This is already “old-news” if we consider that the announcement was made at the beginning of the year, but the topic is worth our attention for the simple fact that Google seems to be involved in all the major technological developments.
Google’s “do no harm” philosophy is now extended to a more elaborated mission: “to take the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” according to William Coughran.
Google’s involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project will be to develop an “astral search engine” able to render in real time images received from the 3-billion pixel telescope that will be build on the top of the Cerro Pachon mountain in Chile.
These images and other data should be available for scientists and other officials interested in viewing space events. Additionally a public “astral search engine” will be created for the general public.
Note: “astral search engine” is the term I use to define this search engine, as I have no better description for it yet. We’ll just need to wait and see how Google is going to call its new invention. We’ll also need to wait and see what SEO issues will raise as soon as this search engine is being launched. As the telescope is planned for the end of 2013 we can safely say we have enough time to guess and debate. Certainly Google will think of a way of generating revenue, at least from the public “astral search engine”. Are we going to see some new PPC options?