A 3D atlas of the universe: Carter Emmart on TED.com

Posted by: Shanna Carpenter

For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it’s being shared with facilities around the world. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 6:57)

Watch Cater Emmart’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 700+ TEDTalks.

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  • commented on Aug 31 2010

    We are limited by land on earth. most of these observations are by land based telescopes and none of them are in the north or south pole.

  • Adam Gallagher commented on Aug 6 2010

    Amazing video, inspiring skills.

    At 3:11 the image of the visible universe includes the line
    “The empty areas where we have yet to map”
    The shape of the universe we have been able to see is like a sideways hour-glass. I am intrigued as to why this is or what exactly the image represents. Can anyone shed any light on it?