- Sky-map and similar redirect here. For an article about maps of the sky see Star cartography.
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SKY-MAP.ORG (or WikiSky.org) is a wiki and interactive sky map that covers more than half a billion celestial objects. Users can view the whole star sky at once and zoom in to view areas in greater detail. WikiSky includes many stars, galaxies, constellations, and planets, but it is still in development. Users can also edit information about different stars by writing articles, adding Internet links, uploading images, or create a special interest group for a specific task.
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The user can browse the sky either in Map-Mode or in SDSS-mode. In either mode, the user can access the name and a brief description of visible objects. This can be used to access more detailed information, including articles and different photo images.
SKY-MAP.ORG also has its own API so that code can be written to access maps, objects’ information and SDSS data. The API that has more functionality than the interactive part of the website currently uses.
Wikisky image copyrights
Some images from Wikisky, such as Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2) and Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) images are "non-commercial use". The DSS datarights are held by multiple institutions. SDSS data is also non-commercial use. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared) or GALEX space telescope (ultraviolet) are "PD-NASA-USgov".
- "WikiSky brings sky gazing to the (online) masses" by Hazel Muir, New Scientist writer, March 22, 2007
- "Sky-Map Site To Show The Beauty Of The Universe To Everybody" - article in Sky Nightly, Feb 01, 2007
- WikiSky - Publications
- People talking about SKY-MAP.ORG
- SKY-MAP.ORG Homepage
- SkyView, NASA, "Other Astronomy Image Services"
- SDSS Homepage
- SDSS imagery in WikiSky