Ever wonder how old Google Local’s satellite pictures are?
The new zoom levels that Google announced yesterday make it even easier to tell. One method is to look at local football stadiums and see how the fields are decorated.
I checked the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, site of this years BCS national championship, and found the field decorated for a USC-Michigan game. That game was probably the Rose Bowl played January 1, 2004, when USC beat Michigan 28-14 to claim a share of the national championship. So – these images are about two years old.
The imagery of Dolphins Stadium, where the Orange Bowl is played, was fuzzier because the new zoom levels aren’t available for that location yet. However, It looks like Iowa versus USC, a game played January 2nd, 2003 (three years ago). USC won that one too – 38-17
Update: Fixed name of stadium where Orange Bowl is played.