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I'm working with CFHT to develop a citizen-science website, where users would be given a view of a large portion of the sky (an image we provide), and be able to navigate the image similar to google sky and click on certain objects (from a list of coordinates) to find information.

Is it possible to use a google maps-similar program?

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Check out stellarium - for education, I think it is perfect. Both free and Free, cross platform, relatively easy to use.

Educationally, I think providing a full package like stellarium is better than a static, short list that you propose simply because it allows exploration, satisfying a question, etc.

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There is also another freebie Celestia. The description reads: "Celestia is an application for real-time 3D visualization of space, with a detailed model of the solar system, over 100,000 stars, more than 10,000 galaxies, and an extension mechanism for adding more objects."

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