Monday, September 04, 2006

Tech: identify the stars

SkyScout is an amazing device: it identifies stars.

It looks rather like a small video camera. Target it at any given star, and it will identify what it is. You can also locate a star or planet by selecting the name, then moving the device in the direction of the guiding arrows.

Astronomy - for me - is simply a confusing mass of bright spots in the sky. This is the sort of device that can help the astronomically challenged. Perhaps, for some, it may propel more people towards a more fundamental and fascinating subject: cosmology.

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