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Installed Plugin Version: Google Maps JavaScript API
Deep Space Map allows you to view celestial objects, including stars, constellations, galaxies and planets.
The images seen here are identical to those found in version 1 that uses Google Earth API.
More of the detailed images comes from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. With a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble.
Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light. Hubble has recorded some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.
Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute.
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Nomenclature of Galaxies
Tens of thousands of these galaxies have now been catalogued. Only a few have been given a well-established name, such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Magellanic clouds, the Whirlpool Galaxy and the Sombrero Galaxy.
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Hubble Image Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Hubble Extreme Deep Field Image Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons


The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) is an image of a small part of space in the center of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) within the constellation Fornax, showing the deepest optical view in space. While the HUDF is 2.4 arcminutes to an edge, the XDF is 2.3 arcminutes by 2 arcminutes,or approximately 80% the area of the HUDF. File:Hubble Goes to the eXtreme to Assemble Farthest Ever View of the Universe.ogvPlay media Video (02:42) about how the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field image was made. Released on September 25, 2012, the XDF image compiled 10 years of previous images and shows galaxies from 13.2 billion years ago. The exposure time was two million seconds, or approximately 23 days. The faintest galaxies are one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see. Many of the smaller galaxies are very young galaxies that eventually became major galaxies, like the Milky Way and other galaxies in our galactic neighborhood. The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, adds another 5,500 galaxies to those discovered in the Hubble Ultra-Deep Field.
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Google Maps Api is used in this project.
The Google Maps plug-in allows you to navigate and explore space data using a web browser.

Easy Navigation
Use the new navigation panel to zoom in and zoom out, move in all directions or just press the random button to find a new amazing place.

New interesting places on the map
A drop down menu with a list of the galaxies will help you to find where they are. Take a tour with the stars and see where they are on the sky. Still to come are list with small space objects, nebulas and space travel destinations.



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