Consider the Palomar globulars and Abell planetaries discovered in the mid-1950s on the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey
The photographic chart above, based on a Palomar Observatory Sky Survey
print, shows stars a little fainter than Pluto.
Just as the GSC changed the face of astronomy software regarding stars, another innovation is under way with the introduction of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey
(POSS) for home use.
Until recently you had to go to a major observatory library to examine star fields on the standard Palomar Observatory Sky Survey
. Now you can do it from home with a World Wide Web connection by going to http://stdatu.stsci.edu/dss and filling in the blanks to specify the area you want to see.
Wells's War of the Worlds is also there in hypertext format), a complete catalog of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey
in a database readable by Microsoft Excel, tips on how to learn French, and many software utilities.