I downloaded this application from Google tonight. I am not sure how I have gone through life this long without it. The reason I downloaded it finally was because, while in conversation, I was looking up information about the Coliseum in Ancient Rome, and lo and behold, Google Earth has added a feature to its functionality that allows you to see what cities looked like throughout history. That one feature alone was so cool, I said, okay, let’s do this thing, and downloaded it.
You can view the night sky and all the constellations, look at historical features in 3D, explore the moon and Mars, and get in very close on earth and observe changes over time. I haven’t used all the various functions of this program yet, but it’s already one of the most informational apps I’ve ever used. You can see a street-level view of where you live, or view the Coliseum in 1 AD Rome!
From their website:
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
Google Earth 5 features:
- Historical imagery from around the globe
- Ocean floor and surface data from marine experts
- Simplified touring with audio and voice recording
This is a very cool application, and it’s entirely free. Download it at: http://earth.google.com/