Alan Boyle writes: Google and the Slooh virtual-telescope company have announced a deal to integrate tens of thousands of pictures captured by Slooh’s members automatically into Google Earth’s astronomical database. The arrangement could bring scientific crowdsourcing to a whole new level.

Millions of Internet users have already been participating in space-themed projects such as SETI @ Home, Galaxy Zoo and Moon Zoo, but those projects mostly involve sifting through data collected by the professionals. The collaboration announced today immediately puts images of more than 35,000 celestial objects into a Google Sky layer within the free Google Earth standalone program. New Slooh pictures will be added as soon as they’re taken.

via Cosmic Log – Sharing the Google Sky.

Very cool.