Digital Universe Atlas By Haydn Planetarium

Read here about the Digital Universe atlas, a freely downloadable software distributed by the Haydn Planetarium.

About the Digital Universe

From the website:

Since 1998, the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium have engaged in the three-dimensional mapping of the Universe. This cosmic cartography brings a new perspective to our place in the Universe and will redefine your sense of home.

The Digital Universe Atlas is distributed to you via packages that contain our data products, like the Milky Way Atlas and the Extragalactic Atlas, and requires free software allowing you to explore the atlas by "flying" through it on your computer.

Sample views:
  • Looking back on the Milky Way from the globular cluster M54
  • Looking back on the Milky Way from M54, a globular cluster that's 85,000 light-years from Earth.

The Known Universe Video

Released in late 2009, the short video called "The Known Universe" is a six-minute journey from Mt. Everest to the farthest reaches of the observable universe. By December 2010 the video had received almost 7 million views on YouTube, garnered over fourteen thousand comments, and is the third-most-favorited and eleventh-top-rated video in Science & Technology.

Links and Citations

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