3D Atlas of the Universe

“My job is to translate the difficulty of science into understandable stories.”  — Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History

This is really fascinating!

Carter Emmart has spent the last several years “coordinat[ing] scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate yet visually stunning and immersive space experiences in the AMNH’s Hayden Planetarium.” In essence, they have taken huge amounts of astronomical data (constantly being updated) to create a groundbreaking, 3D atlas called “The Digital Universe”. What’s more, it is interactive, and I understand that you can play around with it via the “Exoplanet” app for iPhone/iPad.

In this brief video, you’ll travel from the Himalayas, through our solar system, our galaxy, out to the limits of time and (visible) space, then back again, while stopping briefly to see where several exoplanets are in relation to Earth. This TED talk is nearly 5 years old, so who knows what else they have added since then….


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