Archives for December 2015


3D fireworks in Google Earth

For the last few years we have been celebrating the new year with virtual fireworks created by Steven Ho, whose work we have featured a number of times. His animation shows the 2011 Taipei 101 … [Read more...]

The best of Google Earth for December 2015

The most recent image to be found in historical imagery is currently dated November 30th, 2015. However, Google does seem to have been doing some imagery updates during the month of December, as we … [Read more...]

Street View coverage for 2015

Street View extended its coverage over the course of 2015, most notably in South America, Eastern Europe and South East Asia. We only started keeping a high resolution screen shot of coverage in March … [Read more...]

Seeing a tornado track with Landsat imagery

We have looked at the paths of destruction caused by tornadoes in Google Earth imagery a number of times before. Nearly every one of the tornadoes we have looked at in the US occurred in the months of … [Read more...]

Happy Christmas with Google Earth directions

Yesterday we had a look at the work of Japanese GPS artist Yassan. We contacted him to ask about getting his routes in KML format. He was unable to release the 'Peace on Earth' route featured … [Read more...]

PEACE on Earth message using GPS

Back in 2010 Japanese GPS artist Yassan (also known as Yasushi Takahashi) wrote the world's largest marriage proposal by travelling around Japan while recording his GPS track. He holds the Guinness … [Read more...]

Google Earth Blog Santa Tracker

We have produced two versions of our Santa Tracker. Santa is expected to take off on December 24th at 10am UTC. If you are not sure what time that is in your time zone you can use Google's count down … [Read more...]

Altitudes and polygons in Google Earth

When creating the Santa Tracker we made use of some code we had previously written for creating arcs in Google Earth. As we noted in that post, however, the arcs use relative altitudes, but for … [Read more...]

Introducing the Google Earth Blog Santa Tracker

[ Update: find the Google Earth Blog Santa Traker here  ] This year, partly as a goodbye to the Google Earth API, which is expected to be shut down some time early next year we have decided to … [Read more...]

Animal shaped buildings in Google Earth

We were having a look at recent imagery (captured in late November) in Google Earth and were surprised to find a building shaped like a crocodile in Jabiru, Australia. Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, … [Read more...]