BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Thanks to the latest update from Google Maps, anyone can now take a virtual stroll through space and go exploring several of the many new moons and planets just added to the mapping system.
Maps was already offering its users a closer and very detailed look at another planet besides our own, Mars, as well as at Earth’s natural satellite, the Moon. However, through this latest update, Google is bringing almost all of the solar system at the distance of just a click away.
Google Maps Now Includes a Total of 18 Moons and Planets Besides Earth
Starting Monday, October 16, Google Maps’ databases include 16 new celestial bodies. Most of them are moons, but there are also two new planets: Venus, Mercury, and Pluto, the beloved dwarf.
Besides them, users can now explore the “icy plains of” Enceladus. They can also take a look at Mimas or Titan or Dione. Saturn’s third-largest natural satellite, Iapetus, is also up for exploration.
Although it was already offering a look at the Moon and Mars, Google Maps users could not access them directly from the main interface of the program. Now, after the update, these, as well as the newly added celestial bodies should be easier to find.
Also, Google is proposing users to try another “fun” method of reaching their far-flung objects of interest by simply zooming out until they leave this planet and start looking down on it and space.
In doing so, space enthusiasts can also stop and take a look at the International Space Station. Just recently, this was added to the Google Street View program, after agreeing to join the program.
Part of the imagery used in creating this new Google Maps destination is the work of Björn Jónsson, an astronomical artist. Google thanks him for his creations, which were developed by drawing inspiration by the actual imagery captured by NASA and ESA (the European Space Agency).
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