Stargazing The Google Way

This past week I have been playing around with Google’s latest toy called Sky which is now a part of Google Earth. In order to enjoy his new feature you need to download the latest version of Google Earth which contains the new Sky option. Fortunately for the novice, Google includes a video that describes how Sky works. But if you have used Google Earth before you shouldn’t have much of a problem navigating around the universe.

Included in the Sky package are stars, galaxies and planets to keep you busy while exploring outer space. What I personally enjoyed were viewing the stars. If you live close to a city where the night lights block out much of the sky, Google’s new Sky is a great way to explorer the heavens from the comfort of your home without the need for a telescope.

Google describes Sky as:

You can now explore the universe from the comfort of your chair. Zoom in to distant galaxies hundreds of millions of light years away, explore the constellations, see the planets in motion, witness a supernova explosion; it’s like having a giant, virtual telescope at your command — your own personal planetarium!

Give Google Sky a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


Comments welcome.

Google Sky Video here.

Google Sky download here.

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  • Tim Hodkinson

    Works fine in Ubuntu too. Once you figure out how to “run” a “shell script” :)

    What I really like is all the photos you can click on. It’s just like viewing people’s snapshots in Google Earth.

    This is really the ultimate atlas. I wonder if they could add video by indexing YouTube submissions by geographic location?

  • Ron Schenone

    Hi Tim,
    Glad you are enjoying it as well.