Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mapping the universe, making tiles from discarded eggshells, learning from squids and more

“DESI” Will Attempt to Create The Most Detailed 3D Map of the Universe As part of an ambitious new survey of the cosmos, the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will analyze light collected by the ultra-powerful Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. “DESI will record not only a galaxy’s light but also its spectrum,” according to Smithsonian Magazine, “by measuring how much light a given …

Track All Things Orbiting Earth Daily

The brainchild of James Yoder, a future Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin, the website stuffin.space offers a realtime 3D map of Earth as seen from outer space—and it includes tracking visualizations for everything in orbit, refreshing daily. Yoder takes orbit data from Space-Track.org and pairs it with the satellite.js Javascript library in order to ascertain satellite positions. The …