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Google Sky Now Available Through Your Browser

Soulskill posted more than 6 years ago | from the ooooh-shiny dept.

Google 83

Ars Technica brings word that Google Sky, formerly only available as an extension of the Google Earth software, is now accessible through your web browser. The interface of Google Sky is quite similar to that of Google Maps, complete with search and alternate views by spectrum. The story also mentions (and more importantly, links) ten of the more interesting sights. We discussed Google Sky's initial release last year. Quoting: "Visible light only shows us a small picture of the entire universe; non-visible spectra such as ultraviolet (UV), infrared and X-ray hold a whole other world of information. Here is where Google Sky becomes very cool. There are three more sections that highlight fantastic images from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the GALEX Evolution Explorer (UV), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (IR). What makes these very cool is that under each selected body there is a slider that will change the displayed image back and forth between the visible and invisible spectrum."

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intergalactic law (1, Interesting)

bjmoneyxxx (1227784) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764880)

What would be the repercussions if, for example viewing certain systems in the x-ray wavelength was forbidden by some wild alien race? Would they go after the entire earth, the individual people who looked, or what? Ideas?

Re:intergalactic law (2, Funny)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764924)

What would be the repercussions if, for example viewing certain systems in the x-ray wavelength was forbidden by some wild alien race? Would they go after the entire earth, the individual people who looked, or what? Ideas?

The Intergalactic RIAA has the copyright of all the visible and invisible wavelengths outside the milky way.
Viewing that without any license is piracy.

Google Bows to Pentagon Galaxy request (1)

infonography (566403) | more than 6 years ago | (#22769810)

Neighboring galaxies in the local group will be removed from Google Sky Map.

Your Home Galaxy Security Agency at work.


Re:intergalactic law (1)

BootNinja (743040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22768902)

By analogy to google earth and restricted areas on earth, I would assume the intergalactic aliens would sue Google.

Re:intergalactic law (1)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22769016)

They would, no doubt, be aware that Earth knew nothing about intergalactic law. Either they'd recognise that Earth is not a part of intergalactic society, and would therefore be excluded from both benefits and punishments, they'd destroy us, or they'd include us in whatever society they have. I'm leaning towards the first, because it would explain why the other two haven't happened yet.

Re:intergalactic law (2, Funny)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 6 years ago | (#22769578)

Everyone knows that ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law. Just you wait, I guarantee the first signal SETI discovers will be a summons.

Re:intergalactic law (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#22770782)

Would they go after the entire earth, the individual people who looked, or what? Ideas?
This really hasn't been a problem since the Romulans signed the Khitomer Accord.

First.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22764890)

POST! Praise Allah & Kahless (making sweet love)

The Sky's the Limit (1)

NetSettler (460623) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764892)

Cool. By the way, will they be blacking out (or "modifying") parts of the sky that contain things we're not supposed to see?

And what about Google OrbitView for virtual flights in and out of the satellites (and debris) around the earth... or Google CanalView for Mars? This could be a big funding source for NASA...

Re:The Sky's the Limit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22766064)

Well keep track of the number of "black holes" you find, if theres too many, things will look suspicious...

I'm just hoping when you zoom in, you'll eventually get a "I'm sorry, we dont have imagery at this zoom level for this region thanks to Keith Mason and the rest of the bastards at the Science and Technology Facilities Council"

(link for those who have no idea what I'm talking about [bbc.co.uk])

Re:The Sky's the Limit (1)

shinglehouse (1196615) | more than 6 years ago | (#22767278)

I was playing around with Google Sky and while zooming in I found an oddity at: 19h29m44s -27d 35' 23.5" I'm sure its just image/data corruption but it seems odd...It starts to show up at about 1/3 of max zoom level.

Re:The Sky's the Limit (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 6 years ago | (#22769616)

Hmm, interesting. That's right where Dick Cheney's star system would be. That man sure likes his secrets.

Let's put a flag on the moon. (4, Funny)

DutchMasterKiller (1003736) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764938)

We probably won't be able to zoom in on Tranquility Base, where the Eagle hasn't landed *bleep*

Spitzer Space Telescope (IR)? (2, Funny)

xbytor (215790) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764942)

Come on, now! Somebody come up with a pithy post vis a vis Eliot, the telescope, and his lady friends. It's another 36+ hours until Jon Stewart is on the air.

Re:Spitzer Space Telescope (IR)? (3, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765124)

Sure, ok. Viewing data from the Spitzer space telescope is going to cost you $5500 an hour.

Re:Spitzer Space Telescope (IR)? (1)

Celestial Avatar (946512) | more than 6 years ago | (#22777094)

The actual cost is closer to $15,000 an hour, given the telescope cost over $700 million and is designed to operate for 5 years before it runs out of coolant. Elliot Spitzer's hobby is cheaper...

Google Maps Off the Map (2, Interesting)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22764986)

Anyone know why my Google Maps pages suddenly turned blank sometime last fall, when I apt-get upgraded a whole bunch of apps in Ubuntu (sometime after the release of 7.10)? I don't know which upgraded app caused it, because there was a week or two with a lot of upgrades on different days, after which maps.google.com stopped working, and I can't roll each back just to get back the Google maps - there's too many, and I'm too busy. I've searched the Web several times over the past 3-4 months, but no sign of anyone else having the problem.

I hit any maps.google.com page, any location or zoom, any of the different search/businesses/directions functions, and all I get is a page with the Search Results / Directions left column totally blank (under the two tabs). And the main map panel totally blank, light grey (the same color as this Slashdot submit form background), but with its upper right corner holding a small rectangle saying "Terrain" above a small "+" shape of blank white boxes where the NSEW/. scrolling controls were, and under that the zoom slider also just a blank white square above a blank white rectangle streching down to a blank white square, with a slider "knob" visible. But the slider doesn't slide, the clicking those controls doesn't do anything (though my cursor turns into a "clickable" hand icon over them). Over the main map my cursor stays an arrow, and clicking/dragging has no effect.

My Java/Javascript settings are all the same as before, allowing them. I've tried removing and installing Java and Flash, upgrading them, but no improvement. The pan/zoom controls actually went blank first, sometime in the late Summer (between 7.04 and 7.10), but it was no big deal, though I tried to search for others with the problem (and a solution) to no avail.

Any ideas? It all just looks like the sky on an heavy overcast day, so I guess I've had a limited "Google Sky" on my browser for almost half a year now, and I want to go back to the old Earth view instead :).

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (-1, Flamebait)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765028)

It's because you're using Ubuntu, which despite a lot of hype for being the best desktop distro available, actually isn't all that great, and doesn't really provide much that a lot of other distros don't provide, and is actually quite lacking in a few areas. Personally, I use Mandriva, and haven't seen anything to write home about on Ubuntu. It's a pretty good system, and it's nice that a lot of people are behind it, and bringing Linux to less savvy users, but it doesn't have much that any other distro doesn't have.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (3, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765116)

So what component in Ubuntu is at fault then, so he can roll it back?

Somehow I think you're better at giving a hand waving reply here than knowing what you're talking about in this case.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (-1, Flamebait)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765140)

I don't know, but this isn't the Ubuntu help forms. It's slashdot, and this happens to be a story about Google sky now being available in the browser. Why is he asking about why his installation isn't working under completely the wrong area. If you ask questions in the wrong forum, you're going to get smart-ass answers in reply.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (0, Offtopic)

lilmunkysguy (740848) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765292)

I don't know, but this isn't the Ubuntu help forms. It's slashdot, and this happens to be a story about Google sky now being available in the browser. Why is he asking about why his installation isn't working under completely the wrong area. If you ask questions in the wrong forum, you're going to get smart-ass answers in reply.
Not true. You get modded offtopic. Take the flames somewhere else.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

The End Of Days (1243248) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766386)

Not true, you get whatever people feel like posting. That's the nature of the site. You, sir, are welcome to take your inanities right here. Just don't expect them to be heeded.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765326)

If anything, it was a dumb-ass reply more than a smart-ass one. But then again, this is slashdot.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766286)

Except that I haven't seen anyone else with Ubuntu mention this problem, even though Ubuntu is the most popular desktop distro.

So despite your personal dislike of Ubuntu, there's no evidence that Ubuntu itself is to blame.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765160)

I know this is OT, and I'm posting as AC because of it, but do you use adblock+ or anything like that? Sometimes crucial javascript files get blocked and render sites useless. Worth checking out, anyway.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766416)

I don't have any extra ad blocking installed or enabled, other than the default Firefox popup block.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (4, Informative)

IamTheRealMike (537420) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765184)

Hey Doc. I work on Maps and sometimes debug weird customer-reported problems like this.

Here's The Real Mikes three step guide to diagnosing and fixing Google Maps problems:

  1. Create a new browser profile, using "firefox -ProfileManager". This effectively clears your cache, cookies, extensions and other settings that can interfere with maps. Does it work? If so, go back to your main profile and (in this order): clear your cache, delete your google.com cookies, revert any changed settings (especially network settings) in about:config, and finally start disabling extensions and then plugins (in particular, RealPlayer if you have it). If you have any web accelerator type mods to your Firefox, revert them too.
  2. If that doesn't work, the next step is to look at your home router. Disable any firewall it may have, in particular, watch out for the "max pending connections" or "synflood protection" settings. Make sure they're either off or set really high. You may need to reset your router after doing these things.
  3. Finally, try loading a satellite tile URL directly in your browser: http://kh0.google.com/kh?n=404&v=25&hl=en&t=trtqttrrttqts [google.com] - do you see a tile? If you get a connection timeout, but regular google.com works, see step 2 above. If you see an error page talking about viruses, make sure you're only using Google Maps/Earth to view imagery and not any other app.

To be honest, from your description it sounds like the first step will yield the most fruit - I include the other two for completeness (if people see Maps load just fine but you don't see the roadmap or satellite images themselves, those two steps can help). Probably your cache has corrupted somehow, either that or some of the files Maps needs aren't loading. If you can't figure it out and know how, I'd suggest watching what happens with the Live HTTP Headers extension.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765594)

Hey Mr. Hearn, I was just thinking of sending this post to you, seems that won't be necessary. :-)


Re:Google Maps Off the Map (4, Funny)

johannesg (664142) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765944)

You would think Google might have some sort of site where you could find these solutions. Some sort of searching system would be ideal.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766436)

Thanks for helping :).

I got the tile [google.com]. Before I blow away all my useful history/state with (firefox -ProfileManager), is there another, less intrusive way I can test that technique? Like creating a new user with no profile, or creating them and running (firefox -ProfileManager) to blow away their profile? Maybe I have created a root user profile and should blow that away?

As for my router, it doesn't have a problem with max connections, which is rather high. And I don't want to turn off synflood protection. If that is the problem, why would that have changed, though I haven't changed my router since well before the problem started (and progressed from the zoom/pan widgets to the whole app)?

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Ciaran_H (579351) | more than 6 years ago | (#22767520)

Using -ProfileManager won't blow away your data. The point of using -ProfileManager is to create a *new* profile which sits alongside your already-existing one, which will basically act as a clean installation. You can then switch back and forth with -ProfileManager as you choose, although you have to close all your browser windows before you can switch profile.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766600)

Sorry, but I've looked into this extensively from the user side, on multiple different systems and browser setups, and you're wrong. This is what happens in userland:

If your connection speed TO GOOGLE drops below about 20k (as can easily happen on slow dialup), Google maps WILL cease sending satellite-view tiles. It doesn't matter how many times you clear your cache, profiles, whatever (been there, done all that) ... it simply will not work after your connection speed drops below a certain point. It stops sending tiles, and instead you get the "I'm sorry, zoom not available at this level" messages -- even if it's zoomed out as far as it goes.

When I was on 26k dialup, I quickly learned to not touch ANYTHING else online until the entire map of interest had downloaded, because the slightest other drain on the connection WOULD stall the tile download. It's definitely something on Google's end -- it happens the same in a variety of browsers and on other people's machines entirely, if they're cursed with a slow connection.

Further evidence: forcibly reload the page, but take care not to use any bandwith for ANYTHING else (including moving the map around), and usually the entire tileset would download. Note that nothing changes here except the amount of overhead in the user's connection.

And furthermore -- With the EXACT SAME SETUP (I did not change ANYTHING else), ***once I got broadband*** the problem went away ENTIRELY.

There's no question at all -- connect speed is the issue here. If requests come too slowly, Google Maps simply stops sending satellite tiles, and sends the "I'm sorry, no zoom" tile instead. (And it doesn't happen with the ordinary map tiles, only the much larger sat-view tiles.)


BTW, in Mozilla, the "get rid of the damned lefthand panel" arrow is not visible, AND the javascript hack to manually kill it [namely, "javascript:gPanelResizer.togglePanel();"] stopped working a few months ago. This is VERY annoying. :(

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (2, Informative)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22769026)

Thanks, I figured it out, and fixed it :).

It was a config:

user set
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)

I deleted the value and (right-clicked to) reset it, restarted Firefox, and all was well :).

Deleting cache and cookies didn't change anything. I used (firefox -ProfileManager) to create a test profile, which worked OK with maps.google.com . So I progressively copied directories files from my failing profile to replace their counterpart in the working profile. I deduced that prefs.js was causing the failure. So I recreated a new working test profile, copied my failing prefs.js into it, progressively deleted preference lines from the failing prefs.js until I found that it was that pref. Then I retested to see that that pref was the only difference, and deleted it using the about:prefs page GUI in my failing profile. Presto!

Thanks for helping. I'm back on the map :).

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22779616)

and deleted it using the about:prefs page GUI in my failing profile

Actually, that's a mistake. It's in the about:configs page.

Re:Google Maps Off the Map (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765586)

By creating a new user (seperate from your existing one) you will rule out personal settings / extensions in your profile entirely as a cause of the problem. Probably best to file a bug report over on bugs.launchpad.net [launchpad.net] if you want to see whether you can get help fixing this. My personal suspcion is that your issue will linger through updates until the cause is found though.

what's that? Google Sky.Net ? Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765008)

Don't be evil? Or redefine evil? LOL!

Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (4, Insightful)

RobinH (124750) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765026)

Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if you could enter a lat/long, and it could give you a picture of the sky from that location at a given time, related to NSEW, etc.? Then you could actually see that the bright object in the SE sky in the morning really is Venus, etc.

The problem with it currently is that there's no frame of reference. On Google Earth, you generally look at everything from some frame of reference, like you start with your house or the Eiffel Tower or Hoover Dam and start looking around from there.

Re:Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (4, Informative)

glwtta (532858) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765288)

Then you could actually see that the bright object in the SE sky in the morning really is Venus, etc.

There's already plenty of software to do that: http://www.stellarium.org/ [stellarium.org]

Re:Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766050)

But to answer the OP's question - yes, it would be better if a web page could do it, rather than having to trust this or that companies software for this or that operating system.

Re:Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765350)

Check out this Planisphere service:

http://www.heywhatsthat.com/ap.html [heywhatsthat.com]

It does exactly what you describe: project the horizon on Google sky from your current location's perspective.

Re:Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22766312)

I highly suggest http://wikisky.org/ [wikisky.org] It's far more complete in many areas

Re:Wouldn't Google Sky be more useful if... (1)

QuantumPion (805098) | more than 6 years ago | (#22773022)

Check out http://www.skyviewcafe.com/ [skyviewcafe.com]. It is java based, and can show you interesting sky objects based on your time zone or zip code, with lots of options to mess around with. For example, it will tell you where the brightest stars and planets are in the sky with an easy to follow diagram.

A little buggy (4, Funny)

isorox (205688) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765104)

It seems a little buggy. Having found Mars, and found Venus, I decided to do what I do on google maps, just for a laugh. I guess I hoped for a "3 degrees up, 7 minutes right" or whatever, but instead I got some interesting results.

- 33 Results for venus to mars -
Head north on Blue Shore Dr toward Lakeside Dr
Blue Shore Dr turns left and becomes Lakeside Dr
Lakeside Dr turns right and becomes Shaded Trail
Turn right at Highway 109
Turn left at Highway 207 ....

Yalls a bunch of HONKEYS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765150)


creators' sky now available to the naked eye (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765180)

no gadgets required. plus, you might get to see what's REALLY going on up there. let yOUR conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071229/ap_on_sc/ye_climate_records;_ylt=A0WTcVgednZHP2gB9wms0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080108/ts_alt_afp/ushealthfrancemortality;_ylt=A9G_RngbRIVHsYAAfCas0NUE [yahoo.com]
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A [nytimes.com]

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying [google.com]

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html [cnn.com]

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

consult with/trust in yOUR creators. providing more than enough of everything for everyone (without any distracting/spiritdead personal gain motives), whilst badtolling unprecedented evile, using an unlimited supply of newclear power, since/until forever. see you there?

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html [cnn.com]

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html [cnn.com]

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece [timesonline.co.uk]
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece [timesonline.co.uk]

infrared (3, Interesting)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765342)

The wide angle infrared view [google.com] is especially striking. I'm assuming the black slashes indicate missing imagery and not alien activity.

Re:infrared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22766076)

I bet you'll find even MORE interesting things on the WALLS if you shine an infrared light inside of Spitzer's room...

Re:infrared (1)

boot_img (610085) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766112)

My guess is that that imagery is from IRAS [caltech.edu] which did not complete its sky survey due to failure of some components.

Re:infrared (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766774)

Yeah, I noticed that. Anybody want to tell me why there is a giant infrared sine wave strewn across the heavens?

Re:infrared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22772148)

Big sine is "milky way", but less obvious line more to the center of image is really a question I would like to receive answer to.

Also i would like to see image which is not mapped by earth orientation, but orientation to milky way - to straighten that sinus line out and see a real image. That could really give me more clue what is around our solar system.

Re:infrared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22766866)

I am by no means an astro-physicist, but the distortion appears to be periodic. My guess is that you'd have some kind of destructive interference. High amplitude + low amplitude = zero amplitude.

Hypercool! (1)

flajann (658201) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765520)

Once again Google Creates something that is Hypercool. Well, it will be once they work out the bugs in the display.

Take the sky? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765538)

So like... does this mean that Google CAN take the sky from me?

And is this like giving it back?

I'm confused now...

My God! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765540)

It's full of stars!

Pluto still listed with Solar System (1)

Aristos Mazer (181252) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765604)

Google Sky seems to weigh in on whether Pluto still counts as a planet. If you search for "Planets", you're directed to the planets layer, which I couldn't find (and isn't found if you search Google Maps help either). But click on "The Solar System" and there's Pluto, still included, no matter how many other small round bodies may be lurking about the solar system. Way to stand up for the little guy, Google!

Re:Pluto still listed with Solar System (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765878)

Under IAU definitions there are 11 planets. Google is missing Ceres and Eris.

Re:Pluto still listed with Solar System (1)

Kligat (1244968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22766670)

A dwarf planet is not a planet. Yeah, try wrapping your head around that one. They used some scientific formula that takes its mass compared to the mass of all the objects around it and how far away those objects are, and all the other planets have results thousands of times bigger than the dwarf planets'. For instance, about everything in the vicinity of Jupiter has either crashed into it, become a satellite, or was ejected far away from it. As for Google Earth, I hear it's worse than the programs already out there. Want to see the sky from your location? Use Google Earth. Want to view the sky from locations other than Earth? Use Celestia. Want to explore the geography of other planets? Use NASA World Wind. Want precise measurements in arcseconds of how objects would appear to surface-dwellers of other planets? NASA has a tool [nasa.gov] for that, too. On Mercury, the Sun appears 32 times bigger than the Moon or Sun look from Earth. It has the planets and all their biggest moons, plus Pluto, but Ceres and Eris aren't included yet.

The competition is slicker... (1)

Trull (95206) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765622)

Have a look at www.sky-map.org - its really nice, and has a convenient overlaid sidebar where you can browse interesting phenomena like the Bubble Nebula without knowing its Calder Number.

Uranus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22765704)

Interesting. It's able to locate Uranus but upon zooming in it returns "No imagery available at this zoom level." I wonder how far one can zoom in on Uranus.

Speaking of Uranus, the anniversary of its discovery was this past week.

Distortion (1)

IkeTo (27776) | more than 6 years ago | (#22765848)

Unluckily, that interface works only because nobody lives in the polar region (well... yes, nearly nobody). For the sky, polar area is a frequently watched part of it, which is hopelessly distorted. Perhaps they should make an alternative view for those?

Insignificant? Nope. (1)

thatblackguy (1132805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22767720)

People are always talking about how the vastness of the universe makes them feel insignificant or small, but looking at a piece of it here, with scales so vast that it has galaxies the size of the inch and countless dots of light, it just seems like so much to explore. So much more to see than what's on our little corner of the place, it's inspiring. Those who feel depressed by it don't know what they're talking about. Perhaps I've seen too much star trek ;)

Somebody finally got a clue! (1)

Servo (9177) | more than 6 years ago | (#22768496)

I guess Google finally got the hint after seeing such a large number of image searches for "Your anus".

Google Sky ALPHA (lots of bugs to work out yet) (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 6 years ago | (#22770360)

I would definely say that the web version of Google Sky is still in its alpha stage. It seems like they are still a long way from ready.

On the other hand, I wish my physics professor was alive to see this. (If only he would have lived another year to see it.)

Being that he majored in cosmology, he would especially like the microwave and the infrared modes. The last lecture for the local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) group was about red shifts and blue shifts as well as the age of the Universe. I was quite proud to be apart of the audience at that lecture of which these questions have been quite popular lately in the field of cosmology and astronomy.

Its a shame NASA doesn't have the funds to scan all TEN planets. (Forget you guys at IAU! If Eris [wikipedia.org] gets to be a planet, so should Pluto!)

Very pretty .... (1)

mlush (620447) | more than 6 years ago | (#22771438)

But what am I looking at?? Why a fun but useless historical overlay and no constellation overlay allowing one to actually navigate round the interface. Nice start but very very beta.

Historical map mirrored? (1)

worldcitizen (130185) | more than 6 years ago | (#22772406)

Am I the only one seeing the text in the historical map mirrored left-to right?
Maybe this was on purpose? (it was necessary to reverse it so that the superimposed maps would match and it was considered more important to preserve the original image than to make it more useful by being able to read it normally)?
Got it! the real reason is that the brain of the original developer has a codec that automatically filters the map and mirrors it in a readable way, it must be the ffdshow in my brain that needs an update to the latest version!
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