Adjust the map scale by using the + sign at the side of the map or Double Click on the map, or use two fingers. Do this to home in on your country, city, town, street and finally your home! If you are using a laptop or PC put your mouse cursor near your location, click down and drag to the middle.
Please read these instructions to find a satellite photo image of your home town.
Repeat the process of enlarging or dragging to centre the map as necessary. Choose the Satellite view or Map view. In Satellite View you have the option of text Labels displayed or not. In Map View you have the option of Terrain display which shows height contour lines as you get closer. For terrain height at specific places go to terrain height of the ground
You may determine the distance between two places. Set the first place in the middle by dragging the map so the cursor is on the location. Then click with the mouse on the second location and it will tell you the distance in miles or km.
Look for your town or house. Try for the maximum possible expansion of the satellite image photo. In many cases, where higher resolution images exist, it is possible to see cars, in good lighting and clear sky.
The images here on this website provide you with a free aerial view of property. There is a cost however to me, Google have started charging me since July 2018, so I am cutting back on what is displayed. I have cut out the orange stick-man icon used to see street views and also removed the search box where you could type in the name of the place. This was called Geocoding and cost extra to provide.
If you see a message about this page having been downloaded too many times, this is because the number of times has exceeded my quota daily or 1 per 100 seconds per user limit. In this case I suggest you wait, or download the Google Earth software package and use that instead. These two links may help: https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/earth/versions/ for desktop and https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/ for mobiles. Google Earth has the added advantage that you can sometimes see historical images taken a while ago. Do View and then click Historical Imagery. I have several times had people ask about where they can get old pictures of their house. The images may be from various dates and some may be poor quality due to cloud cover or poor sun angle lighting.
The Google satellite map database already includes detailed mapping information such as town, road and street maps for the US, UK, Ireland, Europe and Japan. In these cases you can use the detailed road and street maps to home in on your location.
For some selected examples of satellite remote-sensing/satellite imagery, such as satellite photos taken from Landsat see Landsat for satellite images in the infrared, water vapour and visible spectrum images for weather purposes.
For reference purposes, the latitude and longitude coordinates of the centre of the map are shown below the map. Look carefully at the centre and you should see the flashing pixel centre marker.
Satellite imagery is expensive to obtain and may be charged for, particularly the higher resolution imagery which shows your house and home or even your car parked in the street outside your house. If you do the satellite view of some major cities you will see example satellite view images where you can see cars. I've even managed to see the shadow behind my dad's gravestone in the cemetery in Manchester, UK. To use the displayed images click on the attribution at the extreme bottom edge where you can go to the terms and conditions. If you are looking for older images either contact the companies directly or try the Google Earth software download, which has a facility to access older images, some of which may be poor quality due to cloud etc..
If you want to buy a recent satellite image then I have found a company that does this. They have agreements with a variety of different satellite imaging providers, TeLEOS, Planet, Maxar, KOMPSAT and Skymap, with images areas from 1 km2 to 10km2, and resolutions from 30/50cm to 2.5m, available to order. Prices (as of April 2022) vary from $4.99 to $1,699 depending on the area requested and detail resolution. Go here: https://www.spymesat.com/
Legacy: 27 Sept 2018 : I have removed the search box where you could input your wanted name location and also the orange peg-man icon which enabled street view. Since 16th July 2018 Google have been charging me for usage of this page. This site relies on advertising alone for its income and I can't afford to provide these extra two facilities.
Live satellite images of this kind of resolution are not available, but semi-live satellite imagery from geostationary height is available for weather forecast purposes.
Latitude is North - South ( up and down ! ). Longitude is West - East ( sideways ! ). Note zero on the equator and positive in the northern hemisphere and negative in the southern hemisphere. Longitude is zero on the prime meridian - home of Greenwich Mean Time and is positive to the east, across Europe and Asia, and negative to the west, across the Atlantic and the Americas. The datum used is WGS84. If you use GPS make sure that your GPS device is configured to WGS84 for compatibility.
Read about the history of latitude and longitude from the English perspective.
An alternative, from the French viewpoint.
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Updated 24 Feb 2023, 16 August 2023.