3D Map of Universe Captures 43,000 Galaxies

The 2MASS Red­shift Sur­vey (details here) took 10 years to com­plete, and it has now yield­ed the finest 3D map of the uni­verse ever made, cat­a­logu­ing more than 43,000 galax­ies with­in 380 mil­lion light-years from Earth. The new map was pre­sent­ed last week at the 218th meet­ing of the Amer­i­can Astro­nom­i­cal Soci­ety. You can view the map in a much big­ger for­mat here and, as one user sug­gests, you may want to “right click and save as desk­top back­ground.”

Space.com has more details on this incred­i­ble map­ping project. Thanks Robin for send­ing along.

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