1 and there have been more releases since Edition 2.

Although Edition 1 of the Voyager layer is no longer displayed in Google Earth’s Layers it can be accessed by clicking the ‘Download’ link found in the Voyager layer. This copies the Voyager layer into your ‘Temporary Places’ and includes both Edition 1 and Edition 2 of the layers. You can then either save the layers as KML or move them to your ‘Places’. Note that if you wish to keep a permanent record in case Google ever removes them from the default Layers, you should save all the sub layers individually, as the main layer contains network links to KMLs and saving it will not save all the data.

The advantage of downloading the KML version of the Voyager layers is that you can then manipulate them, as we did for the ‘Satellite imagery updates’ layer or as you can see below, you can easily change the colour of the icons in one of the editions and then view the two editions together for comparison.


‘Street View highlights’ layer. Edition 1: dark purple. Edition 2: light purple.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. Wilmer Osario says:

    New imagery:

    Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
    Carupano, Venezuela



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