Satellite Maps

Satellite maps can be found at many places on the Internet. Satellite images can be obtained for nearly every location on the globe. Hundreds of satellites are orbiting the Earth every day. These satellites have the ability to take detailed snapshots at various areas; these images are often available for public viewing.

Some experts in the field refer to these satellites as giant, orbiting digital cameras. Most of the information about these satellites is considered classified information by the U.S. government and we are unsure as to the whereabouts of the satellites at any given time. It is, however, safe to assume that several satellites are overhead at various times throughout the day.

The resolution of these satellite maps is intense. Most of today’s technology can allow pictures to reveal images are at least five inches from the ground. The first satellite maps were created and used by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Technology has increased greatly since that time. The earliest satellite maps of Earth only had the capabilities to capture objects six feet or higher from the ground.

The U.S. military has used satellite maps for several decades. Military forces benefit from these satellite images because they can map out specific areas in a country in the case of invasion or attack. In addition to this common mapping use, the military can either verify or dismiss claims of wrongdoings. Live satellite pictures can let us know details of what is going on in various regions of the world.

Some enthusiasts enjoy satellite maps for their recreational value. By simply locating a server, typing in a location and downloading the information, you are able to view detailed features of a particular area. In many places, you are even able to locate your home and neighborhood. Although you will most likely only see the rooftops and streets, it can be a fun pastime to see what new images of your area are available.