The Coolest and Weirdest Artworks That Are Visible from Space

How do we know that aliens aren't watching us right now? We don't. There could be cloaked vessels right on our doorstep. Luckily, some intrepid souls have been creating some illustrations for our new friends. Here are some of the wackiest pictures that are visible on Google Earth. » 8/09/13 3:40pm 8/09/13 3:40pm

Zoomable Photo of San Francisco in 1938 is Like Old-Timey Google Earth

Here now, ripe for examination, is a zoomable, aerial view of San Francisco in 1938. Despite its age, the map's resolution is very, very impressive, which makes it endlessly fascinating to explore in Google-Maps-like fashion. » 6/13/13 8:19am 6/13/13 8:19am

Time-lapse satellite images show how Earth has changed over 28 years

Chances are, this is how you will be spending the rest of your day. Google Earth Engine is an incredible satellite tour through the recent history of our planet, showing year-by-year images from 1984-2012. Watch as cities expand, glaciers retreat, and seas vanish in a matter of decades. » 5/11/13 9:00am 5/11/13 9:00am

Did Google Earth capture shots of a clandestine military anti-grav…

Though it would be cool if they were a secret Chinese anti-grav technology, these surreal roadscapes are in fact an image-mapping glitch. Just like those undersea "signs of Atlantis" were, and those ghosts in Google Street View. » 1/10/13 6:11pm 1/10/13 6:11pm

Google launches underwater Street View, blows everyone's goddamn mind

Google has rolled out some damn impressive additions to its ouvre of street-viewable locales over the last few months, including Kennedy Space Center, the Amazon Rainforest and Antarctica, but this may be the most spectacular of them yet. Working in collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey, the company has… » 9/27/12 7:10am 9/27/12 7:10am

This is what the 'Google pyramid' looks like from up close

Early last month we told you about the satellite archaeologist who thought she discovered lost Egyptian pyramids using Google Earth. Well, it turns out that the structures may not be pyramids — but they still have archeological significance, in any case. » 9/05/12 10:40am 9/05/12 10:40am

Google Street View is now available for the Amazon rainforest

Last summer, Google took its Street View cameras to the Amazon, looking to capture the same 360-degree vistas that have made the technology so useful in cities all over the world. Yesterday, the project went live. There goes the rest of your week. » 3/22/12 7:20am 3/22/12 7:20am

A virtual Morrissey is on the loose in Google Earth

If you use Google Earth to look up the Salfords Lads Club in Manchester, England, you'll find a famously coiffed squatter in this virtual world. Punch in "St Ignatius Walk, M5 3RX" on 3D Buildings mode and you'll see a pixelated incarnation of Morrissey, The Smiths' loud-mouthed pontificator, forever standing smugly. » 1/02/12 6:40am 1/02/12 6:40am

A Google Earth map of Nagasaki survivors' eyewitness accounts

August 9 is the 65th anniversary of the day the US dropped "Fat Man" over Nagasaki. The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Archive has created a Google Earth map that documents where survivors were in relation to the blast. » 8/04/10 8:30am 8/04/10 8:30am

World's Best Preserved Crater Found Using Google Earth

This crater, located in a remote area of the Sahara desert, was discovered by researchers using Google Earth. And that's actually not even the coolest part. Kamil, as the crater is called, may be the world's best preserved crater. » 7/24/10 2:41pm 7/24/10 2:41pm

Loch Ness Monster Spotted On Google Maps

Discerning consumers of the interwebs know that you can find everything on Google Maps, from ghosts to the lost city of Atlantis. Now intrepid cryptid cartographers have spotted a new wonder: It's Nessie, captured in mid-paddle, right there on Google. » 8/28/09 8:30am 8/28/09 8:30am

Google Earth Flies You to the Moon

To celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing, Google has added the moon to the list of celestial bodies you can visit on Google Earth. The latest version features both Martian and lunar geography, including mission sites. [Google Earth] » 7/21/09 12:00pm 7/21/09 12:00pm