Thursday, June 05, 2008

View the Milky Way on Google Maps

Spitzer Google Map

Two days ago, at the 212th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a new portrait of stars in our inner Milky Way galaxy made from over 800,000 snapshots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was released.

When I first saw the images on the internet I thought 'someone should make a Google Map of that portrait'. Well Caltech have - so now you can navigate and zoom into the image using Google Maps' familiar navigation tools.

If anything the Spitzer imagery is more astounding than the Hubble imagery used in Google Sky. At the moment the map is a little light on informative markers, but the makers say they will be adding more soon.

More Astronomy Maps:
Via: Google Earth Blog and Orbiting Frog

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