What you need to know
- Google Earth is being updated for mobile devices.
- The revamped app adds stars to the Earth's backdrop.
- The images shown were collected by the European Southern Observatory.
Google Earth on phones is getting a small but pretty upgrade. The backdrop of the Earth is no longer a dull, lifeless sea of black. In its stead, you'll now find the mesmerizing beauty of the Milky Way and the billions of flickering lights that give it its life and luster.
It's no surprise, of course, given that most phones these days pack enough power to shame laptops and desktops from just a few years ago. Really, it's surprising that it took Google so long.
And now that Google Earth's starry sky is finally available on phones, you can gaze at the stars in true 21st-century fashion: by staring at your phone screen, instead of leaving the house and looking up at the sky.
That's not all, though. Google's Jonathan Cohen also talked up the addition of realistic animated clouds that show off the Earth's weather patterns, as well as the company's guided tours, through Google Earth, of the celestial bodies and the International Space Station.
If that's not enough to convince you the folks at Google are total space geeks — so am I! — then jumping into hyperspace on Google Maps should undoubtedly change your mind.
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