Google Universe?

And you thought that Google Earth was a great way to waste your time? My Ninja, Please! Google is reportedly working with a network of 19 national research institutions to develop software that will bring up-to-date images of the galaxy to a desktop near you- hopefully in an interface something like what we’ve seen with Google Earth.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, for starters, thats about 30 terabytes of info streaming from the new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile, which will be imaging the heavens about twice a week. A little bit about the LSST:

One thousand times as powerful as previous telescopes, the LSST will survey the entire sky every three nights using a wide-angle mirror and a three-billion-pixel digital camera.As the telescope rotates on its base, the camera’s 15-second exposures take in an area 50 times as large as the full moon. Software will compile three-dimensional imagery to produce time-lapse digital "movies" of the universe [CNN].

Unfortunately, it’s going to take some time, and we’ll hopefully have it within the decade. That being said, Google has recently added ‘Sky’ to Google Earth, allowing you a glimpse of a number of constellations and celestial bodies - which will have to be enough for now. And if you’re looking for something in our own neighborhood to hold you over, don’t sleep on Google Mars.

Impatient? Then get your learn on! If you study up now, you want be fumbling around when Google Universe comes out, and you’ll know exactly where you want to go first. Where were those green chicks from in Star Trek again?

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Posted: September 12th, 2007
at 12:00am by orangemenace

Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,computers,web,science

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