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Google Sky joins Google Earth

added by Michael on 13 Mar 2008

You really do have to take a look at Google Sky.

From Information Week:

Google (NSDQ: GOOG) on Thursday said that Google Sky, previously a star-viewing option in the Google Earth desktop application, can now be viewed on its own in a Web browser.

"Sky in Google Earth, which launched last August, was originally available to our 350 million Google Earth users," said Google product manager Lior Ron in a blog post. "This release brings the universe to every browser and makes Sky accessible to just about anyone with an Internet connection -- from school children to professional astronomers -- in 26 different languages."

Google Sky's escape from Google Earth was engineered by Diego Gavinowich, a programmer from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who was a finalist in Google's Latin America Code Jam. He joined Google for a three-month internship and was given the task of coding a Web version of Google Sky during his stay.

According to Ron, Gavinowich completed the assignment with the help of some other Google engineers on their 20% time -- Google allows employees to spend 20% of their time working on projects outside of the scope of their job descriptions.