Celestia



Like Google Earth, for space. Celesita overlays modern telescope and spacecraft photography on a surprisingly detailed working model of the known universe. You can fly around like a flight simulator and change the flow of time – watching cities light up as the night sweeps across Earth one minute and zooming out past the Milky Way the next.

There’s also a lively community that makes and shares expansions to the program, allowing you to add new objects and trajectories, and switch out the images rendered on existing objects. You can also load up and track space telescopes, probes, satellites, and stations; or even the Millennium Falcon and Deep Space Nine.

Celestia



Like Google Earth, for space. Celesita overlays modern telescope and spacecraft photography on a surprisingly detailed working model of the known universe. You can fly around like a flight simulator and change the flow of time — watching cities light up as the night sweeps across Earth one minute and zooming out past the Milky Way the next.

There’s also a lively community that makes and shares expansions to the program, allowing you to add new objects and trajectories, and switch out the images rendered on existing objects. You can also load up and track space telescopes, probes, satellites, and stations; or even the Millennium Falcon and Deep Space Nine.

Organic Data Visualization

Treemaps are a method for visualizing information that completely and recursively subdivide a given area into cells, where each cell’s area corresponds to certain attributes in the data set. In other words, you can look at an otherwise large set of data, and instantly distinguish trends and patterns from the wealth of information in front of you.

Take Marcos Weskamp’s Newsmap, where news headlines are aggregated from Google News, organized by subject, displayed in tightly assembled boxes, and sized according to popularity for a quick and informative look at the world’s current events.

Building on that idea are Michael Balzer and Oliver Deussen from the University of Konstanz, Germany, who use an algorithm based on Voronoi tessellations, a method which allows for organizing data into more complex shapes like shown in the image above, producing a more intuitive and flexible treemap that closely resembles the patterns formed by soap bubbles or living cells.

Check out their PDF article for the nitty-gritty math behind this and a few more images.

Organic Data Visualization

Treemaps are a method for visualizing information that completely and recursively subdivide a given area into cells, where each cell’s area corresponds to certain attributes in the data set. In other words, you can look at an otherwise large set of data, and instantly distinguish trends and patterns from the wealth of information in front of you.

Take Marcos Weskamp’s Newsmap, where news headlines are aggregated from Google News, organized by subject, displayed in tightly assembled boxes, and sized according to popularity for a quick and informative look at the world’s current events.

Building on that idea are Michael Balzer and Oliver Deussen from the University of Konstanz, Germany, who use an algorithm based on Voronoi tessellations, a method which allows for organizing data into more complex shapes like shown in the image above, producing a more intuitive and flexible treemap that closely resembles the patterns formed by soap bubbles or living cells.

Check out their PDF article for the nitty-gritty math behind this and a few more images.

Ice Cream Creatures

Ice Cream Creatures music is vocal, dreamy, experimental electronic glitched up guitar ballads for space children. The sound can range from soft and ambient drones to songs composed only of manipulated vocals to full on drum and bass.

What’s more, nearly half of their most recent (and only) album, Everything I Touch Turns Into More Touches, is available free for download via their record label, papergoose. I especially like “Some Kind of Optimism”, “A Star In My Hand”, “A Red Leaf”, “Mist or Mast”, “Drugs”, and “I’ll Stay”.

While they haven’t recorded since 2003, I think they still perform live, and apparently are looking to make a music video soon. I’m interested to see what happens.

Ice Cream Creatures

Ice Cream Creatures music is vocal, dreamy, experimental electronic glitched up guitar ballads for space children. The sound can range from soft and ambient drones to songs composed only of manipulated vocals to full on drum and bass.

What’s more, nearly half of their most recent (and only) album, Everything I Touch Turns Into More Touches, is available free for download via their record label, papergoose. I especially like “Some Kind of Optimism”, “A Star In My Hand”, “A Red Leaf”, “Mist or Mast”, “Drugs”, and “I’ll Stay”.

While they haven’t recorded since 2003, I think they still perform live, and apparently are looking to make a music video soon. I’m interested to see what happens.