Resource of the week: Multilingual Universe from “Mitaka”

More about Mitaka

Various astronomy data are contained in Mitaka: orbits for 20 thousand asteroids; stellar positions based on the Hipparcos and Tycho Catalogues; and galaxies based on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). It also actively incorporates the latest data, such as the surface textures of Pluto and Charon obtained by NASA’s New Horizons probe. Users can fly out from the Earth, traveling to the edge of the known Universe.

Mitaka is free of charge on the project website.

The resource of this week is "Mitaka", a free downloadable software program which enable users to visualize the Universe based on real astronomic data in their own native language.

Mitaka is a resource developed by The four-Dimensional digital Universe (4D2U) Project of the National Astornomical Observatoru of Japan (NAOJ) and in its last version, ver 1.3., it has become multilingual: besides Japanese and English, Mitaka is now available in different languages, which are defined by several external files and users can modify the files to change the language to any one they would like, not only languages using the Latin alphabet, but also including other character sets defined in Unicode, such as Brahmic, Chinese, Cyrillic, and Hangeul.

For more information, visit the website.

Saturn seen in Mitaka (Thai labels)

The Milky Way Galaxy (English labels)