Google Earth has become a staple of its Maps product, with developments and updates coming out on a regular basis. The project has grown to include Google Mars, Google Sky, and Google Moon, and just as Google Earth went from a downloadable application to a web-accessible visual tool, so too will Google Sky, which used to be solely a portion of the Google Earth application. And Google won’t let a little lawsuit stop it from developing its Google Sky efforts.
There’s now a web-based version of Google Sky, which doesn’t require a download and can be accessed directly through your browser window. There are a few new exploration features that come with the web-based version of Google Sky, including a search tool for browsing named objects in the sky, multiple optical sky surveys for switching views, and galleries that display images from Hubble and other telescopes.
One benefit of having a dynamic web-based version is that you won’t have to rely on downloadable updates in order to get the latest information. Google Sky web version now lets you find current planet positions. Google Sky’s new web version is available on all web browsers, and is being launched globally, in 26 localized languages.