Here’s what you get when Google engineers put their heads together with astronomers from large observatories: With Google Sky, “you can search for planets, listen to Earth & Sky podcasts, watch some beautiful Hubble telescope images, or explore historical maps of the sky from the comfort of your browser.” The product was rolled out just last week, and you can get more info on the new release from Google’s official blog.
The new Sky product sits comfortably alongside Google Moon and Google Mars, which have been around since 2005-2006. Created in conjunction with scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center, Google Moon offers a collection of lunar maps and charts and delves into the Apollo missions. The Mars product, meanwhile, offers some of the most detailed existing maps of the red planet.
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