3D Astrophysics Newsletter

2017_7_2_pomarede7.2 Today´s new entry:

Cosmography and Data Visualization

Daniel Pomarede, Helene M. Courtois, Yehuda Hoffman, R. Brent Tully

Abstract: Cosmography, the study and making of maps of the universe or cosmos, is a field where visual representation benefits from modern three-dimensional visualization techniques and media. At the extragalactic distance scales, visualization is contributing in understanding the complex structure of the local universe, in terms of spatial distribution and flows of galaxies and dark matter. In this paper, we report advances in the field of extragalactic cosmography obtained using the SDvision visualization software in the context of the Cosmicflows Project. Here, multiple visualization techniques are applied to a variety of data products: catalogs of galaxy positions and galaxy peculiar velocities, reconstructed velocity field, density field, gravitational potential field, velocity shear tensor viewed in terms of its eigenvalues and eigenvectors, envelope surfaces enclosing basins of attraction. These visualizations, implemented as high-resolution images, videos, and interactive viewers, have contributed to a number of studies: the cosmography of the local part of the universe, the nature of the Great Attractor, the discovery of the boundaries of our home supercluster of galaxies Laniakea, the mapping of the cosmic web, the study of attractors and repellers.

Journal or Name of Publication: PASP Special Focus Issue: Techniques and Methods for Astrophysical Data Visualization, in press
URL of preprint: https://arxiv.org/abs/1702.01941
Submitted by: Daniel Pomarede


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