The National Radio Astronomy Observatory Presents

Radio Skymarks for Google Sky

Featuring the 2007 AUI/NRAO Image Contest winner Birth and Death in the Milky Way

<insert image here /> Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI and (Rick White, STScI) (Bob Becker, IGPP/LLNL & UC-Davis) (David Helfand, Columbia)

You can view this image and others in Google Sky, which is part of the Google Earth desktop application. A Radio Skymark is a Google Earth Placemark that lets you bookmark places of interest in the sky and view related radio images.

How to view Radio Skymarks on your computer:

  1. Get Google Earth. Visit for a free download for Windows, Mac, or Linux.
  2. Download NRAO Radio Skymarks to your computer. Go to and click on the "Download" button next to the Skymark you wish to view. (Take note of the directory on your computer where you save your Skymarks.)
  3. If your web browser does not automatically open Skymarks within the Google Earth application, then launch Google Earth from your desktop (or wherever you installed it). Go to File > Open and browse to your downloaded Skymarks. This will be a *.kmz file.
  4. Confirm that you would like to switch to sky if Google Earth asks. You can also switch to sky view through the program menu within Google Earth at View > Switch to Sky.
  5. In Sky view, you can fly directly to a Skymark location by double clicking a Skymark in the left-hand Places menu.
  6. When closing the Google Earth application, it will notify you that you have unsaved items in your "Temporary Places" folder. We recommend that you click "Yes" - that means next time you open Google Earth, your NRAO Skymarks will be available to you in "My Places".

Questions about Google Earth? Visit . Google Earth requires an internet connection for use.

This brochure is based on Google Earth version 4.2.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

Google Earth is a trademark of Google. The NRAO is not commercially affiliated with Google.
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Topic revision: r2 - 2008-01-03, NicoleRadziwill
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