The multi-fold advancements in the field of computers (and technology, in general) have not just simplified our daily lives, but have also made a lot of cool, and previously thought to be impossible things, doable. Whether you want to search for anything, binge endlessly on your favorite shows, write your next novel, or do anything else, there’s a website, app, or software available for it. And thanks to incredible applications like Google Maps and Google Earth, you can see just about any place in the world, in front of your computer while sitting in the luxury of your house.

Utilizing superimposed images obtained from sources such as satellites and geographical information systems (GIS), Google Earth lets you zoom in on cities, buildings, natural landscapes etc. around the world, mapped onto a virtual 3D globe. And among its many features are street view and historical imagery. Not only that, it also lets you take a broad view of our solar system which is pretty cool.

While Google Earth is great, there are few other options out there which can help you do the same things. Many users are not happy with Google’s data collection policies and don’t have to handover any more data than they have to. One of the ways to remove Google from your life is by not using its products. If for that reason or a reason of your own, you are searching for Google Earth alternatives then you have come to the right place. Here are the 3 best Google Earth alternatives you can use in 2019.

Note: Do not confuse Google Earth with Google Maps. If you are looking for Google Maps alternative you can click here to read the article.

Best Google Earth Alternatives in 2019

1. NASA World Wind

If something bears the name and backing of the space agency of the United States, there’s nothing doubting the fact that it’ll be good. And as such, the open-source NASA World Wind is one of the best Google Earth alternatives you can find. It’s worth noting that NASA World Wind is a Java based Software Development Kit, primarily targeted at developers, who can use it to create applications using data (satellite imagery, topographic maps etc.) provided by NASA and USGS.

1. NASA World Wind

From zoom to tilt, different types of controls are supported, and there’s a sizeable collection of high-resolution imagery. The database contains millions of place names, political boundaries, and even latitude/longitude lines. Also, there are numerous plug-ins and add-ons, which can be used to add features like camera controlling scripts, and XML files displaying place-marks as icons.

Platform Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Price: Free

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2. Marble

No matter what place on Earth you want to check out, Marble will help you out with it. The robust Google Earth alternative has multiple viewing modes, which can be used to view the Earth as not only a 3D globe, but also highlight its topographical features, street views, and even temperature and precipitation data. This is further enhanced by information like photos, real-time traffic updates, and online/offline address search. In fact, Marble also has routing and turn-by-turn navigation (both online and offline) features.

2. Marble

The application itself is fairly lightweight, as it ships without any extra data-sets. However, the same can be easily fetched via in-app downloads. There are even data-sets that let you view virtual models of moon and other planets, and follow satellites and space stations orbits, which are updated in real-time. Add to it, there are many useful tools like time simulation, bookmarks etc., that makes Marble even better.

Platform Availability: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android

Price: Free

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3. Flash Earth

If all you need is a simple solution that lets you view satellite imagery of the Earth (or any location on it), the browser based Flash Earth might just be worth considering. It’s an online flash tool that you can use to view satellite images of Earth, using multiple sources like NASA, Bing Maps, and ArcGIS. For the NASA sourced images, you can specify any custom date (with individual day, month and year). The tool also provides search functionality for viewing images corresponding to any location on Earth, which can be shared via direct links. How cool is that?

3. Flash Earth

Platform Availability: Web

Price: Free

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SEE ALSO: 50 Cool Google Search Tricks to Search Better in 2019

Visit places Virtually with These Google Earth Alternatives

It’s true that Google Earth is the undisputed leader when it comes to viewing 3D virtual representations of the Earth, and the many natural landscapes, man-made cities that our planet is home to. However, as seen above, Google Earth is not the only one out there. So check out these Google Earth alternatives, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. About all the ways you can navigate the earth with all the apps or online views of Earth. They say that all that information is gathered together by satellites well then why our all of them cropped or are a 3D virtual image. Witch if you don’t know where I’m going with this I’ll tell you. If we had satellites in so called space that maps the world then why do they have to make up or make a computer design of everything because if we had satellites that take pics and videos of Earth then why would they have to make a computer imaging design of it which is fake why don’t they just use the so called real pictures and videos from the so-called satellites and just show those. Yes you can look up videos of Earth being taken from really up high by someone in a aircraft or by a so called weather balloon but if you really pay attention you will notice that when ever they take a pic or a video it’s with in the firmament of our earth it’s not a pic or video of our earth from so called space of what they say is out there. It’s all fake really. Do your research and make sure the sources where you get your information from is not from the same sources that came up with maps the fake Earth.

  2. Wow, first time I’ve actually laughed out loud while online recently, was reading “self professed grammar nazi…” Really? OMG LMAO !!!!! This is the most grammatically (and content) pathetic “review” ever tapped out by bot or person. IMHO of course.

  3. Why do people believe in heaven?
    Has anyone come back?
    If so when?
    Religion is absolutely just old men trying to keep the young doing their bidding, when you die then you get lucky, presumably this worked at Jonestown.

    • Neville, you are so very right. Religion and its traditions are full of non-sense. Never were good, never will be good. It poisons the human mind mercilessly.

    • Lol. Valid point. I guess they believe in something or somewhere nice to go because they are afraid of dying. And for everything living, is inevitable. I suppose it comforts them.

    • My Dad appeared to two people, after his death, He was in the light therefor we knew he had gone to heaven.
      Before his death he saw his Mum, God is within us, you might experience the Spirit praying within you one day? Neither heaven nor hell is an old man old wives tale.

  4. It’s crazy how a person can be so smart they can be so foolish this is why God said professing themselves to be wise they became fools. He also says a fool says in his heart there is no God. I pray this guy repents