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Star Viewer Update

I've added another video to the Star Viewer Map. The latest video to be added to the map is a 3D animation of Pismis 24-1.

Pismis 24-1 (also known as HDe 319718) is part of an open cluster in the nebula NGC 6357. Pismis 24-1 is the largest and more brilliant of the visible stars of this cluster and is one of the most massive stars known. The star is at least a double star, as revealed by the recent observation of camera ACS of the Hubble space telescope.



I have to apologise in advance for the unacceptably puerile nature of this Google Maps Mashup. This map geo-tags some of the more risqué place names around the world.

The map animates Twittervision style through a hundred of the rudest named places in the world. The map includes 'stop' and 'play' buttons, so if you are intrigued by the name of the location you can pause the map and have a closer look.

If you are interested in the etymology of some of the more imaginatively named locations in the world then this Wikipedia entry (which was the Wikipedia front page article yesterday) explains the history of one once popular road name in the UK.


Cape Coast Castle, Ghana

Cape Coast Castle is a fortification in Ghana. The first timber construction on the site was erected in 1653 for the Swedish Africa Company and named Carolusborg after King Charles X of Sweden. It was later rebuilt in stone.

In April 1663 the whole Swedish Gold Coast was seized by the Danes, and integrated in the Danish Gold Coast. In 1664 the Castle was conquered by the British and was extensively rebuilt by the Committee of Merchants (whose Governors administered the entire British colony) in the late 18th century. In 1844, it became the seat of the colonial Government of the British Gold Coast.

View a video of Cape Coast Castle


St Joseph's Cathedral, Eritrea

St Joseph's Cathedral in Asmara, Eritrea, is a large Romanesque style cathedral in the centre of the city that was built when Eritrea was an Italian colony. It is the seat of the Ethiopian Catholic bishop of the eparchy of Asmara.

The Ethiopian Catholic Church is an autonomous particular church of the Roman Catholic Church. The building took six years to construct and was consecrated in 1922. Its tall Gothic tower is loosely based on that of the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster, London.

View a video of St Joseph's Cathedral in Google Maps

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