The Google Earth Blog noticed that Google Maps Street View images now come with a date telling you when the panoramas were taken.
If you look at the bottom left hand corner of a Street View image you can now view the month and year when the picture was taken.
Another nice little feature I’ve noticed Google Maps testing recently is the highlighting of search results. For a while now when you search for a location in Google it has shown a map with the searched area highlighted. Google have been testing this feature in Google Maps as well.
This feature still seems to be very much in the testing stage. I noticed the feature was working this morning but this afternoon it no longer seems to be working for me.
Finally, in Chrome (but not in Firefox and IE for me) the satellite button in Google Maps now shows the satellite view directly beneath the button.
Database of about 12,000 man-made objects in Earth orbit. These objects are tracked U.S. Strategic Command and includes various collector, retired satellites and rockets left over from the launch.
The database is updated in real time every 30 seconds, and detailed information about each object, including the owner, date of start-up and visualization of orbits can be viewed in Google Earth by clicking on the object.
Another wonderful function of Google Earth is the ability to import high-resolution images to overlay on your terrain, or import models created from other sources (ie a Golden Gate Bridge model for San Francisco)
This past week, several devastating tornadoes struck across a wide swathe of the southern United States. Our Crisis Response team is activating to provide data and imagery we hope will be useful to first responders and the general public.
In cooperation with our satellite partner GeoEye, we have imagery of the aftermath of several tornadoes, including in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as shown below. We have created several before-and-after comparisons in a Picasa album.
Left: Google imagery from late 2010. Right: GeoEye imagery from Thursday, April 28.
Top: Charleston Square Apartments, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bottom: Towns of Pleasant Grove, Concord, and Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama. Click to see enlarged.
This imagery, as well as data sets such as Red Cross shelter locations and tornado touchdown reports, are available in this collection on Google Maps. We will continue to add imagery and data as it comes available.
Our heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragic event.
Update: You can now access the satellite imagery directly in Google Earth. Make sure the Places layer is enabled, then go to Alabama. Click the image of a tornado to find links to load the images.
This super detailed Cancun Map Displays Hotels, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Markets, Beaches, and much more using the tools provided by Google API Satellite Maps. Besides the incredible ZOOM, It has an amazing Interactive menu that lets you choose what should be display on the Cancun map and it also has the Virtual Tours of all Cancun hotels, malls, public areas and beaches.