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Google Earth now includes the Universe

Google Earth has been updated to include the universe - 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies have been added to a "Sky" module.

I've been playing around with Sky this morning and am stunned with the level of detail you can zoom into - it just keeps going!

Here's my favorite find so far: the Eskimo Nebula (otherwise known as NGC 2392 or Clownface Nebula) - deep in the Gemini Constellation (Lat 20.9115° Long -67.7056°) and around 3,000 light years away. The image is taken from Hubble.

Here's a BBC News interview with a member of the project team discussing the new Sky feature including some zooming footage.

To start navigating the universe for yourself, download the latest Google Earth and click on the the Sky button on the toolbar at the top of the screen. 

Thank you Google and NASA!


Gandalfe said:

Gawd this is beautiful. There is so much to do and so little time. Thanks for sharing!

# August 24, 2007 11:28 AM