Beautiful 360 views of the night sky

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7 Responses to “Beautiful 360 views of the night sky”

  1. DominicSayers says:

    Is this a view of the whole sky?

    Surely the solid angle it subtends is 4Ï€ steradians, not 360 degrees.

    • nixiebunny says:

      Ask a pedantic/snarky question, get a long-winded answer.

      Sure, it covers 360 degrees. The web viewer allows one to scan the entire sky, but it’s mapped onto a rectangle. The rotate and pan buttons each handle 360 degrees of sky in their respective axes.

      If you could print it on a sphere, then it would be a 4Ï€ steradian picture.

  2. Jake0748 says:

    Completely awesome and beautiful! I will spend hours looking at this.

    Thanks and kudos to Nick Risinger.

  3. DominicSayers says:

    …and while I’m here…

    The Milky Way isn’t the whole night sky, it’s just the concentration of stars at the centre of our galaxy. It appears as a bright white ribbon of stars, hence the name.

    • Jake0748 says:

      Did you look at the site? You can pan all the way around in a circle, both in azimuth and altitude. So the photo shows much more than just the Milky Way.

  4. holtt says:

    This would make a nifty iPad/iPhone app.

  5. imag says:

    I can’t believe it took so long to have this. It is such a gift to the world. It’s like we’re sitting there in the middle of space without the Earth.

    I want a really big, high resolution monitor…

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