Wednesday, September 05, 2007

More Google stuff

Just in case you'd missed the latest Google developments in their cunning plan to get you to waste your whole life just looking, looking, looking... Google Earth now includes an amazing new dataset from Nasa. Everything. The Universe. And Beyond...

With about a hundred million stars and two hundred million galaxies, Sky in Google Earth lets you explore the heavens like never before. You'll need to download/update to Google Earth V4.2, then click the new logo in the toolbar, but then you're away - zoom in to the galaxies, type in a starname to shoot straight there and much more. Reeeeelly interesting if you like stars and stuff (which I do, especially since I just finished indexing two great books - the next edition of the Atlas of the Universe and The Stargazer's Handbook). Check out the YouTube intro above for more...

And if you're a fan of Google Maps, add the Googlemapsmania blog to your favourites: every clever thing you ever wanted from Google maps, and a whole heap you're never thought of. Just say goodbye to productivity at work... A bit US-biased of course, but there is a country search in the right hand column, and inspiration might just strike.

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