Sunday, March 16, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Google Sky Now Available Through Your Browser

Several months ago, Google included a view of the sky, as well as the Earth in their free Google Earth software. (Download) Now word comes from Slashdot that they also offer a web based version of the Google Sky information.

This is an amazing collection of astronomical information, all provided in the familiar and easy-to-use interface used for Google Earth and Google Maps.

Google Sky Now Available Through Your Browser Ars Technica brings word that Google Sky, formerly only available as an extension of the Google Earth software, is now accessible through your web browser. The interface of Google Sky is quite similar to that of Google Maps, complete with search and alternate views by spectrum. The story also mentions (and more importantly, links) ten of the more interesting sights. We discussed Google Sky's initial release last year. Quoting: "Visible light only shows us a small picture of the entire universe; non-visible spectra such as ultraviolet (UV), infrared and X-ray hold a whole other world of information. Here is where Google Sky becomes very cool. There are three more sections that highlight fantastic images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the GALEX Evolution Explorer (UV), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (IR). What makes these very cool is that under each selected body there is a slider that will change the displayed image back and forth between the visible and invisible spectrum."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.




(Via Slashdot.)

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