[FPSPACE] Google Earth now looks at the Sky
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Wed Aug 22 09:58:43 EDT 2007
In Google Earth, a Service for Scanning the Heavens
By MIGUEL HELFT
Published: August 22, 2007
After turning millions of Internet users into virtual explorers of the world
with Google Earth, the Internet search giant is now hoping to turn many of
them into virtual stargazers.
Google is unveiling within Google Earth today a new service called Sky that
will allow users to view the skies as seen from Earth. Like Google Earth,
Sky will let users fly around and zoom in, exposing increasingly detailed
imagery of some 100 million stars and 200 million galaxies.
You will be able to browse into the sky like never before, said Carol
Christian, an astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute, a
nonprofit academic consortium that supports the Hubble Space Telescope.
While other programs allow users to explore the skies, they typically
combine a mix of representations of stars and galaxies that are overlaid
with photographs, Ms. Christian said. These are really the images of the
sky. Everything is real.
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