I’m attending the Annapolis US Sailboat Show at the home of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland today. So, I thought I would start today with an interesting naval find in the new imagery for Google Earth released Oct. 2nd – and, I’m including a link to the boat show as well.
Ohio Class Sub – The new imagery from Oct. 2nd reveals an Ohio Class Nuclear Sub heading toward its homeport in the Hood Canal portion of the Puget Sound. The location was revealed at the Google Earth Community by DelPiero in this thread. Several others added detailed speculations on which sub is in the photo, and noted the presence of three Coast Guard escorts. Here is a KML file with placemarks for all 4 vessels, and a link to the US Navy academy and the boat show I’m attending in Annapolis.
Galactic Delight – A team of astronomers from several space and ground based observatories have combined efforts to study a strip of our sky which includes a huge number of galaxies – and is known as the Groth Strip. The observatories specialize in observing a number of different parts of the wavelengths of light. You can read more about the project called AEGIS here. What’s more interesting is they have started releasing results viewable in Google Earth’s new Sky mode – see it here (see some instructions here). Stefan Geens at OgleEarth has a nice write-up about it.
Constellation Drawings – Stephanie at the Google Earth Community has put together some excellent constellation depictions of mythological figures as image overlays for Google Sky (see post). The drawings come from engravings from Johannes Hevelius Firmamentum Sobiescianum (1690), and more details can be found from a web site of the Hubble Space Telescope. You can download the network link here which shows the images. Beautiful pictures – and a great idea to make them available to Sky Stephanie!