November 28, 2008

Map shows Fermilab moved — or did it?

Scientists at the Fermilab in northern Illinois are stumped as to why Google Maps has placed them 15 miles from their actual location west of Chicago.

The Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Lab has always been in Batavia, Ill., so it came a surprise when the popular Internet mapping sight located the facility out on Route 47.

The Department of Energy doesn't own land out there, lab spokesman Kurt Riesselmann told the Kane County (Ill.) Chronicle. I don't know what it is, whether it is farmland or something like that.

The Chronicle said Friday that the anomaly was discovered by a fellow from the Kane County Audubon Society who uses Google Maps on a Web page he maintains for local birders.