Build your own Liquid Galaxy with the Fluid Nebula

We’ve shown you Google’s “Liquid Galaxy” before — a very cool eight-screen set-up that immerses you in Google Earth — and we’ve even shown you how you can build your own. Of course, building your own would still cost tens of thousand of dollars, and isn’t practical for most of us.
However, many of us have multiple monitors on our desk. What if you could turn those into a mini-Liquid Galaxy? Enter Xavier Tassin and Fluid Nebula.


When you start it up, it loads an instance of the Google Earth Plug-in on your screen. At bottom are links you can use to “Extend to left screen” or “Extend to right screen”. In my case, as shown above, I did both! The various instances of the Plug-in are automatically synced together for a very smooth experience.
Of course, you could just stretch Google Earth across your screens, so why is this any different? The angles. The key to being immersed in the Liquid Galaxy is the slightly different angle being shown on each screen, and the same is true with the Fluid Nebula — the side screens are shown at a 60 degree angle from the center screen.
That’s great enough, but it gets better. Using your mobile phone or tablet, you can control the action by simply tilting your device and using the arrows on it to move! It connects through your local wifi network, and in my case I simply loaded on my Xoom and it worked great!

Go try it for yourself right now on Obviously, the more powerful your computer and graphics card, the better the experience. You can also learn more on the +Fluid Nebula Google+ Page.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Paul van Dinther says:

    Wow! It just can not get easier than this.
    Beautifully executed. Soon all applications will just have this feature build in.
    My Nexus One connects to the application and lets me type a flyto destination which is executed but it won’t control the view…yet.

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