Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

Video of NGC 6791

NGC 6791I've added a short video from NASA to the Star Viewer Map. The video looks at a recent Hubble telescope image of NGC 6791.

NGC 6791 is one of the oldest and largest open clusters known. The detection by Hubble of white dwarfs that vary in age leads astronomers to rethink the theory that stars found in these clusters develop at the same time from large clouds of interstellar dust and gas.

Beijing Olympics Map

I've added a couple of more locations to the Beijing Olympics Map that have 3D buildings in the Google Earth browser plug-in.

I've also added a number of videos to the map. I think this map is beginning to be quite impressive :)

You will need to have the Google Earth Browser plug-in to view the map. If you don't have the plug-in already the map will ask you for permission to download it.

Olympic Stadium, Montreal

olympic stadium montrealThe Olympic Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada built as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics. It subsequently became the home of Montreal's professional baseball and Canadian football teams.

It currently serves as a 56,040-seat multipurpose facility for special events (e.g. concerts, trade shows) during non-winter months, and continues to serve as a venue for Grey Cup games hosted by the Montreal Alouettes. La Tour de Montreal, the tower incorporated into the base of the stadium, is the tallest inclined tower in the world at 175 metres, and is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

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The Google Earth 3d building of the Olympic Stadium is pretty impressive so I have added the ability to view the stadium with the new Google Earth browser to the map.

View a video of the Olympic Stadium on Google Maps

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Drottningholm Palace, Sweden

Drottningholm PalaceThe Drottningholm Palace is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. It is located in Drottningholm. It is built on the island Lovon (in Ekero Municipality of Stockholm County), and is one of Sweden's Royal Palaces.

It was originally built in the late 16th century. Apart from being the private residency of the Swedish royal family, the castle is a popular tourist attraction.

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View a video or Drottningholm Palace in Google Maps

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Beijing Olympics 2008

I've created a Beijing Olympics 2008 map using the new Google Earth browser plug-in. The map shows some of the venues being used for the Olympics and a few other landmarks in Beijing.

To view the map you have to have the Google Earth plug-in. If you don't already have the plug-in just press 'yes' when prompted.

Where in the world is ... Answers

Here are Google's answers to their latest Where in the world .. quiz. As you can see from my guesses on the post below I was way off with many of my answers.

1) Founded in 1608, this former British possession has a decidedly French flair.
--Quebec

2) Once the seat of great political power, this red fortress is now a major tourist attraction.
--Alhambra, Granada

3) Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city was lost to the world for 1700 years.
--Pompeii

4) Passing by a famous golf course and luxurious mansions, this stretch of road is a tourist attraction in its own right.
--17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach (California)

5) Legend has it that Hercules founded this major European city.
--Barcelona

6) This city within a city plays host to an Opera House, Planetarium, Science Museum, Oceanographic Park, and beautiful gardens.
--City of Arts & Sciences, Valencia (Spain)

7) When we updated imagery of this city, we got complete coverage of another country with it.
--Rome & Vatican City

8) This city hosted General MacArthur's South West Pacific Headquarters during WWII.
--Brisbane

9) Some of my Googler co-workers can enjoy the views from this very tall building.
--Taipei 101, Taipei

Here is a more detailed list of locations in Google Earth that have had an image update:

Updated Imagery:

Americas:
- USA: San Diego, San Francisco metro area, Wenatchee (WA), New Mexico.

- Canada: Quebec, New Westminster (BC).

Europe, Middle East & Africa:

- England: Bristol

- Spain: Barcelona, Costa del Sol, Granada, Murcia, Valencia, Cuenca, Toledo, Caceres, Zaragoza.

- Portugal: Braga, new base imagery for entire country

- Italy: Rome, Naples

- Germany: Freidburg, Munich

Asia & Oceania:

- Australia: Brisbane, Great Barrier Reef

- Taiwan: Taipei, Taichung

Google LatLong: Where in the world is...

Google Earth has received another image update. As is Google's way they initially only give clues as to which areas have received improved imagery. Here are the clues (my guesses in red) (GE for the masses has had a go as well - their answers / guesses sometimes differ - their answers are in blue and actually are probably better guesses than mine):

1) Founded in 1608, this former British possession has a decidedly French flair.
Montreal Quebec City

2) Once the seat of great political power, this red fortress is now a major tourist attraction.

Hmm - not much of a clue to this one. India alone has a number of Red Forts. This is Delhi's Red Fort. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort. The Alhambra Fortress, Granada, Spain - this seems more likely than my guess as there seems to be a lot of updates for Spain this time round. .

3) Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city was lost to the world for 1700 years.
Herculaneum, Pompei - same volcano different location

4) Passing by a famous golf course and luxurious mansions, this stretch of road is a tourist attraction in its own right.

5) Legend has it that Hercules founded this major European city.
Seville, Spain, Barcelona, Spain - that Hercules was a busy god.

6) This city within a city plays host to an Opera House, Planetarium, Science Museum, Oceanographic Park, and beautiful gardens.
Looks like the City of Arts and Science in Valencia

7) When we updated imagery of this city, we got complete coverage of another country with it.
Rome has The Vatican which is a sovereign city state.

8) This city hosted General MacArthur's South West Pacific Headquarters during WWII.
Melbourne, Brisbane, Australia

9) Some of my Googler co-workers can enjoy the views from this very tall building.
Taipei 101 Tower, Taipei, Taiwan




Via: Google LatLong: Where in the world is...

Konark Sun Temple, India

Konark Sun TempleThe Konark Sun Temple (also spelled Konarak) is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god. Shaped like a giant chariot, the temple is known for the exquisite stone carvings that cover the entire structure.

The Konark Sun Temple is the most popular tourist destination in Orissa and has been a World Heritage Site since 1984. It is located in the village of Konark, which is 35km north of Puri on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. The Sun Temple at Konarak was built in about 1250 AD by the East Ganga king Narasimhadeva. It is thought he built the temple to commemorate military successes against Muslim invaders.

View a video of the Konark Sun Temple in Google Maps

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Colossi of Memnon, Egypt

The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

The twin statues depict Amenhotep III in a seated position, his hands resting on his knees and his gaze turned eastward toward the river and the rising sun. Two shorter figures are carved into the front throne alongside his legs: these are his wife Tiy and mother Mutemwiya. The side panels depict the Nile god Hapi.

View a video of the Colossi of Memnon on Google Maps

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Sydney Harbour Time Lapse

There is no particular reason to post this, except it is rather beautiful.


Via: Digital Urban

Virtual Tour of Paris

I've started creating a Virtual Tour of Paris. At the moment I haven't got very far but you're free to have a wander around what I have completed so far.

The tour is built on top of the new Google Maps Street View imagery of Paris. I will add a map to the tour at some point. I've added a map. The other development is probably to provide links so that if you wander off the tour you can easily find your way back.

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Google Street View Arrives in France

Google Maps Street View is available outside of the USA for the first time. With the Tour de France due to start on Saturday Google have added Street View imagery to the race route.


The coverage is limited to the route and in some places to a small area around the race route. However Google will extend it in the next few months, when Street View will be available in many other European countries.

French Street Viewer - A small collection of French Street Views (growing by the minute).