Google Earth

Google Earth
Google Earth Logo.svg
Google Earth 9 on Google Chrome.
Google Earth 9 on Google Chrome.
Original author(s) Google
Developer(s) Google
Initial release June 11, 2001; 16 years ago (2001-06-11)
Stable release
  • Windows, macOS, Linux
    7.3.1.4507 (February 8, 2018; 15 days ago (2018-02-08)[1]) [±]
  • Google Chrome
    9.2.46.2 (November 13, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-11-13)[2]) [±]
  • Android
    9.2.0.3 (November 13, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-11-13)[3]) [±]
  • iOS
    9.2.0 (November 6, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-11-06)[4]) [±]
Preview release Windows, macOS, Linux
7.1.2.2041 (October 31, 2013; 4 years ago (2013-10-31)[5]) [±]
Written in C++
Operating system Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Size
  • Windows: 12.5 MB
  • macOS: 35 MB
  • Linux: 24 MB
  • Android: 8.46 MB
  • iOS: 77.5 MB
Type Virtual globe
License Freeware
Website earth.google.com

Google Earth is a computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery. The program maps the Earth by superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. Users can explore the globe by entering addresses and coordinates, or by using a keyboard or mouse. The program can also be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet, using a touch screen or stylus to navigate. Users may use the program to add their own data using Keyhole Markup Language and upload them through various sources, such as forums or blogs. Google Earth is able to show various kinds of images overlaid on the surface of the earth and is also a Web Map Service client.

In addition to Earth navigation, Google Earth provides a series of other tools through the desktop application. Additional globes for the Moon and Mars are available, as well as a tool for viewing the night sky. A flight simulator game is also included. Other features allow users to view photos from various places uploaded to Panoramio, information provided by Wikipedia on some locations, and Street View imagery. The web-based version of Google Earth also includes Voyager, a feature that periodically adds in-program tours, often presented by scientists and documentarians.

Google Earth has been viewed by some as a threat to privacy and national security, leading to the program being banned in multiple countries. Some countries have requested that certain areas be obscured in Google's satellite images, usually areas containing military facilities.

  1. ^ "Google Earth". Google. Retrieved 25 Jul 2017. 
  2. ^ "Google Earth". Google. Google. April 19, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Google Earth". Google Play. Google. April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ Google Inc. (June 26, 2013). "Google Earth". App Store. Apple. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Google Earth Release Notes". Google. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013. 

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