Google Earth brings you the Virtual space telescope

Fans of Google Earth are in store for a treat today as they will now be able to look away from earth and into the stars thanks to a new Google Earth component called Sky.

Using the new component, users can on the moon, planets, stars, constellations and galaxies by reversing the image away from our own planet. Users can also advance in time to see where planets will be located on a given date or when a meteor shower will occur.

“(We’ve taken) terabytes of data and made it easily accessible to anyone,” said Andrew Connolly, an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington and a visiting faculty member. “We are hoping astronomers around the world will share it (information) with everybody.”

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