The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City has a distinguished history as a leader in science visualization technology designed to convey sophisticated science concepts to a general audience. It also has a long record of successful partnerships with NASA that enhance science education for local and national audiences.
Since 1998, the AMNH and the Hayden Planetarium have engaged in the three-dimensional mapping of the universe. This cosmic cartography brings a new perspective to our place in the universe and will redefine your sense of home. The Digital Universe, developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, is a far more powerful visualization engine than any other existing freeware application.
The Digital Universe Atlas or Digital Universe, obtains data from scientists and organizations worldwide to create the most complete and accurate 3-D atlas of the universe from the local solar neighborhood out to the edge of the observable universe. You can begin a virtual tour of the universe by simply downloading the free software Partiview onto your PC.
The Digital Universe is now being distributed to planetariums, science centers, and museums around the world. The Digital Universe will continue to expand with new data being gathered and new tools developed, filling in more details of our universe as our understanding evolves.