Links/Tweets: Google Mistake, Shadow Animation, Locating Missile Strike,

  • Google Mistake – fixed – News came out over the last few days that Google had made a mistake labeling some locations for Google maps in an area where a border is disputed between India and China. Google apologized for the mistake immediately, and today he labels are corrected. The timing was particularly bad because there was a negotiation about the disputed area between the two countries in progress. Stefan Geens wrote an excellent summary of the situation and explained how Google’s disputed border mapping works.

  • Eclipse Shadow Animation – Michael of created this cool animation (using Google Earth plugin) of the July 22nd solar eclipse which shows the umbra and penumbra shadow of the eclipse as it crosses the Earth. This was in response to a tweet with a link to a NOAA satellite photo showing the real shadow as seen from space.

  • Locating Missile Strike – Stefan of OgleEarth also did an excellent job searching for the location of the missile strike that may have killed Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Definitely worth a read to both see the location and how Stefan got his information.

  • Fovant Badges – I really liked this GoogleSightseeing story of the WWII badges drawn into the side of a chalk hill in the UK. The story has placemarks to the locations – I encourage looking at it with GE so you can see the 3D perspective. Here’s a link showing several of the badges with EarthURL.

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. Eclipse Shadow Animation:
    Go onto that webpage and then click on “Satellite Animation” to get a the full animation of the moon’s umbra from the MTSAT japanese satellite.
    Using my Solar Eclipse Maestro ( application (sorry MacOS X only) you can generate hires Google Earth kmz files with the complete umbral and penumbral animation including the eclipse path and outline curves.

  2. Excellent summary on the google fumble. When are they supposed to reach an agreement? Has a settlement date been determined?

  3. Mika Hiltunen says:

    The China-India labeling bug is not the only one. Finland (yes, the whole country) has been suffering from the same type of bug over two months now.
    Check out the whole thread ( which begun on 25th of May. The bug still exists.

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