Thursday, May 10, 2007

Two Cool Resources

Doing some surfing, I came across some pretty neat resources. For armchair astronomers, the first is WikiSky, a sort of Google Earth of the heavens. Overlay constellations, find and view photos of celestial objects or just see what stars are overhead right now.

The second is the Encyclopedia of Life. This site aims to be a wikipedia of known species, including photos, maps and including links to journal articles and published genomes. This 'interactive zoo' will have different layers of access from 'novice' to 'expert' featuring more detailed species information. The site isn't up and running yet, but the demo pages (like those linked above) look pretty slick. Read more about it over at Wired magazine.