Take a virtual tour through 400,000 charted galaxies.
No, that isn’t a field of stars. It’s a field of galaxies containing trillions of stars.
The stargazers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have released a huge three-dimensional map of outer space, a core part of its six-year survey of the skies. Encompassing four billion light-years cubed, the researchers hope to use the map to retrace the movements of the universe through the last six billion years.
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Update — I scheduled this post this afternoon before the news broke that Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died at the age of 82. RIP