SDSS-III cleaner version has been released

We’ve done some cleaning on new SDSS-III survey. New version is now available online. Basically we lowered priorities on drawing “dirty” SDSS frames on main survey, leaving cleaner frames on top. Though all SDSS frames are still available from list of images on starview pages. There still few minor spots left to clean. Next major [...]

New SDSS-III sky survey is now available on WikiSky

We have added sky images from latest data release of Sloan Digital Sky Survey – SDSS-III DR8 The release contains all of the imaging data taken by the SDSS imaging camera, now covering 1/3 of the whole sky (over 14,000 square degrees out of 41,253 square degrees of whole sky) In addition all existing images [...]

update on AstroOverlay and other stuff

Recently we did cleanup and performance optimization on out new Astronomical Image Overlay interface. It is ready now for significant traffic hits. By the way, about traffic: Last Friday our servers have been flooded by “bored visitors” , I mean visitors from web site. I must admit – there is a lot of “bored” [...]


Last night we put new build on all our online servers. It includes mostly bug fixes and performance optimizations. There was significant change in JavaScript packaging. We tested all the changes, but our QA team abilities are quite limited. So please let us know if you find any bugs. Thanks. ____________

Version 2 Window API

I mentioned already about SkyWindow API. Here’s a newer version. SkyWindow2 API: var options= {ra:10.74187, de:-59.66, initZoom:12, zoom:12, survey:”", imgSource:”IMG_all”, allowTopPanel:true, showTopPanel:true, showRightPanel:false, allowMove:true, allowZoom:true, showPanZoomControl:true, panZoomControlLeft:6, panZoomControlTop:10, showScale:true, showStatus:false, showPosition:true, showStickers:true, showLabels:true, jpegQuality:0.8, showGrid:true, showOverlayGrid:false, showConstLines:true, showOverlayConstLines:false, showConstBoundaries:true, showOverlayConstBoundaries:false, showConstNames:false, showOverlayConstNames:false, showGalaxies:true, showOverlayGalaxies:false, showStars:true, showOverlayStars:false, buffer:1, moveTime:2000, smoothMoveAccelerationTime:500, posColor:”yellow”,posFontSize:”8pt”,posFontWeight:”normal”,posFontFamily:”verdana”, scaleMaxLen:90, scaleHeight:6, scaleColor:”yellow”, scaleLineWidth:1 }; [...]

WikiSky on Facebook

I have created group on the Facebook for our users and contributors. If you’ve got a Facebook account – feel free to join our fans club at ____________

0-zoom images updated

We have updated images at top zoom level (0). We already had 0-zoom images for IRAS, H-Alpha, astrophoto and SKY-MAP surveys. New images include DSS2, SDSS, RASS3 and GALEX surveys. Also astrophoto updated with latest images. The top level images represent whole sky in aitoff projection with center in R.A.=12h, Dec.=0° ____________