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Chandra Sky with Google Earth


Along with the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory has performed remarkably as one of NASA's "Great Observatories." Scientists using Chandra have made many discoveries about the cosmos, expanding our knowledge of everything from white dwarfs to black holes and beyond. The images in this tour are just a sample of the wealth of science that has been produced by Chandra, shown with optical and other multiwavelength data to place it in context of Sky in Google Earth. Check back here soon for additional tour features and downloads as we develop for this exciting new platform.

To view Chandra Sky, follow these four steps:

  1. Image of Download Button
    To do so, you will have to first download and install the latest version of Google Earth. Instructions on how to install Google Earth can be found here.
  2. Image of Desktop
    Next, click this link to save the "skytour.kmz" file to your desktop.
  3. Double-click on the "skytour.kmz" file you downloaded. Google Earth will start, with the Chandra Tour pre-loaded.
  4. Image of Google Earth Sky Button
    Click on the Saturn-shaped button at the top of your screen to switch to Google Sky mode.
  5. Image of Google Earth Places Panel
    Look to the "Places" panel on the left-hand side of your screen to make sure that the "skytour.kmz" item is selected. Finally, click on the triangular "Play Tour" button and enjoy.

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