Layers for Sky in Google Earth:

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Contributors: K. Simon Krughoff (UW), Ryan Scranton (Google), Jeremy Brewer (Pitt), Andrew Connolly (UW)



The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe has mapped the minute fluctuations in the temperature of the sky. These tiny ripples are remnants from the Big Bang that allow astronomers to probe the beginnings of the Universe.
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Take an extended tour of some of the spectacular destinations in the sky. This tour contains 116 famous, impressive, or otherwise generally interesting locations.
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Take a short tour of the best locations in the visible cosmos. Zoom around a whirlwind journey of the 22 most fascinating places in SKY.
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See the solar system as the dynamic entity it is. Turn on and off the moons of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and more.
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Watch as a star sheds layers at tremendous speeds.
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The Improved Reprocessing of the IRAS Survey (IRIS) is a full sky survey in the infra-red region of the electromagnetic spectrum. In this region the warm dust in our own galaxy dominates the sky. Try to imagine how astronomy would be different if we could only see in the infra-red.
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Ever wonder what you are looking at when you browse around the Sky? The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) provides high quality photometry for ~200,000,000 stars, galaxies and quasars. SDSS also provides spectroscopy for ~1,000,000 objects in the night sky. Use these layers to find out more information about the objects in view. Each object has associated apparent magnitudes and links to more information on the SkyServer web page.
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Now that the sky imagery has been incorporated with the Google Maps API, learn how to use it with this tutorial.
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Use the integrated layer creation tools to make a layer in Sky in Google Earth. Further, you can learn some useful KML skills.
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