(Redirected from WikiSky) (or is a wiki and interactive sky map that covers over half a billion known celestial bodies.[1] WikiSky is designed, in part, as a wiki. As such users can edit information about different stars by writing articles, adding Internet links, uploading images, or creating a special interest group for a specific task.[2][3]
Type of site
Web mapping
Available inMultilingual
Current statusActive

The website, although still available for users to visit, has shown little activity since 2010.



Wikisky can represents the sky with several surveys, including GALEX, DSS, and SDSS. In either mode, the user can access the name and a brief description of visible space objects. This can be used to access more detailed information, including articles and different photo images. It also has its own API so that code can be written to access maps, objects’ information and SDSS data.

Wiki-Sky image copyrights


Some images from Wikisky, such as Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), are "non-commercial use".[4] The DSS data rights are held by multiple institutions.[5] Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) images are now in the public domain, although earlier data releases were for non-commercial use only.[6] Images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared), or GALEX space telescope (ultraviolet) are "PD-NASA-USgov".

See also



  1. ^ Muir, Hazel (2007-03-22). "WikiSky brings sky gazing to the (online) masses". New Scientist writer. Archived from the original on 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  2. ^ "Sky-Map Site To Show The Beauty Of The Universe To Everybody". Sky Nightly. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  3. ^ "Other Astronomy Image Services". SkyView. NASA. 2007-05-21. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  4. ^ "Copyright - DSS2 images". 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  5. ^ "The DSS datarights". Multimission Archive at STScI. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  6. ^ Michael L. Evans. "Image use policy". Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Retrieved 2010-05-06.