Jun 21, 2013
Satellite imagery has opened up our horizons on how we look at our planet. Anyone with access to an internet connection can now go on the Web and search for satellite photos and maps. While Google Maps is the more famous product, Google Earth offers a lot more features that you won’t find in Maps. You need to download the Google Earth software first to access it from your computer. Unlike Maps, the emphasis in Earth is to view the satellite imagery, explore Earth’s remote regions, and even view the Moon, Mars, stars and galaxies. Here’s a list of five cool things that you can do with Google Earth. They are:
Coolest Features of Google Earth
1. Flight Simulator
This is probably one of the coolest features in Google Earth. It is similar to the Street View feature on Maps, but here you get to fly a virtual airplane around Earth. Just enter the flight simulator mode and choose your aircraft to get going. You need to learn the controls properly to fly the plane, but it is fairly simple once you go through the help menu.
2. Visit Underground Locations and Amazon Rainforest
Google Earth not only covers the surface of the planet, but is also integrating a lot of imagery from underground locations and deep forests; this feature is also available on the Maps. Akiyoshi-do caves from Japan and parts of the Amazon rainforest are the two best known places that you can virtually visit as of now. Google is planning to add a lot of other interesting places in the future. Just keep a lookout for the updates.
3. Explore History and Civilization
The Earth is changing at a rapid place, and so are its inhabitants and their civilization. You can pick any spot that you want to and travel back in time with the help of Google Earth. It will show the relevant population metrics, urban development, suburbs and many other interesting changes. Places that are brimming with people today can be seen deserted a few decades back. This is the closest we have come to travel back in time.
4. Watch it in 3D Mode
You can enable 3D mode in Google Earth and even Maps, but you need a pair of red-cyan glasses to view the image properly. The software supports ‘3D Buildings’ layer, which allows anyone to make 3D models on standard objects like fountains, statues, bridges, mountains, buildings etc. Visiting historical monuments and famous places is one of the best things that you can do with this software. There is a lot of 3D content that you can view on Google Earth.
5. Explore the Sky
Being an astronomer and exploring the vast expanse of the sky has always been a dream of many. If you are an Astronomy hobbyist, you can explore space objects such as the Moon, Mars or even stars and galaxies with Google Earth. Virtual star-gazing has never been better; a planetarium right in your home. Google Earth is an amazing piece of software. The features listed above are just a few of the many things it is capable of. You can even create your own 3D models using Sketch Up, a software that was previously owned by Google. There are a lot of cool things that you can do with Google Earth.