For two years I’ve been working on a collection of ten maps of planets, moons, and outer space. To name a few, I’ve made an animated map of the seasons on Earth, a map of Mars geology, and a map of everything in the solar system bigger than 10km. I call it my Atlas of Space.
Last summer I began sharing each map, along with the open-source Python code and detailed tutorials for re-creating the design. All of the astronomy data comes from publicly available sources like NASA, USGS, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU), so I thought this would be the perfect project for writing design tutorials (which I’ve been meaning to do for a while).
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