Explore the World Virtually with the New Google Earth

Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain on Google Earth
Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain on Google Earth | Courtesy of Google

Google Earth, everyone’s favorite way to view their home from space, has a host of new features as part of a huge update, and many of them are part of an effort to help users broaden their horizons.

The new version of Google Earth is available on web browsers and Android, and has been two years in the making.

Perhaps the most exciting new feature is Voyager, a series of interactive tours of some of the most exciting places on the planet. Google has teamed up with publishers, non-profits, and scientists for the series. BBC Earth offers Natural Treasures via Google Earth, where users can visit six habitats to learn about the wildlife in each.

Another story is based in Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where primatologist Jane Goodall explains her team’s chimpanzee research and conversation efforts. There are more than 50 immersive stories on Voyager right now, with more being added weekly.
The “I’m feeling lucky” feature takes users to a random destination from 20,000 different places. A 3D button has also been introduced, which will allow people to see destinations from different angles.

Google Earth VR will now be available to Oculus users, and will feature 27 new handpicked locations that will help people explore the world. Those locations include Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, Mt. Lassen in California, Palermo in Italy, and Table Mountain in South Africa.

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