Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 16:37 Post subject: The night sky on Google Earth
As suspected since a couple of years, the next big step in Google Earth is to include Space imagery. This seems however just a first test for what is still to come. I am sure in a few years from now Google Earth or its successor will show the latest almost real-time images from the DCT or even LSST (no, not PanSTARRS... ).
BTW, Google claims that one of the partners is the SDSS, so I suspect we can see SDSS imagery. Check it out.
After Mario Juric's talk at VSA2007 Korado and Mario stressed the fact that astronomy is becoming more and more "data mining", not flying all around the world to a lonely telescope on some lonely peak. Maybe not just that, but it could be that soon some basic science can be done in Google Earth... before you really get into complex data mining software from "virtual observatories".
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