We always see stars from a single perspective: we watch them far away from earth. For thousands of years, we only see them as dots on the inner surface of the celestial sphere. This single perspective has prevailed our culture for so long that even today, the horoscope is still widely trusted. However, in reality, these stars sit in three-dimensional space, even stars in the same constellation are widely separated from each other. 

This project is a three-dimensional map of the zodiac that provides a different perspective of seeing the stars – a perspective from outside the earth. Each star is placed on the map with their coordinates, in relation to earth and its equatorial plane. 

Virgo in 3D       More


The map is developed by processing multiple databases, including Yale Bright Star Catalog and HYG database. Each constellation is mapped in Processing with iGeo, and connected in Rhino3D.