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Google Earth...Is there such a thing as "real time"?

by kimmyhead_oicu812 / July 5, 2013 4:26 PM PDT

I'd recently heard that Google Earth has some sort of software or an application, that seems to be an 'extention' of Google Earth, in which a person is able to view it in "real time"? I would imagine for a hefty price too. Is there such a thing available?

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Doubtful
by sunwatcher / July 5, 2013 10:53 PM PDT

I doubt such an application exists, since Google maps are derived from a series of aerial images. In order for a real time view to be possible (even if it was just a specific country such as the U.S.), vehicles would need to be situated to cover every point viewable.

Perhaps you are thinking of some kind of webcam viewing extension within Google Earth?

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Certain Governments Have Such... It's CalledA Satellite....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 2:10 AM PDT
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There are things
by Jimmy Greystone / July 6, 2013 2:16 AM PDT

There are things like more or less real-time traffic overlays to the web version of Google Maps which could feed into Google Earth if there's such data available in a given area. Other than that, you'd need a geosynchronous satellite, which would probably still have a couple minute delay, but not that it matters because it would cost so much money and you could only focus the satellite on one specific area within the cone of vision based on its location in orbit.

So either you misheard or someone was grossly mistaken.

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