Beautiful Sky in Google Earth

Large Magellanic Cloud in Google EarthI have always been fascinated with the beauty of the night sky when seen through the eyes of a telescope. So much so that I got a degree in astronomy. Looking at the pictures available of galaxies, nebula, quasars, and more in the new Google Earth 4.2 with Sky can result in some amazingly beautiful views. This image is part of a study by astronomers from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). They conducted this study, called the Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey (MCELS), that focused expressly on the Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud—the nearest major galaxies to the Milky Way. More than 1,500 individual images from MCELS have been assembled into a large mosaic. You can see this in Google Earth by downloading this collection of imagery from the NOAO. The first folder is the “Large Magellanic Cloud”. If you double click on it and start zooming in, you will be amazed that the universe can create such wonderful art.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Yes, there is some amazing art in the universe. It is even more amazing that the artist allows us to have a relationship with Him!

  2. i think that it is amazing
    that they are doing this and that the kid’s finally have a good place to get answer’s for their home work i wish they had this when
    i was a kid

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