Visualization of Scientific Data (and software)
* Short educational movie clips (.mov files):
(1) Heliosphere journeying through the Milky Way Galaxy:
(2) Zoom to the black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy,
traveling through six orders of
magnitude in spatial resolution and eight orders of magnitude in wavelength:
The Soljourn astronomical visualization project is in collaboration with
Prof. Andrew Hanson of Indiana University.
Alternative downloads: SOLJOURN website
or Hanson homepage
* Software for visualizing scientific data:
The Soljourn software, including a program for spatial coalignment of astronomical
data over different coordinate precisions and spatial scales, can be downloaded from:
Here is a Soljourn Documentation software summary
and download information.
The sofware packages include:
This is an educational computer animated film on
of the local neighborhood of the Earth and the Sun developed as
part of our NASA-sponsored research work. The DVD version containing
the Solar Journey animation and supplementary science materials
is distributed by Finley-Holiday Films at the web site linked above.
** 1. Earthday: Earth-centered visualization tool for real-time satellite data and planetary trajectories.
** 2. Starview: Utility for visualizing very large-scale astronomical data from solar system to local galaxy groups
** 3. SkyAlign: Accurate interactive alignment of images, photographs and 3D gas cloud models against sky coordinates
** 4. [To be released, not in current release]
DistEdTool: Tool for the construction and verification of models representing spectrally absorbing and emitting
gas cloud between the Earth and nearby stars.
Heliosphere animation, Quicktime movie, available here part of presentation.
Images from the
heliosphere animation, showing orientation of
towards the constellation of Orion.
More on software supported by NASA's previous AISRP program:
AISRP (obsolete link);
AISRP Code and Algorithm Library;
AISRP downloads (obsolete link).