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360Cities – fly inside the glass dome in Google Earth

Posted by rosiemacalpine on January 8, 2009

360Cities is a website (and now also a Google layer) which features VR panoramas from all over the world. For the uninitiated, VR panoramas are images that surround the viewer, as if you were inside the image and able to look around, up and down. The viewer feels as if they are within the environment and not  just looking at a static image. It’s an excellent way to get a sense of place when exploring different countries and cultures with your students.

EDIT: I would strongly recommend exploring panoramas using Google Earth, rather than the website which has a confusing and incomplete search function.

If you haven’t updated your Google Earth for a while, you’ll need to do this first. Go to the Help menu and choose “Look for updates online”. If you’ve got the latest version, you’ll be able to see 360Cities. In the example below, I’m looking at a panorama of the Kings Park walkway, which is in my beautiful home city of Perth, Western Australia.

Go to Places> Gallery> 360Cities. Then zoom into the map. At a certain zoom level, you will start to see red dots labelled 360.

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Zoom in further to see all the panoramas in the area. Hover your mouse/ pen over the panorama to see a description.

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Then double click on the red ball to fly into the panorama.You will zoom in, and then pause briefly before a 3D glass bauble of the panorama.

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Then you will arrive inside the panorama. Use your mouse or pen to move around the environment. Don’t forget to look up and down, as well as to the side!

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