Imagine cruising the heaven out of your desktop computer and seeing all of the stunning image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
Exploding stars and far away galaxies are only a mouseclick away thru “Sky” in Google Earth. This brand new, free, downloadable browser is created by Google, the company that host the popular Internet search engine, via a partnership with all the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the science operation center for Hubble.
With Sky in Google Earth, you could travel across the vastness of the night sky, making tour stops at all the popular Hubble images. Though these celestial objects are faraway from Earth, you could reach them in a couple seconds with Sky in Google Earth.
You’ve seen the Hubble pictures of objects including the Eagle Nebula, the so called “pillar of creation,” said Carol Christian, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and one among the developer of the Sky in Google Earth project.
With “Sky” in Google Earth you could see the location where the object is in space, this includes the constellation in that they reside. Then you could discover other cool objects in nearby areas of the sky.
You’ll first obtain a yard view of the sky demonstrating the constellation surrounding selected object. The image is set inside a background of real galaxies and stars taken by two strong visible light survey of the heavens, the Digitized Sky Questionnaire and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
The Digitized Sky Questionnaire comprises photographic survey of almost the whole sky and contains about a million objects. The Sloan questionnaire comprises pictures of 100s of tens of thousands of fainter objects fainter covers much more than a quarter of the sky.
Sky in Google Earth also would provide link for the Hubble news database along with other Hubble info, this includes the Hubble Heritage project. About 125 Hubble images, spanning the life of the telescope, are included within the Sky in Google Earth program.
Through the telescope life time these image were being prepared for all the public in working together amongst the Institutes science visualization expert in its Workplace of Public Outreach, and the worldwide community of astronomers which use Hubble.
The images has become iconic all over the whole world gracing the cover not just of science journal, however record album, pop culture magazines, and making cameo appearance in Hollywood science fiction films.
Christian and her co-developer, Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer Alberto Conti, plan to add the general public image from 2007, in addition to colour pictures of all the archived data from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Survey.
Newly released Hubble photos would be added for the Sky in Google Earth program as soon as they’re issued, Conti said. To add a lot more interest and venture, Conti and Christian hope to assist other observatories, including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory along with other NASA mission, add their own images to Sky in Google Earth.