Google Earth and the Milky Way

We have all been there, you go out scouting a location only to find that in the middle of the night the Milky Way doesn't line up where you thought it would. Yes, I know there are a lot of mobile apps out there but they all work in real time which makes planning kind of difficult. 

I have found that Google Earth does a great job of showing you where the milky Way will be.

Google Earth gives you the ability to select a date an time, either in the future or past, this allows you to see exactly where the Milky Way will make its appearance. 

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As you can see from the slider in the top right, I have selected 7/9/2015 at 8:03 pm and now I know where the milky way will be. There is however one caveat, even though Google Earth does a great job on location it falls short on lighting, I have found on many occasions where Google Earth will show it being dark where in reality it was still pretty light outside.

I hope this tutorial makes someones life a little easier. 

Till later, have fun chasing that Galaxy. 

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