After 10 Years, Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe


WASHINGTON, D.C.- Yesterday, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys – a region that’s generally obscured by dust. Karen Masters (University of Portsmouth, UK) presented the new map yesterday in a press conference at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. “The 2MASS Redshift Survey is a wonderfully complete new look at the local universe – particularly near the Galactic plane,” Masters said. “We’re also honoring the legacy of the late John Huchra, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who was a guiding force behind this and earlier galaxy redshift surveys.&#