New, high-resolution Landsat 8 images have been swapped into Google Maps, yielding really amazing pictures of terrain and buildings. The whole earth is now cloud-free and the detail is good enough to make out patio furniture, stone paths, and garden boxes in my backyards.
A nice 3-D effect has been added, with taller structures like houses and trees shifting perspective against the ground as I pan over a neighborhood. .
Street View has also been updated, as I found out when I called up 5 Woodside to show my parents my UK abode. The picture of the house was perfect, but when I shifted perspective to show my street, I was surprised to find…well…me.
I must have been lost in thought: I don’t recall seeing the vehicle glide past. But it’s nice to be immortalized, literally ‘On the Map’.