I am working on a small creek in Colorado using historical imagery via Google earth. I want to know if the imagery date at the bottom of each image on google earth is the date the google acquired the image. Or, is it the date the satellite recorded it?

I came across this blog post online (https://www.quora.com/How-can-you-find-out-the-date-of-satellite-images-used-in-Google-Maps), which suggests that the two dates do not always match.

Does google provide metadata for imagery? Please advice.

  • $\begingroup$ You might look at earthexplorer.usgs.gov to see if you can find the original imagery and thus date. $\endgroup$
    – user967
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 16:08
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    $\begingroup$ Could you provide in more detail what are you going to use with it when you download it ? What software ? $\endgroup$
    Commented Dec 29, 2019 at 3:03
  • $\begingroup$ You can try ESRI Imagery Wayback it has images from 2014-present. $\endgroup$
    – Padmanabha
    Commented Jul 13, 2021 at 12:26


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