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Friday, July 22, 2005

Google the Universe

Seen on Making Light

Google appears to plan to provide a detailed Map of the Universe presumably to complement their wildly successful Google Moon - (zoom all the way in!)

Cute.

Now, if they were serious, they could chip in some hard cash - buy open access to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey or pay for it to do the whole sky? Or become partners in The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
- the whole sky, live to google. That's the way to do it. Forward thinking they used to call it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mahadevan Subramanian said...

Google does seem to be a partner in LSST already - see http://www.lsst.org/About/partners.shtml

7:40 AM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Damn, so they are.
Curses, I was hoping they'd be persuaded to pay for Sloan to go on to the whole sky.

Makes sense. Frighteningly so, my respect for Google is increased, and it was high before. Though the real kudos go to whichever academic thought to reel them in, I'm figuring someone at SLAC.

10:52 AM  

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