Antipode Earth – turning Google Earth inside out

We were recently thinking about antipodes (pairs of points on opposite sides of the earth). We have previously seen side by side maps that sync so that you can find what is on the other side of any given point. But we thought it might be interesting to see what the world map looks like when every point is translated to the other side of the world.

We tried two versions. For the first, we used a KML map of country outlines that we have used before, that we got from thematicmapping.org and converted all the coordinates to their antipodes.


Australia is opposite the Atlantic Ocean.

The second version uses one of NASA’s Blue Marble images as an image overlay.


North America is opposite the southern Indian Ocean.

Almost all land has water opposite it with the main exception being South America and East Asia which are opposite each other, but even in that case, a lot of water is involved.

To see the above in Google Earth download this KML file. We suggest editing the properties of the image overlay and try adjusting the transparency.

And finally, for a different way to look at the world, try switching to ‘Sky’ mode. The image overlay does not appear to work in sky mode, but if you turn off all the Sky layers (including ‘imagery’) then the world map KML works and you get a sort of inside out view of the earth.

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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