Links: Star Viewer, Green Screen, World Hockey, European Pollution, Golden Shadow

  • Star Viewer – Last week Mike at GoogleMapsMania pointed to me to a cool Sky/Google Maps mashup called Star Viewer. It has a nice tour with YouTube videos mixed in the placemarks. What I didn’t realize at the time is that they also have a KML file so you can view the placemarks in Google Earth. And, the Google Earth version looks really nice with the videos (Windows only – because Google Earth only supports video in Windows). Also, the mashup was done by the guys at Virtual Tourism.

  • Green Screen – Last August Stefan Geens at OgleEarth showed how you could use some software and video camera to create your own green screen overlay of Google Earth to mix with a video. Stefan has discovered that Hans Rosling has used a similar technique to produce a truly interesting video called Bangladesh Miracle. It’s worth watching!

  • World Hockey – A Google Earth Community (GEC) member called Sam034, who is a big Ice Hockey fan, has been documenting the sport in Google Earth for some time. Recently he has substantially updated his World Hockey Arenas collection which includes not only the locations of Hockey arenas, but also birthplaces of Hockey legends, world Hockey headquarters and halls of fame. Well done!

  • European Pollution – Another GEC member called tegandrew has posted a pollution visualization using data from the European Pollutant Emission Register showing information on the annual emissions of 11,099 industrial facilities in the 25 Member States of the EU for the year 2004. Read the post for more details and screenshots.

  • Golden Shadow – There were a lot of reports last week about InSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters). Since Google Earth is an excellent 3D visualization tool and has already been used in emergency situations (like Hurricane Katrina), it’s only natural an organization like this would use GE. Last fall, InSTEDD conducted a simulated emergency called “Golden Shadow” in Menlo Park, California with emergency workers and volunteers and used Google Earth to monitor the situation. Read more about what they did. This is just to serve as a testbed for technologies and techniques which they hope to share with emergency workers all around the world.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Very nicely done video, Mr.Rosling. It was informative too.

  2. I noticed in one of your GE videos that the sea and oceans were light blue and very detailed. I was just wondering why are the oceans in my GE dark blue and with very little detail? I even downloaded the 7 day GE pro trial but the ocean is still the same.

  3. If you have minute could you please answer the above question about the light blue sea in your GE video. I would be interested to know why its not in my edition of GE as it looked quite good.

  4. Kevin,
    The light blue ocean colors are coming from my Blue Marble Next Generation add-on which you can find here:

  5. Nice entry, Frank !
    I just realize that you live just few miles away from the RBC Center, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.
    I hope that sometimes you go to the arena to watch some great games 😉

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