If you haven’t visited a planetarium lately, make it a priority.
Modern planetariums don’t just feature star shows any more. You can now see masterful visualizations of the entire universe, from Earth to the farthest reaches of cosmic radiation released by the Big Bang. The software behind these visualizations is updated constantly with astronomy’s newest findings, so that the map of the universe you see at a planetarium is basically the universe as we know it, in real time.
Though traveling through space from the comfort of a recliner is unequivocally very cool, Brian Abbott — who manages the Digital Universe Atlas software at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York — explains how a present-day planetarium tour is also very accurate and very advanced.
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