gSky Browser: gSky KML Collection

Enrich your Google Earth viewing experience with KML files created by HubbleSite. Download and install them to add features to your view of the sky.

  • Comet Holmes Open in Google Earth On Oct. 23, 2007, Comet Holmes burst into brilliance, shining a million times brighter than it normally does. The strange outburst, never seen in any other comet, was last witnessed 115 years ago when Comet Holmes was first discovered. This file will show you Comet Holmes' position in the sky. Recommended for: Everyone
  • Find Hubble Open in Google Earth The Hubble Space Telescope spins around the Earth at a speed of 5 miles (8 km) per second. Every 97 minutes, it circles the globe. Pinpoint Hubble’s location right now, and watch the screen update as the telescope moves. Recommended for: Everyone
  • STScI's Best of Hubble Open in Google Earth Cruise the cosmos to enjoy some of Hubble's greatest and most famous images. Take a tour of such groundbreaking pictures as the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, filled with a multitude of galaxies; the star nurseries of the Orion Nebulae, where new stars are being born and the building blocks for planetary systems are in place. Recommended for: Everyone
  • V838 Mon Supernova Remnant Animation Open in Google Earth In 2002, the exploding star V838 Monocerotis briefly became the brightest star in the Milky Way. Since then, the light from its outburst has been traveling onwards, illuminating layers of discarded gas and dust. Watch a movie of this "light echo," assembled from years of Hubble observations. Recommended for: Everyone
  • Angular Scale on the Sky Open in Google Earth This tool computes the angular scale in Google Earth's sky feature four seconds after the camera comes to a halt. The angular scale is displayed as an overlay on the top left of the screen. Recommended for: Experts