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Title: Crowdfunding Astronomy with Google Sky
Author: Travis S. Metcalfe (White Dwarf Research Corporation)

For nearly four years, NASA's Kepler space telescope searched for planets like the Earth around more than 150,000 stars similar to the Sun. In 2008 with in-kind support from several technology companies, our non-profit organization established the Pale Blue Dot Project, an adopt-a-star program that supports scientific research on the stars observed by the Kepler mission. I describe how this innovative crowdfunding program has engaged the public over the past seven years to help support an international team in an era of economic austerity.

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At today's Searchology event we were pleased to launch Google Sky Map for Android. Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a dynamic window on the night sky.
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Enrich your Google Earth viewing experience with KML files created by HubbleSite. Download and install them to add features to your view of the sky.

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Here's how to set up Google Sky on your PC.

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 Google Sky includes a number of different ways to explore the universe. The initial view shows the visible universe and is a mosaic of images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Digitized Sky Survey and the Hubble Space Telescope.

http://www.google.com/sky/


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Explore the sky with Google Earth
Whether youre an astronomer or stargazer, Sky in Google Earth brings millions of stars and galaxies to your fingertips.

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The newest edition of Google Earth, released last summer, contains a wonderful-looking plug-in that allows users to look at planets, stars and galaxies in the same way they explore their neighbourhoods on the ground.
Google Sky, as it is now known, is a partnership between Google and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) in Baltimore, which is the organisation responsible for the gorgeous astronomical imaging from the Hubble space telescope.


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