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Open Source Science Outreach

Cosmus is a group of scientists and science communicators interested in bringing current science - particularly (but not exclusively) astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology - to the public by providing visualizations that explain scientific concepts and data.

This site contains several interactive visuals that you can download and use. All our products are free and can be used by anyone for non-commercial purposes , as long as due credit is given. Non-commercial include individuals, museums, research, and educational institutions. The products can be used on regular 2-dimensional screens or 3-dimensional stereo GeoWalls. They are designed for ordinary computers running Linux or Windows, many run on OS X as well. In addition to supplying finished products, we also provide raw visuals that can be incorporated by others into finished products. If you want the even rawer data that we used to make any of the stuff here, email us.

Our intended audience includes museum professionals who design and make exhibits, scientists looking for visuals to use at presentations/outreach, high school and college teachers, members of the press, etc.

Cosmus visuals have found widespread use in enhancing public events & lectures and in museums such as Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (see list of Cosmus users).

The Cosmus group has made numerous presentations especially to the research community in an effort to further engage active scientists creating visual images associated with ongoing research (see list of presentations).

If you use any visuals on this site, we would really appreciate it if you sent an email telling us about it, in the spirit of freeware and open source.

Mars Color Stereo Images

Sloan Digital Sky Survey + WMAP

Pierre Auger

Cosmic Ray Showers

Black Hole @ Milky Way Center

SDSS Movie

APO Tour

APO Stereo Photos


VERITAS Stereo Photos

VERITAS Panoramas

OVRO Stereo Photos

Dark Matter Simulations

Earth at Night

Planetary Scales

Contact us at

COSMUS: Randy Landsberg, Mark SubbaRao, Dinoj Surendran, Daniela Rosner.

People who have helped Cosmus with data, software, hardware and time include Stuart Levy, Brian Abbott, Stephanie Andrews, Maximo Ave, David Barnhill, Alan Calder, Jim Cronin, Carter Emmart, Lucy Fortson, Josh Frieman, Valeri Galtsev, Andrea Ghez, Chris Greer, Britt Griswold, Geza Gyuk, Randy Hudson, Brian Humensky, Andy Johnson, Leo Kadanoff, Andrey Kravtsov, Jurek Krzesinski, Jason Leigh, Gina Levow, Brenda Lopez-Silva, Jessica Lu, M3 Engineering, Daisuke Nagai, Mike Papka, Hiranya Pierlis, Tomek Plewa, Joi Podgorny, Doug Roberts, Sergio Sciutto, Melva Smith, Rick Stevens, Jim Sweitzer, Toshiyuki Takahei, John Valdes, Joaquin Vieira, Brian Wilhite, Ryan Wyatt, Tokonatsu Yamamoto, Andrey Zhiglo. Apologies if we have left anyone out.