Friday, August 10, 2012

WATCH | A 3-D Tour of the Universe

Inside, you'll find the largest 3-D map of the universe ever assembled, courtesy of the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico.

Glide with us through the cosmos! And those of you who own a pair of 3-D anaglyph glasses (the red and blue ones) — hold onto your butts.

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has been taking pan shots of our universe for over 10 years using an Initial D-inspired technique called "drift scanning" — essentially working with the earth's rotation to shoot pictures of the stars one long strip at a time.

This map was released under the decidedly un-sexy name "Data Release 9." According to SDSS, the data accumulated at Apache Point will eventually chart 1.5 million galaxies and give context to 7 billion years of cosmic development.


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