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Google unveils new features for Sky in Google Earth

Google LatLong blog posted about new set of features and content for Sky in Google Earth. This update is particularly exciting, from views of the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum to exploring how the sky changes over time, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s interest in the stars.

Using NASA’s space telescopes, you can view how the universe looks at many different wavelengths — from X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared light all the way through to radio waves. You can also play with the transparency of the different overlays for the Sombrero galaxy to see how different parts of the galaxy light up in different wavelengths.

New Features:

  • Earth & Sky Podcasts: Podcasts about stars, galaxies, planets and events coming up in the sky from the NPR program Earth and Sky.
  • Current Sky Events: Contains timely updates on recent cosmological events from VOEventNet.
  • Featured observatories: images from NASA observatory satellites including x-ray images from NASA’s Chandra satellite; infrared images by the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS); ultraviolet images by the GALEX Satellite; and a microwave map of the sky by the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP).
  • Historical Sky Maps: a favorite in Google Earth, David Rumsey’s historical maps of the sky date back to 1792 and illustrate how conceptions of the sky have changed over time. Also available is a beautiful Constellations Art layer based on engravings by astronomer Johannes Hevelius from 1690.
  • Grand tour of the sky: the best of Sky imagery in a tour that takes the user through 100 of our favorite spots in the sky
  • Sky Community: The best content published by the Sky community on the Sky discussion forums.
  • Also, check this new community layer that highlights contributions that Sky users have posted on the Google Earth Community site (http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/postlist.php/Cat/0/Board/sky).
  • Finally, announced the availability of Sky, Moon and Mars imagery in the Google Maps API. This allows any developer to build interesting applications and websites using Sky imagery, and extend the Sky experience to any place on the web. Some early examples of these applications include the Cosmic Visibility page and even an iPod touch hack.[Google LatLong blog]

Google, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Sky, New Features, API

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