Where No Search Engine Has Gone Before

by Kurt Cagle

It was perhaps inevitable - having turned the geospatial Earth into an animated, zoomable extravaganza, Google has turned its gaze skyward. With Google Sky, the tens of thousands of Hubble based images (as well as those of more prosaic Earth-bound telescopes) have been knitted into a seamless fabric that lets you explore the universe in myriads of ways - from zooming in on the Pinwheel nebula to charting the luminescent clouds of the Eagle hatchery.