Google has updated its interactive Earth Timelapse feature with better imagery and several years of new data. The massive update added petabytes of new data and brings it up to the current year.
Detailing the update in a blog post, Google says updated images are sharper ‘with truer colors and fewer distracting artifacts.’ Earth Timelapse was introduced in 2013 and includes images recorded as early as 1984.
Basically, Google’s Earth Timelapse presents users with 33 interactive images of the entire planet, but creating those images was a feat – Google says it sifted through 3 quadrillion pixels to maximize image quality. The final product represents 25,000,000 overlapping global image tiles that users can zoom in, zoom out, play and replay to their heart’s content.
Check it out for yourself and see how the world has changed over the past three decades.