Virtual Tourism

Virtual tourism, google maps mashup, google video

Medusa Map

I've added a video of the Medusa Galaxy to the Star Viewer Map. To view the video click the link at the bottom of the page.

Due to the imminent demise of Google Pages I've also had to change the home page of the Star Viewer Map. It will still work on the previous Google Pages link for a few more days.

However, if you have the Star Viewer Map bookmarked, you will need to change the url to:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/keir.clarke/star/sky.htm

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Wimbledon Twitter Map

Using some code made freely available by www.mapchannels.com I've created a Wimbledon Twitter Map. The page shows all the latest Tweets about Wimbledon. It is also possible to click on a number of player names to see the latest Tweets about your favourite tennis players.

The map itself doesn't actually serve much purpose but you can search for different locations to see what people are saying about Wimbledon (or the players) at different locations around the world.

Pinwheel Galaxy

I've added a video of the Pinwheel Galaxy to the Sky Viewer Map.

The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy about 27 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain on March 27, 1781, and he subsequently communicated his discovery to Charles Messier who verified its position and added it to the Messier Catalogue as one of the final entries.

The video comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Hidden Universe series.