Earth to Google

Back in 2013 Google released Google Earth Timelapse. This was one of my favorite tools at the time to tell my students and friends about.

Today Google did one of the biggest updates yet. You can now go from 1984 to 2016.

This may not seem amazing enough, but to me…this is my lifetime!

Google teamed up with TIME to give us the updated look on certain locations.

In June 2016, Google did some Google Map updates, and now with Timelapse we get sharper views, truer colors and fewer distracting artifacts. See the above example of San Francisco and Oakland.

They did this by using Google Earth Engine and sifted through three quadrillion pixel (3,000,000,000,000,000). They took all those pixels and created 33 images of the entire planet, one for each year. They then encoded these 3.95 terapixel images into over 25,000,000 overlapping multi-resolution video tiles. They then made them interactively explorable by Carnegie Mellon CREATE Lab’s Time Machine Library.

This technology used to create and view zoom-able timelpases over space and time.

This is simply amazing! My life time can now be viewed and our impact can be seen. Excuse me for a while…I’m going to go watch my hometowns. Until then…

Google On!