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WikiSky

Posted by Dave Smith On 2/07/2007 09:10:00 AM 0 comments

Thanks to a heads-up from the Very Spatial folks, I was turned on to WikiSky - this is a compilation of data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and a number of other catalogs and efforts, into a Google Maps type interface, where users can pan, zoom, and select objects, to get detailed reports.


For example, a user can type in a Messier Catalog number (M45 in this example) and be whisked right to the area of interest on the sky map. Objects in the catalog are hyperlinked, and clicking on them (╬ĚTau/Alcyone in the Taurus constellation below) pulls up a detailed report, complete with great photos, analyses, and hyperlinks to a wide variety of rich sources specific to the objects of interest:

This is an excellent resource for any amateur astronomer - far more info than I ever imagined possible back when I spent many a night out in the back yard with my telescope...

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