gSky Browser: Best of the Web KML Files

Observatories, universities and the general public create their own KML files and make them available online. We've picked out some of the best for your enjoyment.

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day Overlays A series of images taken from the popular Astronomy Picture of the Day site. Provided by Google Earth member syzygy. Visit site
  • The Crab Nebula Explodes The Crab Nebula is the result of a supernova explosion witnessed in 1054 AD. This file by Google Earth member Joey Wade assembles a series of images from an ESA video into an animation. Open in Google Earth
  • Multicolor Galaxies A file provided by the AEGIS project gives users a look at a small section of the sky in every available type of radiation, including x-ray, ultraviolet, infrared and visible light. Developer: AEGIS Team Open in Google Earth
  • Images of Nearby Galaxies from the National Optical Astronomical Observatory Our Milky Way galaxy is part of a larger collection of galaxies known as the Local Group. See a gallery of our Local Group galaxies and compare sizes and shapes. Developer: National Optical Astronomical Observatory Open in Google Earth
  • The Sloan Digital Sky Survey catalog The Sloan Digital Sky Survey provides information for about 2 million stars, galaxies and quasars. This file shows the brightness of each object and provides links for more information. Developer: University of Washington Open in Google Earth
  • Exoplanets Tour the more than 200 planets discovered outside our solar system in the last two decades. This file provides orbit diagrams and comparisons with the orbits of Jupiter and Earth, as well as planetary masses, host star properties, and links to the discovery papers. Developer: California and Carnegie Planet Search Open in Google Earth