Google Earth gave computer users the ability to travel the globe. Now, it is giving them a chance to explore the universe.
A new feature in the company's satellite imagery-based mapping software allows users to view space from their computers.
The tool provides information about various celestial bodies, from stars to planets, and includes imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope and other sources. It also allows users to take virtual tours through galaxies, including the Milky Way.
Current Google Earth users must download a new version from Google Earth.
The software works on computers running Microsoft's Windows, Apple's Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.
Google Sky was developed at the company's Pittsburgh engineering office