Google has just released its ‘Google Sky’, which allows you to ‘pan the heavens’ as you would a map of the Earth. It’s built on the same Google Maps technology and can be found at sky.google.com. Prior to the web version of Sky, Google created Google Mars, Google Moon and finally integrated Google Sky into the desktop app Google Earth. The web version provides the following feature-set:
- Search the ‘tens of thousands’ of indexed named objects
- Infrared, microwave, ultraviolet or x-ray views
- Best images gallery from Hubble and other telescopes
- Planetary positions and constellations
- ‘Earth & Sky’ podcast gallery
- No download needed
It’s a pretty cool site, though still needs some work, in my opinion. And, of course, you can’t just zoom in ‘infinitely’ like you can on Maps or Earth. Nonetheless, if you’re interested in this kind of stuff, you’ll find it pretty interesting.