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Interactive map of the universe journeys through space-time - Space.com

Interactive map of the universe journeys through space-time - Space.com

Interactive map of the universe journeys through space-time - Space.com
Dec 02, 2022 1 min, 20 secs

The map, created with Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, is the first to display the span of 200,000 galaxies with pinpoint accuracy.

A new interactive map of the universe presents the entire span of the known cosmos in stunning detail and with pinpoint accuracy. .

Astronomers created the map, which shows the positions and real colors of 200,000 galaxies, using two decades' worth of data collected by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

"Growing up, I was very inspired by astronomy pictures, stars, nebulas and galaxies, and now it's our time to create a new type of picture to inspire people," Brice Ménard, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics and Astronomy and co-creator of the map, said in a statement.

The detailed map was possible thanks to the pioneering Sloan Digital Sky Survey, one of the most influential surveys in the history of astronomy.

Ménard and former Johns Hopkins computer science student Nikita Shtarkman used these data to recreate a slice of the universe containing 200,000 galaxies.

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is just one of these dots located at the very bottom of the map. .

At the opposite end of the interactive map is the Milky Way, including the solar system and Earth as they exist today.

Ménard hopes that, in addition to displaying the universe in its full beauty, the interactive map will demonstrate the awe-inspiring scale of the universe. .

From this speck at the bottom, we are able to map out galaxies across the entire universe, and that says something about the power of science.".

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