Waltz through the streets all around the world and fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth.Walk down the memory lane and revisit the places which gave you awesome memories which are still indelible in your mind.
Keyhole Inc presented the world with this free software which allows you to explore detailed aerial photos and satellite imagery of planet Earth in the year 2004. Google Earth is easy to use and consists of both professional and community-based contributions. It is undisputedly the best free mapping software available today.!
Google Earth is fairly easy to navigate on a laptop touch-pad but using a mouse with a scroll-wheel makes a whole world of difference. Navigating with a scroll-wheel allows for quick and controlled zooming in and zooming out. Also, holding down the scroll-wheel button lets you tilt the world around, and holding down the right-mouse button turns your mouse into a virtual joystick which lets you freely zoom-in and out with ease.
If you went overboard with the mouse and now your worlds all messed up and upside-down simply clicking on the N in navigation controls will set you right. Just pressing the [N] key on the keyboard works just as well.
The Historical Imagery button, i.e. the clock button in the toolbar allows you to go back to your desirable time and take a look at what Earth used to look like at that juncture. This gives you a slider which you can adjust to view images of the Earth dating back to the 1930’s. This is especially handy if you want to compare images of Earth before and after major events which had occurred in the past,eg-Earthquake,Tsunami,the topographical changes which has taken place.
Victims of slow internet connections and weak machines will find that quickly zooming-in and out is laggy and the imagery takes forever to process, an issue faced by many. In this case, it might be a good idea to go ahead and increase the cache size of stored images. At the cost of using more of your memory/ hard disk space, zooming is considerably faster and smoother.
This also improves the speed at which layers load, including 3D models. The cache size can be increased by accessing the Tools menu and then selecting Options… and selecting the Cache tab.
Google Earth has many layers devoted exclusively to science and information. Additionally, under the More Layers sub-menu,the Wikipedia layer can be turned on at any time. This provides users with a short Wikipedia article related to the specified location. Furthermore, the Photos Layer sub-menu takes user into 360 cities through an interesting and interactable photos for close-up views of places.An app like Pixlr can also come in handy.
The huge amount of information stored in these layers is quite staggering. The Ocean, Gallery and Global Awareness layers contains all kinds of material relating to general and scientific topics, and current affairs.Starting from text and images contributed by NASA, to audio and video content from National Geographic and Discovery ,you name it Google Earth has it all and so it’s very easy to drown in this sea of information. And this is only like scratching the surface of the abundance of information that Google Earth readily offers its users.
However, having ALL of these layers on at once is not advisable, especially layers which work in real time, i.e., layers like Weather and Traffic. You will find that Earth will literally slow down. If you do find yourself in a position where you’ve got too many layers active, simply uncheck the Primary Database, take it slow, and proceed to turn only layers you need on. You’ll thank yourself later for doing this.
Google Earth has its very own flight simulator! This can be accessed through the Enter Flight Simulator option in the Tools menu. At the interface, you choose your aircraft and pick a location to start at, which could be any airport in the world. The controls take a little time to get into the groove, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite addictive. Take to the Sky, or the Moon, or do you fancy Mars? If you get bored of looking down at Earth, you can always switch things up and look up to the skies. Google Earth lets you observe celestial objects and constellations, complete with images and videos provided by NASA.
It doesn’t end with the Sky though – you could go beyond the skies and go visit Mars, and the Moon, and maybe take a tour or two around the historic Apollo program. Access this feature by clicking on the button with an image of Saturn on it in the toolbar. Google Earth has no shortage of places to explore and visit. The Layers database and information is constantly being updated by NASA and other information agencies as well,and new content is added on a regular basis, so type any direction and delve into the plethora of places and site.Look out for further updates for your future exploration.
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