New 3D Maps show the known universe in the greatest detail yet...

Received the following link from New Scientist today. I think it's hugely exciting that we have progressed this far with the ability to map a portion of our universe.

 

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/05/new-3d-...

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The most detailed view ever assembled of our universe is now available... and it's even in 3D.
 
Covering 95 per cent of the sky in the infrared part of the spectrum, the
2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) map shows the distribution of galaxies and dark matter that make up the local universe up to 380 million light years away. 
 
The map also shows more distant objects. The purple areas denote galaxies closest to Earth, whist the red areas are the furthest, lying about 1 billion light years from Earth.
 
The map is based on data gathered in the southern hemisphere by
the 1.2-metre Schmidt telescope in Siding Springs, Australia, and in the northern hemisphere by the 1.2-metre telescope at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona. Altogether, the maps shows approximately 45,000 galaxies.

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Comment by Gaytor on May 26, 2011 at 11:43am
And clearly we are the most important. .5 billion stars in our galaxy. 1.5 million known galaxies = ours was made by our deity, just for us!
Comment by Jon van Rooyen on May 26, 2011 at 1:39pm
Haha! But of course... It's like a huge backyard for a less than microscopic speck of a house, just for us! Pity the deity didn't just hand out the long enough lifespan and ability to explore it much physically though. So much to see, so little time. Sigh!

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