Google Maps Apps for Asteroids, Stadium Tours, 2014 Olympics
What would happen if an asteroid like the one that just passed Earth actually hit our planet? There's a Google Map-inspired map that lets you find out.Innovative Google Maps apps are always being developed by creative designers for a wide range of uses, including real-time events that are in the news, such as the 2012 DA14 asteroid that just passed within 17,200 miles of the Earth Feb. 15. But what if 2012 DA14 had hit the Earth? What kind of damage would have occurred? Now people can get a virtual image of the possible destruction by visiting the "What if an asteroid or comet hits my town?" impact calculator tool that was built using the Google Maps API by the folks at Killerasteroids.org. Users can select from a list of famous cities or they can choose to customize their search with the name of any city or town on Earth, then click the "Go!" button to watch an imposing simulation of the damage that would ensue from a meteor or comet that might strike. A famous location where a meteor struck the Earth is in Arizona, where Meteor Crater is a 570-foot-deep, 4,000-foot-wide testament to the destructive power of a meteor that struck millions of years ago. Meteor Crater can be seen and explored on Google Maps Street View.
But that's not all you can explore this weekend with cool Google Maps apps. There's plenty more where that came from.