Colorado Balloon Things

Doug described these things in Colorado as ‘deep space satellites’. Can anyone confirm what they are? (Please, please don’t say ‘weather balloons’…) Update: Turns out that these are actually two parabolic dish antennas belonging to the Deep Space Exploration Society…

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Thursday, 2nd June 2005

Double Bridge Shadow

Here’s a great double bridge shadow in New Orleans. Weirdly, Google Maps labels both bridges as the Greater New Orleans Bridge, and they also both appear to carry the same highway. Does traffic only go one way on each perhaps?…

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Thursday, 2nd June 2005

Washington Square Park

One of more than 1,700 parks in New York City, Washington Square Park is probably one of the best known (after Central Park obviously). In 1889, to celebrate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguracy as president, a large plaster and…

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Thursday, 2nd June 2005

Tacoma Narrows

This is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which is the replacement for the original one which famously collapsed on film in 1940 (the link is to the movie on Wikipedia in ogg format, there’s loads of statistics there too). What’s really…

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Wednesday, 1st June 2005

George Washington National Masonic Monument

Based on the lighthouse in ancient Alexandria (one of the ‘seven wonders of the world’), the George Washington National Masonic Monument in Alexandria, VA stands at 333 foot tall. Washington was the ‘worshipful master’ of the local Masons lodge when…

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Wednesday, 1st June 2005

Mount Sutro TV Tower

On Mount Sutro in San Francisco stands the 977 foot Mount Sutro TV Tower. To withstand earthquakes the steel tower is built on foundations made from 15 million pounds of concrete. Ground level photos of the tower can be found…

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Wednesday, 1st June 2005

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

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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