Google has just transformed your computer into a virtual telescope-cum-planetarium. Google has just introduced a new feature called ‘Sky’ in its Google Earth satellite imagery-based mapping software.
The newly introduced Sky feature allows users to view the sky from their computers. This tool provides information about various celestial bodies like stars and planets.
Besides, this new feature also provides users with an informative experience as imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope are available for close-up viewing. It also allows users to take virtual tours through the galaxies including the Milky Way from just about any point they may chose on Earth.
Lior Ron, a Google product manager said in a statement, “By working with some of the industry’s leading experts, we’ve been able to transform Google Earth into a virtual telescope.”
It sure is true as now the heavens are just a few mouse clicks away with Google’s latest free tool called Sky.
Besides, the new feature on Google Earth also promises users the ability to see planets in motion and even to witness a supernova. Besides, you will be able to switch between Earth and Sky, according to what you wish to view.
So what sets Google Earth apart from other software that offer literally the universe to users?
Andrew Connolly, a University of Washington associate professor of astronomy and part of Google’s visiting faculty program said, “What’s unique about this is that you have all of the imaging data over the whole of the sky actually streaming. So I can look at something that covers most of the sky, say our Milky Way galaxy, and I can zoom right into a tiny galaxy that’s in the formation cycle.”
Connolly also added that Google’s engineers had to put together literally ‘terabytes and terabytes’ of images and other data to offer such a seamless experience.
Dr. Carol Christian of the Space Telescope Science Institute further reinforced Google’s new offering saying, “Sky in Google Earth will foster and initiate new understanding of the universe by bringing it to everyone’s home computer.”
The new Google Earth software works on computers that run Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.
Current users of Google Earth will have to download the new version that includes the new Sky feature from earth.google.com.