See the night sky
Posted September 28, 2009 7:01 a.m. EDT
Did you know 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy? I didn't until about 20 minutes ago. I'm nine months behind!
I'm going to catch up with Gigagalaxy, a neat way to explore the night sky. From the site:
Through three giant images, the GigaGalaxy Zoom project reveals the full sky as it appears with the unaided eye from one of the darkest deserts on Earth, then zooms in on a rich region of the Milky Way using a hobby telescope, and finally uses the power of a professional telescope to reveal the details of an iconic nebula.
In the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project aimed at connecting the sky as seen by the unaided eye with that seen by hobby and professional astronomers. The project reveals three amazing, ultra-high-resolution images of the night sky that online stargazers can zoom in on and explore in an incredible level of detail.