Over the weekend Google has announced that their Google Sky
Map which was launched for Android smartphones back in 2009 and was
created by a number of Googlers from the Pittsburgh office during their
20% development time. Will now be moving into the community of open
source in a partnership with Carnegie Mellon University who will further
development Sky Map in a series of student projects.
Google’s Sky Map’s development will now be driven by the Carnegie
Mellon University students, with Google engineers remaining closely
involved as advisors. In addition Google has also open-sourced the app
so that other astronomy enthusiasts can take the code and augment it as
The Google Sky Map application is great for anyone wishing to learn more about the night sky. Simply install the application from the Android Market and point your phone at the sky.
Google Sky Map
will show the stars, planets, constellations, and more to help you
identify the celestial objects in view. You can also browse the skies in
manual mode. Search the night sky for your favourite planet, Messier
object, and more by moving your smartphone in the direction of the arrow
to find it in the night sky. Enjoy! Star Walk is a similar application
available on iOS.