Over the next few weeks, the earth will be seeing a series of unique celestial events. Tomorrow many of us we will be able to see a a solar eclipse, June 4 will feature a lunar eclipse, and June 6 is the Transit of Venus. As you might expect, there are great Google Earth tools to help you make the most of all three events.
You can use the dropdown box in the lower right corner of the site to view other simulations, both past and future. You can learn more about the features available on their site by reading this text file.
Dr. Andrew Shears is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, and this past semester he led a great project in his GEO 106 class – modeling the entire campus!
He first divided the campus into five sections for his 20 students to tackle, then set them to work. The end result is an excellent model of the campus that all of us will get to enjoy:
The models have been submitted to Google for approval, though they aren’t yet showing up in the base layer of 3D Buildings in Google Earth. I’d expect to see them arrive in the next week or two.
Dr. Shears has written a very detailed blog entry that walks you through every aspect of the modeling process. It looks like it was a great class, the students learned a lot, and the resulting model is something that they can all be proud of!