Yesterday, May 4th, was Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you), meaning today we’re highlighting the intergalactic capabilities that GIS offers. Fascination with the night sky has been a long tradition of human civilization, non-exclusive in its availability to anyone with a clear sky. As modern technology keeps advancing and thus allowing us to see more and more stars, constellations, and galaxies, keeping track of each is a daunting task.
The Astronomy Nexus is a project that is working to map the plethora of data found in the night sky.
Clicking on each star results in a view of its name, constellation, distance from earth, luminosity, and more, making the surplus of data both organized and intuitive.
As you continue to magnify the map, the star names become much less creative (i.e. 23, 31, 32). When clicking on any star for its information, a small “i” icon appears. When you click it, it will take you to that star’s Wikipedia page for you to read more about it.
Thanks to GIS mapping, star lovers and Jedi alike can have streamlined and functional use of endless amounts of data, all with the simple click of a mouse.