The Omnipotent Engineers at Google Have Banished Clouds From Earth
Thanks to hundreds of terabytes of data swiped from the USGS's and NASA's Landsat 7 satellite, zooming out to a global view now fills your screen with 800,000 megapixels of pristine, cloudless Earth. Plus, multiple regions have been bestowed with refreshened imagery including Russia, Indonesia, and central Africa.
You can check out the sunnier view either in Google Maps by turning on satellite view or in Google Earth right now. It's all the beauty of the outside world without, well, actually being outside. [ Google Blog ]