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Re: Here are the instructions
Feb 19, 2011 4:30 PM
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The Other Sentient Side
Originally Posted By: SyriusStar01
1. Use your Google Search engine to search for "DSS Consortium". It stands for Digitized Sky Survey...
6. Enter the coordinates for right acsension and declination in their respective boxes that normally direct you to the mysterious black box from GOOGLE EARTH AND SKY and walla! There is the contents of the box which include an extremely bright star.
I was up all night one night determined to find the contents of that blacked out image. I am of the belief that the internet has destroyed all attempts at being truly secret. If there was a government conspiracy to keep this secret I would never have found this picture. I honestly think Google was simply hacked and they have not fixed the problem yet...
Hello, SyriusStar01, and welcome to Google Sky!
That darn piece of missing data has been just about beat to death here on the Google Earth Community forums, on YouTube, and pretty much all over the Internet. From your 6 steps above, it seems like you were able to find other, external imagery of that piece of the sky. For your information, I did the same thing in March of 2009, and posted the results as an overlay in THIS post. There are actually lots and lots of available images of that piece of the sky, using other sources besides the Digitized Sky Survey. Using the Aladin search engine, I found 16 separate images of this area from four separate sky surveys: the first Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS1), the 2nd Microwave All-Sky Survey (2MASS), the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC), and the Infrared Astronomical Survey (IRAS). I suspect if I tried, I could probably find dozens more from other sources.
To your point in the last paragraph, the idea that somebody or some governmental agency could possibly censor or suppress all of the astronomical images of a portion of the sky is simply laughable, to me. Even if it were possible to hunt down and eliminate all of the images, the night sky is freely available to any- and everyone. So if there was some object SW of Orion's belt which "THEY" didn't want you to see, there is no way to prevent me from looking up at the night sky with my own telescope. There are amateurs out there with some very sophisticated telescopic hardware, and could readily see any potential "Planet X" or whatever.
So, this is the long way of saying, congratulations, you've discovered the obvious: since it's not possible to censor the night sky, the blank spot in the Google Sky imagery must simply a mistake, a piece of missing data, nothing sinister. Besides, there are dozens of other, similar missing pieces of data in the GSky dataset, I don't know why people have singled out this one spot. I have a collection of the missing bits of GSky data, in a folder in a .kmz file at the bottom of the first post in THIS thread.
Good luck, and have fun!
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