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GeoWall-related

GeoWall.Org is a meeting place of people in the GeoWall Consortium (that we don't know how to join, though we'd like to).

The EVL's AGAVE page includes lots of great directions and links, including Jason Leigh's tutorial on how to use Blitz3d on a GeoWall.

Jason provides a very interesting demo called TerrainFly, a simple, but very cool, flight simulator over Mars. But it is more generalizable - you can make it a flight simulator over any planet with a height/bump map (black is low, white is high) and a color map. And you can change the music too. Here are some sources of such maps:

  • James Hastings-Trew : Mercury, Venus, Earth, Pluto (simulated), Moon. In most cases he's provided just 1024 x 512 maps, asking for a $5 donation for larger maps to cover bandwidth charges.
  • Space Graphics has some really high-resolution bump maps of Earth and Mars that can be freely downloaded.
  • The Planetary Map Hub is a good source of color maps, with links to some excellent artists.

Low-Cost VR at PMEL.

Some GeoWall resources collected by Nick Schwarz of the EVL.

Macromedia Director is also very good for developing GeoWall content, and for creating exhibits for digital museums like Adler Planetarium.

The CECA VisLab at the University of Tennessee (Chattanooga) has several links.

Institutions our members are affiliated with

For the record, here's a list of Astronomy Departments around the world. No, we are not affiliated with all of them.

Astronomy projects we make visuals for

Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) : the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken.

Pierre Auger Project An international facility in development in Argentina, this project will use 1600 detectors spread over an area the size of Rhode Island to find elusive, extremely high-energy cosmic rays.

  • Chicago site
  • The first few slides of this PowerPoint Presentation by Johanner Blumer shows the layout of the 1600 detectors, the location of the project in Argentina, and so on. If viewing this on Windows, use Page Up and Page Down to navigate.

VERITAS A large collaborative effort to find high energy gamma rays, to help figure out where they come from.


Good Astronomy/Cosmology Outreach Sites

James Sweitzer's Astronomy group is part of the 2004-5 SCOPE Museum Presentations of Science Program. The Cosmus group grew out of the 2003-4 program.

Digital Universe from the Hayden Planetarium. You can get this to work on a GeoWall by following these instructions.

Hands-on Cosmology. "A small set of hands-on exhibits pieces (6 text panels, a few hands-on pieces, and a computer program that I'd really like to develop more) addressing the evidence for dark from the rotation curves of spiral galaxies." -- its author

Solar Journey by Andy Hanson (Indiana University), Priscilla Frisch (UChicago), Don York (UChicago) et al. Some really nice animations!

Observatory Tours. Links to lots and lots of observatory tours, including the GeminiNorth telescope.

Perttu Keinanen has created another type of virtual tour, with lots of 3d VRML models, of the telescopes at Tuorla Observatory.

The Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics has lots of Education & Outreach Programs:

The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica has information about the research being to done to better understand the origin of structure in the Universe, as well as pictures and a virtual tour of the South Pole.

Making Scale Models of the Solar System, e.g. the cycle trail near York in England.

Astronomy/Cosmology Pretty Pictures

WMAP Animation WMAP/NASA Science Team.

Andrey Kravtsov Large Scale Structure Simulations.

Tufts University also has a large collection of Cosmic Evolution Video Simulations.

Universe Adventure poster.

Calvin Hamilton's PlanetScapes.Com and Solar System Views

Explaining Cherenkov Radiation Three nice and simple applets showing wave patterns and shockwaves produced by differences in light and particle speed.

The 22 Nov 2003 issue of the weekly mag New Scientist has a 4-page pullout 'map of the universe' (a rather sparse map, but cool anyway). The map is based on the recent paper (Oct 03) "A map of the universe", by Richard Gott, Mario Juric, et al. They detail their work herE; you can find postscript and gif files with the map. You'll also find a link to the 50-page paper on arxiv, which has technical details, but is mostly a guided tour of the map in accessible language.

Cosmology Sites

AMNH Cosmic Microwave Background Astro Bulletin

Nova Online - Runaway Universe

WMAP Cosmology 101

Project 2061 from the AAAS

2003 Origins Course

Professor Wayne Hu's Introduction to the CMB (advanced)

1995 Report of the National Research Council. It is a good, albeit dated, reference for defining cosmology and motivating its study.

Sound of the Big Bang... "The Big Bang sounded more like a deep hum than a bang, according to an analysis of the radiation left over from the cataclysm. Physicist John Cramer of the University of Washington in Seattle has created audio files of the event ..."

Science Teaching Sites

Nobel e-Museum Games

Exploratorium Cool Sites

Strange Matter Exhibit

InformalScience.Org

SEED: Where scientists and engineers share their expertise and experience with anyone who wants to learn. Has some nice interactive games as well.

ESTME Week 2004. ESTME stands for Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics.

the Future of Learning Group at the MIT Media Lab Projects from the Future of Learning Group at the MIT Media Lab that explore the creation of "tools to think with" to help bring about change in real- world settings, such as schools, museums, and under-served communities.

Center for Innovative Learning Technologies. CILT was founded to stimulate the development and study of important, technology-enabled solutions for K-14 science, mathematics, engineering, and technology learning. CILT has generated many resources including tools, publications, events, and NetCourses.

NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2004

Stereoscopy

stereoscopy.com. If you can check out only one site, check this one. Their gallery has several stereo still pairs, not all of which would get past censors. Also check out their news page.

Slide bars to take stereo photographs with.

National Stereoscopic Association: includes links to their library and magazine.

Fun 3d sites.

VizEverywhere.com

Well Designed Sites

360 degrees A well-designed and creative website of interactive information, relating perspectives on the criminal justice system.

Vectorial Elevation is an interactive artwork that allows participants to transform the sky over Dublin, Ireland. It deals with the different viewpoints of the streets quite nicely.

Granada Tour : Good use of Flash.

Panoramas.dk

Cool Personal Site. Can't say much for the choice of text, but the mixing is excellent. Nice use of flash and animated gifs (the fishies). For a look behind the scenes, try http://www.nobodyhere.com/justme/gfx/car.swf. Oh, and gfx/index.html exists.

Science and Art

Intersections of Art, Technology, Science and Culture

Many people have seen the movie "Powers of 10". This was based on a 1957 book called "COSMIC VIEW: The Universe in 40 Jumps" by Kees Boeke. But you dont have to go to a library to find it, since there are at least two copies of it on the web in all its gory, at vendian.org and CalTech.

An Introduction to Science and Art.

INSAP: conferences over "The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena". To be held in Chicago in 2005.

3d Models

Free 3d models

Paul Bourke's asteroid models in .tri and .pov format. Space Graphics has them in .lwo format.

3d Cafe's Geography/Planets models, mostly in 3ds and DXF format.

Huge VRML models of Earth and Mars. Can fly around them on a browser in Windows - very cool. The earth one has signposts for place labels, though several could use updating (there are pre-1980 place names for Zimbabwean towns, for example).

Fun Stuff

Bubble Wrap (Needs Shockwave Player). Turn on volume. Click on manic mode. Move mouse. Bookmark for times of stress.