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Tracking Santa in Google Earth

Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
24 Dec 2010
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<p>We love this kind of thing but for today only you can track Santa delivering his presents in <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/what-we-do/bespoke-mapping-implementations/google-earth.aspx" target="_blank">Google Earth</a>. As I write at 13:15 GMT I can see him whizzing around Lae, Papua New Guinea and he is already up to 16.5 million presents delivered.</p> <p>There are two major views to this implementation, the first being on landing at a destination you can see Santa whizzing around (see below):</p> <p><a href="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2010/12/Santa2.png"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="Santa2" border="0" alt="Santa2" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2010/12/Santa2_thumb.png" width="510" height="371" /></a></p> <p>and the second is tracking Santa and his reindeers tracking across the sky in real time to his next destination (see below):</p> <p><a href="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2010/12/Santa1.png"><img style="background-image: none; border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; display: inline; border-top: 0px; border-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px" title="Santa1" border="0" alt="Santa1" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2010/12/Santa1_thumb.png" width="510" height="377" /></a></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Whilst at <a href="www.earthware.co.uk" target="_blank">Earthware</a> we try and avoid interactive mapping gimmicks, if there is a day when a gimmick can be allowed it has to be Christmas Day.&#160; I am certainly going to go home and show this to my 3 and 4 year old children so they can get excited.</p> <p>Well done to everyone involved in creating this fun <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/what-we-do/bespoke-mapping-implementations/google-earth.aspx" target="_blank">Google Earth</a> implementation and if you are still able to see it then you can view Santa’s journey at <a href="http://www.noradsanta.org/en/track3d.html" target="_blank">Norad Santa - track Santa delivering Christmas presents in Google Earth</a>.</p>
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