Downloads from the SDSS/WMAP Universe
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Made in 2007
We're now able to make far better movies than before, so we're revamping this page.
SDSS DR3, from the Milky Way to the CMB. The two wireframe spheres seen along the way are of radius one million and one billion light years. 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
Made in 2004
Parts of movies used to make the SDSS movie using the Third Data Release. They are in MPEG format unless otherwise stated.
Sloan Galaxies Rotation. A rotation of the SDSS galaxies (no quasars). 17 Mb. Best to leave it running as a loop.
Another rotation, this time lengthwise, 6Mb. Again, run as a loop.
Sloan Galaxies only. A straight flyout. One minute, 30 Mb.
Sloan galaxies, quasars and the Cosmic Microwave Background: 45 Megs, 3 minutes.
Another one, with Sloan Release 2 data, i.e. 250 000 galaxies and 35 000 quasars.
A complete flythrough, as would be seen at the Geowall on SciTech, from the sun to local galaxies to Sloan quasars.
The following downloads are for Windows or Linux. Unzip each zip file into a new folder, then click on any files with icons. Files marked "GeoWall" come up with left-right stereo pairs that you can use on a GeoWall. These files are large; you can only run them on recent computers with good graphics cards.
Navigation: The key is to hold the mouse button down while moving. As navigation is inertia-based (very cool), the scene keeps moving when you let go of the mouse button, depending on how fast you were moving the mouse when you let go. Move-click with the left mouse button to rotate, with the right mouse button to zoom.