|The Star Map Crystal - A map of our nearby stars covering 5 parsecs (1 parsec=3.086 x 1016km) in all directions, with sol at the center. The map comes with a key describing each star and symbol.|
|Earth's Magnetic Field (looking perpendicular to the equator)|
|Earth's Magnetic Field (from the top)|
The Geodynamo: Earth's magnetic field has existed for billions of years, yet the planet is not a permanent magnet: the field would vanish in just 100,000 years if it weren't being regenerated from thermal convection of liquid iron in the earth's core.
In 1995 Gary Glatzmaier (UCSC) and Paul Roberts (UCLA) created the first self-consistent time-dependent simulation of this process in 3D. Their model works: it predicts the poles and the dynamic interior, as well as the occasional global polarity flip.
|Sloan Digital Sky Survey|
This Sloan Digital Sky Survey was performed by a 2.5m telescope, located in New Mexico, from 2000 to 2008, covering a solid slice of the the northern-hemisphere sky plus three delicate tranches of the southern.
Our viewpoint is at the center, where the northern- and southern-hemisphere data come together. The features revealed at this scale are composed mainly of the brightest objects; the survey contains more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.
And to finish, our own home, sweet, home:
|Our Milky Way|