Saharan Stone Circle Mystery

Right in the middle of the Sahara desert, in the dunes of northern Niger, there’s a circle which is clearly not a natural formation. The circle itself is roughly 52 metres across, but if we zoom out a little, we…

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Monday, 16th March 2009

The World’s Largest Skateparks

Shanghai is the most populous city in China, and as befits a population over 20 million, the city has been blessed with the largest skatepark in the world. SMP Skatepark has an incredible 13,700 m2 of skateable space, much of…

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Thursday, 12th March 2009

The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Airport

This is Naval Air Station Sigonella, a U.S. Navy installation in Sicily, Italy, as seen in this image on Google Earth that was originally captured on June 27th, 2006. This next image of exactly the same area is from Microsoft…

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Monday, 9th March 2009

Joyeux Anniversaire! Buon Compleanno!

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of our first foreign language translations of Google Sightseeing, when we launched Google Sightseeing Français translated by Julien Gremillot, and Google Sightseeing Italiano translated by Alexei Popov. Many congratulations to Julien…

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Tuesday, 3rd March 2009

Massive Google Earth Update Provides Evidence of Scottish Giants

Over the weekend Google rolled out another major image update to Google Earth. Frank at the GEarth Blog is tracking the updates, and has so far spotted changes all over the place! Scotland, China, Africa, South Korea, Mongolia, Iceland, Sweden,…

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Monday, 2nd March 2009

GPeniS

This is the very lovely, but otherwise totally normal-looking Place de Terreaux in Lyon, France. Nothing strange about it at all, right? However if you turn on the “show labels” option on Google Maps, it looks a lot like Google…

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Friday, 27th February 2009

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Main Branch of the NY Public Library Opened

On May 23, 1911, the imposing Main Branch of the New York Public Library was opened to the public, with…

Undiscovered Hawaii: Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau

Hawaii is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, with millions of people from around the world streaming into the islands each year. While most tourists lounge their time away on the beaches of Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Kauai, and the Big Island of Hawaii, many forget that there are eight major islands in the archipelago. Being Island Week, now is the perfect time to take a look at the other three major islands of the 50th state of the United States.

On this day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was Born

On May 22, 1859, the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh. 221B Baker Street is, of course,…

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