Google Maps Adds Adds More Planets and Moons
Google just did an update to Google Maps that teachers, astronomy enthusiasts and science buffs are going to love. This new update will allow users to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system.
Until now, Google offered detailed imagery of Earth’s moon along with Mars. These space images weren’t available through the traditional Google Maps interface. In this new update, Google has brought Mars, and the Earth’s moon into Google Maps along with the other space content.
It’s worth noting that Google included imagery of Pluto in this update. It’s a lot more than just pictures of the planets and moons. In true Google Maps fashion users can zoom in and out and see the details of the planets.
Viewers that use Google Maps to check out Saturn will see the planet as it was captured by the spacecraft Cassini, launched from Cape Canaveral twenty years ago.
“Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer.” The internet giant said on their blog.
Astronomical artist Bjorn Johnsson assembled the planetary maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea and Mimas that you will find in the update. Johnsson worked with both NASA and the European Space Agency to insure both detail and accuracy.
Astronomy enthusiasts alike will love the attention to details. Just like looking up a state or country, as you zoom into the maps you’ll see different annotations as seen in the screen shot above. That screen shot is of Google’s image of Venus.
Here are the planets, moons and other space interests Google has added to Google Maps:
- The International Space Station
- Earth’s moon
Check it out for yourself here.