If you are a Google Earth user and you haven’t updated lately, you might want to soon. Google released it’s latest upgrade, Google Earth 4.2 [get it here] with a significant feature, a Sky view. Here is a video I found on YouTube that features Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut, being introduced to the new sky feature. You can learn more about Google Earth’s newest updates at the Google Earth Blog.
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This is just another of Google’s great updates to an already awesome application. I can only imagine this becoming a rich part of any astronomy curriculum and the millions of astronomy enthusiasts world wide.
I haven’t quite thought of how I might use it, but I wanted to pass it along to you all anyways. We have a strong Challenger Learning Center in our department that is run by some truly amazing guys. I’m sure they will get a kick out of the new feature an put it to good use during their space simulations with students. Oh, if you want an educational and entertaining podcast about “Earth, Mars and Everything in Between”, check out the Challenger SpaceCast.