Google maps has an upgraded feature. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

CAPE TOWN - Google has announced a new update to Google Maps that will now allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. 

The company has added to its lineup imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons and also made it easier to find them in Maps.


 In total, Google Maps now features imagery of 16 celestial bodies.

 Google has long offered detailed imagery of Mars and the Earth’s Moon. However, these weren’t directly accessible from the Maps interface.

Google worked with astronomical artist Björn Jónsson to bring planetary maps of various moons and planets to its service. 

According to Google,  Björn assembled the planetary maps of Europa, Ganymede, Rhea, and Mimas by working with imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency.

- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE