Google Maps now has satellite imagery.

The Google Maps satellite picture of the UWS campus predates the Digital Technium (for now).

Intersting also that we have higher-res of Swansea than of Cardiff. So I can see where I live quite clearly, but not where I used to live. Also managed to clearly pick out the Eiffel Tower (nice shadow!), the Vatican, and the Palace of Westminster fairly easily. Not in Swansea, though. K2 and Everest more elusive, particularly the former. Singapore still at lo-res (nice clouds, however!), but Beijing central high enough for a very clear shot of the Forbidden City. The Summer Palace is still hazy, however.

Simon‘s a cartophile in the true sense but me, I just love maps because of the imaginary journeys they take me on. As such, I’ve been waiting for this all my life. It’s just gonna keep getting better, with more detail, more 3-d, more up-to-date imagery, and better navigation. What an amazing age to live in.

One Response to “Google Maps now has satellite imagery.”

  1. June 23rd, 2005 | 12:30 pm

    Multimap has had aerial photos for a while now (here’s the bit of Cardiff Uni. that I currently inhabit, although the photo seems to be at least 3 years old), however, it’s Google’s attempt at bringing Snowcrash to life that looks the most interesting.