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    Default Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map



    For a bit of fun, I had a go at taking the stars nearest to the Solar System and putting them into a map parodying London's Tube Map:

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    The network that links all the stars up is not totally arbitrary. It is a minimum spanning tree on the nearest stars - the network that links up all the stars with the smallest total distance. This means that stars which are one stop away from each other tend to be close to each other in real life. The division of the network into different 'lines' is arbitrary, but I tried to name the lines roughly after the constellations they visit.

    Let me know what you think, and if there's any way this could be improved. I'd be keen on expanding this with more nearby stars which are further away - or potentially doing a map of galaxies near to the Milky Way. Also let me know if you see any errors!

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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Nice work! I was not aware of classes D,L,T and Y for stars that are not on the Main Sequence, I had to look them up, so I have learned something!

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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Very good Ali.
    It's a great way to get folks looking

    It got me looking
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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Nice visual! It would be fun to add star size as well (i.e. giant, dwarf, etc.)

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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Quote Originally Posted by Ali.Carr View Post
    For a bit of fun, I had a go at taking the stars nearest to the Solar System and putting them into a map parodying London's Tube Map:
    People don't really appreciate what a quantum leap the first topographical tube map was when released back in 1931.

    Loved your diagram by the way
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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Very nice, but how do I get to Heathrow?
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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    It would be fun to add star size as well (i.e. giant, dwarf, etc.)
    Absolutely! I took the data for this first map from Wikipedia, but for future maps I'll use Simbad query, which will make it easier to have information like this on the map.

    Quote Originally Posted by MG1692 View Post
    People don't really appreciate what a quantum leap the first topographical tube map was when released back in 1931.
    Absolutely! I'd always been intrigued to see what it would look like with stars, because the objects you're working with are in three dimensions but you have to map them onto a two-dimensional space.


    I'm thinking about changing tack a little for the next map - instead of looking at all the stars within a given radius of the Solar System, I'm thinking of doing all the stars that have names (e.g. the 170 or so with IAU-approved names). This might look more engaging (especially to non-astronomers) than having a map with tons of Glieses, Wolfs and strings of numbers.
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    Default Re: Nearby stars in the style of London's Tube Map

    Awesome! Be sure to mind the gaps.

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