Flashearth is a web application that displays interactive satellite images and maps from a number of different online mapping sources, including Google, Yahoo, MSN, NASA, and others (without official consent).

I always get philosophical whenever I play around with online mapping/satellite imaging services.

I always think “wow, look at how far humanity has come even from the time when I was growing up; who would thought that any random joe would be able to browse satellite images of the entire earth at will, searching by address for the neighborhood of even the house they want to look at, zooming in and out and rotating the earth at will!”.

I get even more philosophical and it reminds me of Socrates (or was it Plato?) who said something like: the more I know, the more I know how much it is still that I dont know. In this case what I don’t know is why anyone would want 8 different sources for these satellite images, since they all look and function pretty much exactly the same. If you have any thoughts or ideas about this please leave a comment and let us know ;).

I should also mention that Flashearth is a very slick app that scores high on the coolness scale (zooming in and out with the mouse scroll wheel is particularly pleasing). Be sure to check it out.


Go to the Flashearth wesbsite.