Virtual Tourism

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Star Viewer Map

I've added a new video from the Spitzer Hidden Universe series to the Star Viewer Map. The new video shows the formation of crystalline structures caused when material from Ex Lupi's disk started falling into the central star.

EX Lupi is in the constellation Lupus, about 500 light years away. To view the video select EX Lupi from the left hand side-panel or from the recently added link under the map. Then click on the blue square map marker on the map.

I've also added a comments section to the map, so now you can also leave feedback on the page.


Sydney Dust Storm Map

On Wednesday morning Sydney, Australia awoke to a red haze. The haze was a dust storm blown in from the desert outback. The dust storm stretched hundreds of kilometres along the coast of Australia.

Air pollution levels from the dust were the highest recorded since records began in the 1970s, with 15,500 micrograms of particles per cubic metre. This Google Map is a collection of a number of YouTube videos of the storm, shot in and around Sydney.

Sydney Dust Storm Map

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Aga Khan Palace, India

The Aga Khan Palace was constructed by Sultan Mohammed Shah, Aga Khan III, in the year 1892. Built in Yerwada, near Pune, it was intended to be a source of employment for the famine-struck villagers in the surrounding areas. Prince Karim El Husseni, Aga Khan IV, donated the palace to the Government of India in 1969, in memory of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy. The Aga Khan Palace is in Kalyani Nagar, Pune

The Aga Khan Palace is also known as the Gandhi National Memorial because of its close association with Mahatma Gandhi, who was kept at this palace under house arrest in the 1940s.

View a video of the Aga Khan Palace on Google Maps

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Daulatabad Fort, India

Daulatabad, is a 14th century fort city in Maharashtra, India, about 16 kilometers northwest of Aurangabad. The place, was once as known as Deogiri, (circa the sixth century AD, when it was an important uplands city along caravan routes and is now a village, based around the former city of the same name.

In 1327, it became the capital of Tughlaq dynasty, under Muhammad bin Tughluq (r. 1325-1351), who also changed its name, and forcibily moved the entire population of Delhi here, for two years, before it was abandoned due to lack of water.

View a video of Daulatabad Fort in Google Maps

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Bibi Ka Maqbara, India

Bibi Ka Maqbara is a maqbara built by Prince Azam Shah, son of Emperor Aurangzeb,the great Mughal Emperor, in the late 17th century as a loving tribute to his mother, Rabia Durrani. The monument's name translates literally to 'Tomb of the Lady', but has earned the nickname 'poor man’s Taj' because it was made to rival the Taj Mahal. It is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Unfortunately the comparison to the Taj Mahal has resulted in a general ignorance of the monument.

View a video of Bibi Ka Maqbara on Google Maps

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Fatehpur Sikri, India

Fatehpur Sikri is a city and a municipal board in Agra district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The historical city was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570 and served as the empire's capital from 1571 until 1585, when it was abandoned for reasons that remain unclear.

The surviving palace and mosque are a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View a video of Fatehpur Sikri on Google Maps

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