Where is M13?

Where is M13?

Where is M13?

Bad Astronomy
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Sept. 30 2009 12:00 PM

Where is M13?

One problem with astronomical observing is its two-dimensional nature. You can point a telescope at a star, a planet, or a galaxy, but they all look pretty much infinitely far away (if you're walking, that's pretty much a fact).

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

So some new software called Whereis M13? looks pretty interesting. It's an interactive 3D galaxy atlas, and it gives lots of info and a graphical display of the location of a particular object in space. For example, here is the eponymous M13:

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You can see it gives info in the window, as well as a view looking down at the galactic disk as well as along the plane of the galaxy, and you can see that M13, a globular cluster, is well above the galactic plane.

It's a rather basic app at the moment, but it's a) free, and 2) promising. I think that with more features this could be a very cool and educational piece of software.

Tip o' the redshift to BABloggee Keith Ebbecke.