How To See Your House From Space
There are two great, free ways to see your house (or anything) from space, via satellite imagery.
- Method one: Google Maps
Good if you have an older, slow computer or a slow internet connection
To use Google Maps go to Google.com and click on MAPS. Enter the address you want to see (or the location, like "Disneyland") and click the Search Maps button. Google will display a map of the location you entered. To view the location "from space" click the "Satellite" button to switch to the "view from space". Use the zoom buttons on the left to zoom in for a closer look.
- Method two: Google Earth
Good if you have a newer PC and a high-speed internet connection
GoogleEarth is free as part of the GooglePack.
GoogleEarth is an amazing program. If you have never played with it, it is good for at least a few hours of entertainment. GoogleEarth is a virtual "from space" globe on your computer. You can spin the globe and "fly" to any spot on the face of the planet and zoom in right down to treetops. GoogleEarth is the same program used on most TV News programs when showing maps of Iraq, etc.
This is Google's description (taken from their website):
Take virtual tours around the world
It's the planet inside your PC; an atlas, encyclopedia and flight simulator, all rolled into one. Just point and zoom to any place you want to explore. Cities, mountains, and valleys are depicted in high-resolution 3D, along with related information.
Find local information and plan trips
Search for local businesses, and get driving directions. Results are shown on-screen. You can easily layer multiple searches, save results to folders, and share placemarks with others.
Explore multimedia content
Find rich multimedia information from the web community and popular sources like National Geographic. Explore the left sidebar and look for the Geographic Web and Featured Content layers as well as layers for 3D buildings, parks, schools, hospitals, airports, shops and more.
Share information about your travels
Placemark places you have visited, then share them with friends. Google Earth lets you add tons of information to placemarks, for example – photos, notes, restaurant reviews and more. View thousands of such data points created by other Google Earth users, using .KML, the Google Earth file format.