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3 de Octubre 2006

Another Huge Imagery Update for Google Earth / Maps - October 3, 2006

[UPDATE: I've rewritten this story based on new information from Google]

Google just released all new aerial and satellite photos for Google Earth and Maps today. They just had a big update to the database less than a month ago on 9-September. This is amazing! Here's a summary from their announcement at the GEC:

  • the entire states of Minnesota, South Carolina, North Dakota, Missouri (updated to 2005), Idaho, Maryland, and now full coverage for the entire state of Texas
  • Updates to Florida (most of the state covered now)
  • 15 high-resolution cities in Germany
  • update for London, 2006 data at 10cm from Bluesky
  • South Georgia Island (courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey)
  • Albany, OR; Lubbock, TX; Port Townsend, WA; Portage County, OH; Trumball County, OH
  • 32 Digital Globe Citisphere cities (updates and new coverage)

The digital globe data has been updated as well. This means there are new strips of satellite photos all over the planet. I'm sure reports will begin flooding in about new places covered. I noticed a lot of new strips in Africa for example.

From my earlier report this morning:

I had a report from GEB reader Geoffrey that Ann Arbor, Michigan had some new aerial or satellite photos in Google Maps. I confirmed there was new imagery on the west side in Google Maps, but not Google Earth. Just now, I discovered Google Earth got the update as well. I also just received word that London has new photos, and have confirmed that the London photos have much better quality photos (at least in the area of the London Eye).

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:10 AM

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  • Comentarios

    Montreal is finally cloud-free!

    Enviado por: Richard at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:32 AM

    Mexico City also appears to be updated (though not noticeably better)

    Enviado por: Richard at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:39 AM

    From a quick look at least St.Petersburg (Russia) and Barcelona (Spain) got updates.

    Enviado por: Pasi Savolainen at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 11:01 AM

    Still missing lots of England. Only 10 miles west of London is low res

    Enviado por: Bill at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 11:01 AM

    Bermuda used to have lots of good imagery. There's now a big blur right through the middle of the island. One big step backwards.

    Enviado por: Anonymous at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 11:33 AM

    Looks like most if not all of Minnesota is finally high-res, although it's not VERY high-res; I'd guess it's about 1-2 meter resolution. So it doesn't show any more detail than the USGS aerials, but it's in color and much newer.

    No such luck for Oregon....

    Enviado por: Adam Schneider at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 11:40 AM

    Dublin seems to have been updated.

    Enviado por: David LArso at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:24 PM

    Trinidad got some new satellie photos as well.

    I'm still trying to figure out exactly how old the satellite photos are (does it vary?), and how often are they updated (if ever?).

    Enviado por: Ultima at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 01:49 PM

    Good to see Lubbock getting the coverage it deserves!

    Enviado por: Snowbike at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:08 PM

    No updates for Chennai(Madras), India as of this post. Of course, it doesn't use Digital Globe imagery.But I did notice something new, though. When I opened GE,there was a message about using SketchUp like, "Do you want to see your house in 3D? Blah..Blah...go to this link"

    No thanks, I prefer higher resolution!

    Enviado por: Navneeth at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:12 PM

    There seems to be some new coverage over the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java in Indonesia. Unfortunately Krakatau volcano is still a sub-standard green smudge.

    Enviado por: Dunkleosteus at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:12 PM

    Mount Olga west from Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is now hi-res.

    Enviado por: Dunkleosteus at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:16 PM

    I'd love to know exactly when the London photos were taken - it's either early morning or late evening, so the shadows are long and there doesn't seem to be many people around, but there's a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square.

    Enviado por: Jim at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:46 PM

    Somewhat related: maps.google.nl is finally live!

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 03:27 PM

    Austria: East of vienna, directly at the border to Slovakia. About 3 new tiles.
    Carinthia (near Italy): the city of Villach now in HiRes!
    Tyrol: Some tiles around Schwaz.

    Enviado por: KoflAIR at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 04:43 PM

    What are the "32 Digital Globe Citisphere cities"? I am not sure what a "citisphere" is.

    Enviado por: John at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 05:12 PM

    How do how do you tell in GE4, that areas are new?

    Enviado por: John Sapyta at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 06:19 PM

    > I'd love to know exactly when the London photos were taken - it's either early morning or late evening, so the shadows are long and there doesn't seem to be many people around, but there's a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square.

    Well, the shadows are pointing almost straight to the north, so it should be around midday. The sun is awfully low indeed (long shadows, reddish colors) and the trees are leafless, so it must be close to midwinter.

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 06:20 PM

    > What are the "32 Digital Globe Citisphere cities"? I am not sure what a "citisphere" is.

    A quick Google helps: http://www.digitalglobe.com/product/citysphere.shtml

    - Michael

    Enviado por: Michael Schaap at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 06:22 PM

    South Pacific: French Polynesia, Mururoa Atoll (French nuclear testing area)
    North Korea: Pyongyang new image with brighter colors

    Enviado por: koflair at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 06:42 PM

    Zapopan, suburbs of Guaadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico), I can now see our new school under construction (I think the set was take around mid-2006) :o)

    Enviado por: Henri Willox at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:37 PM

    For the London pics, I can see my new house being built in East London, and Trafalgar Square often has something going on during the weekend. So, I would guess the images were taken during a weekend in January this year.

    Enviado por: Ghostface at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:58 PM

    Part of Punta Cana's hotel section is now in high-resolution. (dominican republic)

    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as well.

    Enviado por: Sbastien at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 08:33 PM

    Looks like Melbourne, Australia has a new update too. Southern Cross Station has it's roofing on and the MCG is being torn up (or down) before or after the Commonwealth Games.....

    Also - a very stark contrast if you go to Wodonga, Australia - half the town is luscious green and the other half is in the middle of a nasty drought! Amazing....

    Enviado por: Andrew at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 01:52 AM

    Greece:
    Salonica, the 2nd largest Greek City, in hi-res.
    Also Rion-Antirion bridge is there, not the access roads though.

    - Vagelis

    Enviado por: Vagelis Georgis at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:17 AM

    > I'd love to know exactly when the London photos were taken - it's either early morning or late evening, so the shadows are long and there doesn't seem to be many people around, but there's a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square.

    Looking at the area around Brick Lane shows that the market is on. I think it is only a Sunday market.

    -Gerry

    Enviado por: Gerry McGarry at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 04:34 AM

    Cork city in Ireland has been updated. In fact a digital globe strip is now in place stretching from Cork northwards to Limerick city.

    Enviado por: justin flavin at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 05:42 AM

    Athens or other regions of Greece haven't been updated since almost 2004 (just before the Olympics)
    although Athens belongs to the Citisphere cities, it wasn't again updated with this latest map update :(

    Enviado por: Theo at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:55 AM

    They went back to the pre-Katrina imagery around the New Orleans area.

    Enviado por: MGN at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 09:10 AM

    The city of Eau Claire wisconsin is now much better resolution than it used to be. And the images are recent. The new highway (completed in August) is visible, as is the construction site of the soon to open Outback Steakhouse (construction started this spring....). Judging from the shadows, the image of my house was taken between 11AM and noon and probably in July 2006.

    Enviado por: Andy Swanson at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:11 AM

    Central Portugal now on high-resolution, at last. (with 2006 images) :)
    New strip of images has cities like Santarem, Vila Nova de Ourem, Pombal and my home town, Riachos :)
    This update was great for Portugal due to the relevance of this part of the country. Major gastronomy and winnery routes are parte of this new update.
    5 stars for GE :)

    Enviado por: Joao Castro at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:23 AM

    Looks like Mumbai has some better resolution for large area. However some parts have huge cloude cover which was not there earlier. Also Central railway line has appearing in transportation layer. Western railway is missing.

    Enviado por: Vineett at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:19 PM

    There's some musings as to when the London pictures might have been taken here: http://2lmc.org/spool/id/5474

    Enviado por: Stig Brautaset at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 01:08 PM

    Looks like parts of Phoenix, Az and surrounding areas have been updated pre-'05'06

    Enviado por: John at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:49 PM

    The Berlin images have probably been taken on May 7th: The is an American Football game taking place in the Olympic Stadium, which is Berlin Thunder vs. Hamburg Sea Devils (14-38, http://www.berlin-thunder.de/gamedays.asp). You can also see the ongoing constructing for an public viewing site for the World Cup in front of the Reichstag (parliament).

    Enviado por: frank at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 03:03 PM

    Address searching now works in Australia, both in Google Maps and Google Earth. Directions and local search do not.

    Enviado por: James at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 04:13 PM

    many cities in Middle Asia are now in high resolution

    Enviado por: GE User at 4 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:47 PM

    Madrid (Spain) seems to have been updated with more recent images (about 1 year ago)

    Enviado por: Daniel at 5 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:34 AM

    Manila, Philippines is one of the 32 CitySphere cities added. The same exact image found here (http://www.digitalglobe.com/product/citysphere_preview.php?id=110) can now be seen on Google Maps/Earth. Seamless and cloudless, that's how I like it. :)

    Enviado por: seav at 5 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:55 AM

    Italy: Updated Parma is now complete coverage.

    Enviado por: marioginetti at 5 de Octubre 2006 a las 10:20 AM

    Vienna, Austria, a city with 2.5 million people in the metropolitan area has been quite reasonable until it was updated in October 2005, since then there are clouds everywhere. Google earth keeps on updating the regions east of Vienna, which are amongst the most sparsely populated of the country, but does not uodate the Vienna imagery itself, and the densely populated metro area in the south isn't shown in high-res at all...

    Enviado por: markus at 5 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:38 PM

    What happened to the new Bridge of Lions in St, Augustine, FL-USA. I used to be able to see the new construction and now it is gone? Why did we go backwards??? Bermuda--Same thing!

    Enviado por: Aaron at 7 de Octubre 2006 a las 05:54 PM

    Could anyone tell me how can one find out the vintage of Google earth images. The DG coverage icon only indicates that when all the area was imaged again and again by Quickbird satellite. It does not indicate which QB image is being used by GE for showing in the base image.

    Enviado por: Vikas at 16 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:16 PM

    Is there a listing somewhere of all the cities now available in high resolution?

    Enviado por: Cliff at 28 de Octubre 2006 a las 12:22 AM

    Photos in London taken at different times of the year as Highbury and Emirates stadium are obviously being worked on while Craven Cottage is marked for football.

    Enviado por: peteryarmouth at 13 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:25 PM

    Does anyone know what the circular features are in Texas, near the New Mexico border? There look to be too many of them, and far too large for real geographical or man made features. They actually look like tree ring and geology samples under a microscope, and many seem to be overlaid on the existing map. Is this some sort of GE hack?, or maybe some weird kind of farming system? Seems unlikely to me. Check out coordinates 32.40.20 N by 102.55.50 W at an eye altitude of 20,000-40,000 feet.

    Enviado por: Dave Wheatley at 18 de Noviembre 2006 a las 12:15 PM

    Dave, here is an explanation of the "Weird Circles":

    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2005/12/faq_weird_circl_1.html

    Enviado por: Frank Taylor at 18 de Noviembre 2006 a las 03:38 PM

    Frank, Thanks very much for the info. Those irrigation systems must be huge.

    Enviado por: Dave Wheatley at 20 de Noviembre 2006 a las 06:12 AM

    Miami Airport. Have you guys noticed half of an airplane on the taxiway at Miami International Airport? That tell you that they have diferents shoots of the same place and then GE put them together.

    Enviado por: NelsonP at 25 de Mayo 2007 a las 04:30 PM

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