Map of the skies
Posted 23 November 2009 - 04:19 PM
This is a combined layout of an "universal" map of the whole sky. It was designed to be double-sided and folded, this layout just breaks it all and puts all the elements onto one page.
My first post here, but show no mercy in your comments.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 05:26 AM
The night time colour scheme fits the theme of the map perfectly - even with the limited colour palette everything is clear and readable without resorting to over the top contrast.
I'd maybe think about moving some of the constellation names so they don't overlap with the stars - Telescopium, Andromaeda and maybe a couple of others - and possibly mask the ecliptic where the line intersects with constellation names.
Posted 24 November 2009 - 09:50 AM
Would this map be used out in the field under low light conditions? If so, is it readable in those conditions? (I guess people taking the map out in the field would bring flashlights with them)
Nice work! (sorry, couldn't find anything to be merciless about... )
Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:12 AM
"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality. Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach. That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me? I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.” Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and that stubborn fog clouding my vision with nothing but darkness."
Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:31 PM
The layout is great and the simple, clean design makes it very attractive to look at. Much better than stuffy textbook illutrations. The silhouette in the corner is a nice touch. The percieved overlap of larger magnitude stars with brighter ones works well for me and
The only other comments I have are nitpicky opinions, but you asked for no mercy, so here they are. I agree that the ecliptic could be masked where it is overlain by constellation names (or asterisms, to give them thier astronomical term). However, I'd consider moving some of them a little, for example Sagittarius and Corvus in the bottom panel, so they don't overlap stars, and shift Ursa Minor left a little so it's not on top of the declination line.
In the southern hemisphere, the declinations should be negative, with the South celestial pole being at -90 degrees. I see why you put the line where it is - to match with the other circle - but it seems to pass through the densest region of stars. Swinging it around to 4 or 5 hours wuold make it easier to see and read.
In the lower panel, I love the flow of the ecliptic and the Milky Way. Since the labels are so unobtrusive, I'd consider numbering the bottom and right sides as well and including the degrees symbol. Now I look, I can't see any units labelled for the right ascension, although that may be in the text. Still, for ease of reference (and those in the audience who don't speak the language ), I would add 'hours' or 'h' to the maps, possibly just once, next to zero if it makes it look cluttered.
Using a hand for scale is a very useful trick. What about giving the width of a finger as well for smaller guesstimates?
The only other thing I can think of is that the blobs in the constellations you've used for scale, Ursa Major and Crux with Hadar and Alpha Centauri, look a different size to what they are in the maps. It could just be my eyes, as it's the end of a long day. Oh, and I've just seen Velky Vuz (please excuse the lack of accents and twiddly bits) on the northern map. It's the only Czech word in there, and looks a bit out of place with everything else having latin names. What does it mean?
Happily our Sun is not a giant yet but a main sequence star. It is about 4.5 billion years old and will turn into a red giant in another 5 billion. Then it will blow its outer layers off into a beautiful, gaseous cloud and shrink to become a stable, long-lived white dwarf star.
Hasdrubal, the blobs don't show the size of the stars but their magnitude, or brightness, which is measured on an odd scale where brighter means a smaller number, extending into negative numbers. A full moon, for example, has a magnitude of -12.6.
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen" - Albert Einstein
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