NASA Produces Massive Star Atlas



 

 

Thanks to the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) a probe designed to map the stars, NASA has been able to produce a cool atlas of the stars, it is not just for astronomers and school kids, and this is something that is interesting. The probe has used different mapping procedures in order to produce these wonderful images. Therefore, what we are getting here is a combination of 3D and 2D technology, with stunning results.

 

 

These are the details and features for the brilliant NASA & WISE image atlas;

 

This is a mosaic of the images covering the entire sky as observed by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), part of its All-Sky Data Release. The sky can be thought of as a sphere that surrounds us in three dimensions. To make a map of the sky, astronomers project it into two dimensions. Many different methods can be used to project a spherical surface into a 2-D map. The projection used in this image of the sky is called Aitoff, named after the geographer who invented it. It takes the 3-D sky sphere and slices open one hemisphere, and then flattens the whole thing out into an oval shape.

 



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