At the Hayden Planetarium, a Joyride Across the Cosmos

Claudio Silva, professor in the department of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and member of the NYU Center for Data Science collaborated on this project.

... The lights dim. The inverted bowl of the [Hayden] planetarium’s screen comes to life. But the familiar, insectlike projector that displays the stars and constellations is stowed under the floor. Instead, projectors are reconstructing images onto the half dome from a desktop computer. ... These stunning images are not artists’ renderings, but computer images and data combined and translated into a stunning travelscape. This hourlong journey is, in fact, also a tour of reams of data collected from spacefaring robot craft. ... 

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