May 11, 2009
Google planning space exploration gadget for studying night skies
Google is preparing to launch a mobile phone application called Star Droid that can help amateur astronomers identify stars and planets. It will use GPS technology to compare the position of the phone user with the existing maps of space and also by attaching name tags to stars and planets that can be seen through the phone’s viewfinder. The application could reignite interest in planets and constellations that has been dampened by light pollution from street lamps that make the night sky hard to observe. This innovation could be really useful to help people learn what they are looking at. t will be interesting to see how much the camera on the phones will be able to pick up and the night sky is pretty much crowded. But I am sure Google would find out some way or the other.