See a map over time – ABOUT MAG 2020

Google Google Earth automatically displays the current imagery. To see how images have changed over time, view previous versions of a map on a timeline.

  1. Open Google Earth.
  2. Find a location.
  3. Click Eyesight and then Historical imagery or, above the 3D viewer, click Time Time.


  • You can zoom in or out to change the start and end dates covered by your timeline.
  • The time slider is not available when you record movies.
  • If you select more than one data set, the time slider will show the collective range of all data sets.

Import data to view a map over time

Import GPS tracks from a specific period or other data that contain weather information to view images on a timeline.

  1. Import GPS data or other time-related data.
  2. In the Locations panel, select the imported data. The time slider will appear on the top 3D viewer with a time interval that corresponds to the data you have selected.
  3. The lines on the timeline indicate the dates when your map images are available. To explore different time periods:
    • To change the time period, drag the range marker to the right or left.
    • To do the time interval sooner or later, drag the time slider to the right or left. The interval marker moves with the time slider, so that the displayed time interval remains the same.
    • Zoom in to zoom out or zoom out to zoom the period covered by your timeline. The start and end dates on the timeline are changed.

Change the time of day

You can see the effect of the sun and the sunlight on the landscape.

Enable the sunlight feature

Click on Sunlight Sun light. You can see the current level of sunlight at your current location.

Note: The time slider is displayed.

  • To change the time zone: Drag the time slider to the left or right. Depending on your location and time of year, you can watch the sunrise or sunset while looking east or west.
  • To display an animation of sunlight in the landscape: Click the play button on the time slider.
  • To hide the sun: Click on Sunlight Sun light.

note: This feature usually produces dramatic effects when you are viewing mountain or mountainous terrain.

Paula Fonseca