In Google Earth, a Service for Scanning the Heavens from the New York Times reports that Google Earth has released a new version that allows you to look up at the sky and see the galaxy. The feature is described more here.
The new feature will let you virtually look up at the sky, from any location and zoom in and fly around to other locations. The images come from Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Palomar Observatory at the California Institute of Technology and the NASA-financed Hubble.
The Google Lat Long blog has screen captures of some sky imagery. Note, to see sky images, you must download the new version of Google Earth.
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Happy star gazing.