You may not be able to visit Antarctica, but with Google Maps you can at least experience it. And while many assume it’s a barren winter wonderland, Google is giving viewers the opportunity to experience panoramic images from their computers.
According to the Google blog, the images were achieved with a fish-eyed lens capturing 360-imagery of important Antarctic landmarks. Instead of using their usual “Street View” technology, the fish-eyed lens allows panoramic views of famous landmarks including the ceremonial South Pole, Half Moon Island, Scott’s Hut on Cape Evans on Ross Island, and penguin colonies on Snow Hill Island. Alongside the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, viewers can experience one of many continental destinations in Google’s World Wonders Project.
What’s more is Google is excited to share the panoramic experience with the world. In Antartica blog post, Google explains that “The goal of these efforts is to provide scientists and travel (or penguin) enthusiasts all over the world with the most accurate, high-resolution data of these important historic locations […] Feel free to leave your boots and mittens behind, and embark on a trip to Antarctica.”
Watch Google’s official Antarctica video here