Sally Ride Science has announced that it is contributing science content to Google Earth's new Sky Feature, enabling teachers and students to explore the universe and learn about astronomy from their computers.
To educate visitors as they tour the universe, Sally Ride Science contributes cutting-edge content on nebulae and exoplanets to Sky in Google Earth. The Sky feature allows users of Google Earth to view the sky as seen from planet Earth and navigate through 100 million individual stars and 200 million galaxies. The Sally Ride Science content, which appears as a Keyhole Markup Language (KML) file on Sky, is drawn from the new Sally Ride Science Classroom Set on Astronomy, one of four Classroom Sets available to schools this fall.
With Sky and the Astronomy Classroom Set, teachers and students can learn about some of Dr. Sally Ride’s favorite extra-solar places — nebulae where stars are born, remnants of exploding stars, and even stars that have planets orbiting around them.
The Astronomy Classroom Set brings science to life with nonfiction readers that examine the latest scientific findings about our solar system and beyond, including the reclassification of Pluto to a “dwarf planet.” The set presents information about scientists and the tools developed to study stars and exoplanets light years away. Sally Ride Science also offers Classroom Sets on the Solar System, Science Careers, and Climate Change. Each set presents critical content through clear and lively text, vibrant photography, thought provoking activities and real-world examples from cutting-edge scientists, according to the announcement.
In addition to contributing science content, Ride posts a blog on Google Earth to share her insights and experiences about space and science. The first installment can be found at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/view-from-sky.html.
To learn more about Sky, Ride and Google engineer Greg Coombe showcase some of Sky’s capabilities and the wonders of space in a brief video available on Google Earth at http://earth.google.com/sky/index.html.
Source: Sally Ride Science, www.SallyRideScience.com