An Interactive Map Lets You Gaze Through the Observable Universe

Depicting the position of 200,000 galaxies (each represented by a single dot), a new interactive map by astronomers at Johns Hopkins University lets viewers gaze from the Milky Way through one large slice of the perceptible universe. Two decades of data collected in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was transformed into the color-coded map by artist and designer Nikita Shtarkman. “In this map, we are just a speck …

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A cosmic fingerprint, cooling with terracotta, a map explaining what Indigenous territory you're on and more

Oakland to Return Park Land to Indigenous People Oakland, California is slated to become one of the first US cities to return land to Indigenous people—and the first to do so for a federally unrecognized tribe. The city council is planning to rematriate Sequoia Point—a five-acre park owned by the city—to the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, the East Bay Ohlone tribe and the Confederated Villages …

Native Land Digital’s Map Shows What Indigenous Territory You’re On

Canadian non-profit Native Land Digital (mostly funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation) is an Indigenous-led organization that runs Native-Land.ca—a searchable online map that shows Native territories, nations, languages and treaties. Users can search with “settler names” on or off, and when an Indigenous label is clicked, a link appears which leads to extra reading, images and related maps. While some countries are more populated than others …