Sometimes you can find a Firefly in the strangest places…

7:27 pm Avation and Space, Firefly, Google Maps, Links, TV & Movies, Wisconsin

Several weeks ago I was poking around Wil Wheaton’s blog and found a link to who had taken an image of the Enterprise, NCC-1701 D from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and overlaid it onto real world images using Google Maps. Well, I just got my blueprints for my favorite ship, Serenity, so I thought I would give it a try with some Earth that was locations. I’m using some of the locals from RFJason for comparison, as well as some of my own places, starting with a few from Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Capital in Madison. I know the building quite well and was really surprised on how closely Serenity matches up to it on width and length. The Capital is about twice as high.

Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, home to the University of Wisconsin Badgers Football team. Something tells me the crew of Serenity are not Badger fans…

Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. For those days when juggling geese just does not cut it.

Jackson Square in New Orleans. Something tells me the crew could get into a lot of trouble down on Bourbon Street.


Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff, Wales. Their are absolutely no secret organizations or hands of blue located under the plaza.

Torrance High School in Torrance, CA, or some of you Joss fans may recognize it as Sunnydale High where Buffy and friends (and and the not so friendly) went to high school.

The Luxor in Las Vegas, NV. The hotel pyramid side length is 600 feet compared to a side length of 755 feet at the Great Pyramid in Giza. The hotel Sphinx is very close in length to the original.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex full scale Space Shuttle, booster and fuel tank mock ups. The external tanks could come in very handy if needing to break atmo in a hurry.

USS Intrepid Museum in New York City. The Intrepid was launched in 1943 and saw service until 1974. She’s not as big as the modern supercarriers, 200 feet shorter than the Nimitz class. But still very impressive when on her deck. You can also see the destroyer USS Edson and submarine USS Growler docked at the pier and on her deck many aircraft including an A-12 Blackbird (a Blackbird made a brief appearance in “Trash”), F-14 Tomcat (of Top Gun fame) and AV-8C Harrier which has VTOL (Vertical Take Of and Landing) capability’s just like Serenity.

Statue of Liberty

The Pentagon in Washington DC over the Ground Zero Cafe

The White House

Measurements should all be within a pixel or two of being accurate. The measurements of Serenity come from the QMX Serenity blueprints. Satellite images come from Google Maps. The wire frame model of Serenity is something I had saved long ago, found on a Firefly fan site.

If you want to see how it looks over your own locations, goto Google maps, zoom to the 100 foot level, take a screen shoot and import it into Photoshop or other graphics app. Then download the psd (for Photoshop) or the png (should work for other graphics programs) version of the overlay, unzip, insert the overlay into your image and your done!

(Sorry about some of the images overlapping onto the boarder, I changed the theme to a more narrow one, so a few poke over)

2 Responses
  1. Carol :

    Date: June 14, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    That’s TOO cool!

  2. Cait :

    Date: June 11, 2009 @ 4:37 am

    Thanks, I’ve been trying to find out the name of that silver square in Cardiff regularly featured in Torchwood in the aerial shots, Roald Dahl Plass.