Google recently launched GoogleSky for browser viewing which was only available within Google Earth software. Google sky turns our browsers into a virtual telescope that can zoom and pan across the entire cosmos. This will bring star gazing right into our browsers. Listed below are the features of Google Sky:
- Powerful search that lets you browse tens of thousands of named objects.
- Three optical sky surveys that show you what your naked eye would see if it had a really good zoom lens. Try switching to infrared, microwave, ultraviolet, or x-ray to see the sky in a completely different light. Or blend between these views to create unique visualizations on the fly.
- Galleries highlighting the best images from Hubble and many other telescopes.
- Current planet positions and constellations.
- Overlays of custom KML(a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard.) content. (Simply paste a Sky KML URL into the search box, just like on Google Maps.)
- Last but not least, the Earth & Sky podcasts gallery is not to be missed, particularly for those who run a classroom.
All of this is accessible from any web browser, on any operating system, with no extra download required. And since staring up at the cosmos is an experience shared across the globe, we decided to make Google Sky truly worldwide, with 26 localized language editions.
You can easily navigate Google Sky like you do in Google Maps. This will make a valuable resource for science teachers in showing materials for their science class. The easy search of astronomy terms makes it even more useful and more interesting for students and grown-ups alike. You might also want to check out Google Moon and Google Mars for a closer look at the mentioned celestial bodies.
Source: [Google Lat Long Blog]