Internet users have access to the most detailed map of our Universe

(ORDO NEWS) — Astronomers from Johns Hopkins University have created the most detailed map of the visible part of the universe, based on data collected over the past two decades by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project.

Now the beauty, which was previously available only to scientists, will be able to see all the rest of the inhabitants of our planet.

The most detailed interactive map of the Universe was created by astronomers at Johns Hopkins University (USA). It allows you to see the actual position and real colors of thousands of galaxies scattered across the night sky.

The map is available online and can be downloaded and scrolled through while enjoying photographs of stars, galaxies and nebulae.

According to Professor Brice Ménard , the creator of the map, its purpose was to enable ordinary web users to enjoy all the beauties of the universe. Even as a child, he was inspired by photographs of space, and now he decided to inspire other people.

Astronomers have created a map based on data collected over the past 20 years as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey project.

The huge wide-field telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico allows scientists to study multispectral images and redshift spectra of stars and galaxies.

With the help of Johns Hopkins University graduate Nikita Shtarkman, Professor Menard was able to visualize some 200,000 galaxies.

Each point on the map is a cluster of millions of stars and planets. The Milky Way is just one of the dots, the only pixel at the very bottom of the map. This allows us to estimate the true scale of the universe.

The map allows you to look not only into the distance, but also back into the past. Because light travels at a constant speed in space, we see distant objects from Earth as they were years, centuries, and millions of years ago.

As a result, the range of the visible part of the Universe is limited by its age: we cannot see objects located further than 13.7 billion light-years from us.

However, despite the limitations, the map is visually beautiful and demonstrates what modern science has achieved. From a tiny pixel at the very bottom, we can see the far reaches of the universe and look billions of years into the past.


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