Go all the way back in time with Google Earth’s largest update on their Timelapse feature!
Up till recently, the Google Earth Timelapse had covered only the years 1984 to 2019. Excitingly, Google has made it known that they’ve improved the feature, which means its already expansive content now stretches all the way to year 2020. But it doesn’t end there!
Throughout the next decade, the company says they will be updating Google Earth Timelapse continually every year.
For those who haven’t yet heard of it, Google Earth Timelapse is a helpful tool that lets users rewind time and track the ways in which significant changes have visibly impacted our world.
According to Mint, the latest update on this feature is Google’s Earth’s largest since 2017, when Timelapse first became a part of the company’s platform. Though it had been existing just fine on its own for quite some time, it does seem great that Google finally decided to directly incorporate it into Google Earth.
Google Earth’s Voyager feature has also created five thematic stories for the purpose of providing users with tours on urban growth, warming temperatures, mining, renewable energy sources, as well as forest change—all of which are guided.
Given that Google Earth Timelapse allows for the visual turning back of time, journalists, researchers, and scientists alike may find it to be a surprisingly accessible resource should they need any data related to global warming, climate change, the depletion of forests, and just about any other earthly fluxes.
In a blogpost, Google mentioned that Google Earth Timelapse is “about zooming to assess the health and well-being of our only home and is a tool that can educate and inspire action,”.
Thanks to the new update, the feature now showcases imagery from the last 37 years, letting users get detailed views of what sort of changes have occurred in our world from 1984 to 2020 (and more years to come).
A heck load of satellite imagery
Around 24 million satellite images have been collected and used by Google to put this feature together. This number can only be expected to grow as the company continues to add new photos throughout the following decade of Timelapse’s operation.
The company blogpost’s author mentioned that it took them over 2 million hours of processing, and thousands of Google Cloud machines to compile 20 petabytes of satellite imagery into one video mosaic of 4.4 terapixel size, which is equivalent to an overwhelming 530,000 4K resolution videos.
Those curious to experiment with Google Earth Timelapse will be relieved to know that it works on desktop computers, tablets, and phones alike. It is accessible through Google Earth’s ship wheel icon. Google has additionally uploaded 800 2D and 3D Timelapse videos which can be played on YouTube or in MP4 format.
Google’s many technological advances, this Google Earth update included, always do well to impress users across the globe, or at least get people talking. What better way to test out the Timelapse feature’s new upgrade than on an actual Google device? Access the tool on a Google Pixelbook Go or a Google Pixel 4a for an authentic Google experience.