For those who use Google maps, don’t be amazed if you find the bump in the image quality. This is because of the fact that the search giant Google has been working on advanced imagery which delivers more than 700 trillion individual pixels of data.
The difference is very noticeable and even more so, if users use the satellite mode as an alternative to the standard flat graphics which the Maps app usually changes to. The new montage is made available because of both the publicly available Earth Engine APIs and landsat 8 satellite.
Old Google Earth Imagery
New Google Earth Imagery
According to the Google, the difference comes from cloud free imagery which showcases clearer sight of the earth in the midst of truer colors and greater details. In comparison to its predecessor the landsat 7, the landsat 8 captures images twice as fast making the montage more advanced than past iterations.
The search giant also states that the data attained for its current assortment consists of 700 trillions individual pixels in total.
[themify_box style=”rounded” ]“To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.” writes Chris Herwig, Program Manager, Google Earth Engine.[/themify_box]