About the Digital Universe

About the Digital Universe

Looking back on the Milky Way from the globular cluster M54

Looking back on the Milky Way from M54, a globular cluster that's 85,000 light-years from Earth.

Since 1998, the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium have engaged in the three-dimensional mapping of the Universe. This cosmic cartography brings a new perspective to our place in the Universe and will redefine your sense of home.

The Digital Universe Atlas is distributed to you via packages that contain our data products, like the Milky Way Atlas and the Extragalactic Atlas, and requires free software allowing you to explore the atlas by flying through it on your computer.