How to acquire or copy satellite images in Google Earth?

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If you are developing a project and you need to have satellite images, in this short note we will show you how to download and copy satellite images in Google Earth , in a practical and simple way.

Google Earth is one of the most popular computer programs on the planet. Since the launch of its first version in 2005, Google's geo browser has become one of the most visited and most useful websites on the Internet.

How to acquire or copy satellite images from Google Earth

But downloading or copying geotagged Google Earth images is not as easy and simple as taking a simple screenshot. In this article, we will show you different steps and processes to copy satellite images to Google Earth.

      How does Google Earth work?

      Google Earth is a program created at the beginning of this century by the company Keyhole Inc and from the financing of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America under the name of Earthviewer 3D.

      In 2004 Google acquired the Keyhole company and took control of this valuable asset which, the following year, 2005, launched its first version as Google Earth.

      Google Earth works like a geo-navigator which allows the user to travel around the world, through photographs and updated satellite images. On this occasion we will show you how to copy satellite images to Google Earth.

      Through the Internet, Google Earth facilitates access to information of vital importance, for example for studies socio-geographical or socio-spatial, such as droughts of lakes or reservoirs, mining, among others, which can be analyzed in detail through the satellite images and aerial photographs it provides.

      This program also allows detailed monitoring of urban movements , as it contains valuable up-to-date artwork from cities around the world. It also has oceanographic bathymetric information.

      How to copy satellite images to Google Earth?

      The easiest way (although not the one that provides the best image quality) to get images from Google Earth is through the recognized copy and paste.

      • The first step is to identify the image needed for the project under development. With this image defined, the next step is to go up Google Earth o Google Maps and search for the requested site or address.
      • Subsequently, the study area is determined by means of pins or markers.
      • Go through the geo browser and locate the site determined by the pins or markers. Both with the satellite search engine and with the help of the mouse you can make a fairly approximate approach to the precise position you want.
      • To copy the picture, press option “Print Screen” on keyboard Depending on your keyboard version, this option may look like “ Print screen ".
      • Download the image into your device's Paint program with the "Paste" option. Paint allows you to modify the graphic, eliminating those areas of it that you do not consider of interest for the project.

      Copy satellite images from Google Earth using external applications?

      You can also download or copy images from Google Earth using external applications such as SAS.Planet , which has the advantage of being a free-to-access application.

      SAS.Planet is an application to be used in other geographic browsers such as Bing Maps, DigitalGlobe, Google Maps, Yandez, Yahoo! Mappe, OpenStreetMap .

      The SAS.Planet application requires no installation, you download the latest version to use when you run it. With function "Selection Management" you define the section of the chart or area you want to download.

      The section "Download" facilitates the work of demarcating the selected area. Allows you to manage the resolution or zoom of the image via the "Zoom" function.

      To define the output format of the image, if you need it to be in JPEG, PNG; BMP, ECW or JPEG2000, go to "Point" tab. Finally, to download it, give it a name and a destination file. In this way we show you how to copy satellite images to Google Earth.

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