(Redirected from WikiSky) (or is a wiki and interactive sky map that covers more than half a billion celestial objects. Users can view the whole star sky at once and zoom in to view areas in greater detail. WikiSky includes many stars, galaxies, constellations, and planets, but it is still in development. Users can also edit information about different stars by writing articles, adding Internet links, uploading images, or create a special interest group for a specific task. The website, although still available for users to visit, has not shown much activity since 2010.[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Type of site
Web mapping
Available inMultilingual
Current statusActive


Users may browse the sky in several surveys, including GALEX, DSS, and SDSS. In either mode, the user can access the name and a brief description of visible objects. This can be used to access more detailed information, including articles and different photo images. also has its own API so that code can be written to access maps, objects’ information and SDSS data. The API that has more functionality than the interactive part of the website currently uses.[7]

Wikisky image copyrightsEdit

Some images from Wikisky, such as Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2) are "non-commercial use".[8] The DSS datarights are held by multiple institutions.[9] Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) images are now public domain, although earlier data releases were for non-commercial use only.[10] Images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Spitzer Space Telescope (infrared) or GALEX space telescope (ultraviolet) are "PD-NASA-USgov".

Similar mapsEdit

  • WorldWide Telescope – Set of open-source services
  • Stellarium – Open-source planetarium
  • Google Sky – 3D globe-based map program owned by Google


  1. ^ Veh, Andreas (2009-01-01). "Sky Monthly". Kenai Peninsula College - University of Alaska Anchorage. Retrieved 2022-08-22. You can get free sky maps at by clicking on Download Now each month's Sky Calendar. And if it really is too cold, check out the similar in name web site
  2. ^ Muir, Hazel (2007-03-22). "WikiSky brings sky gazing to the (online) masses". New Scientist writer. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  3. ^ "Sky-Map Site To Show The Beauty Of The Universe To Everybody". Sky Nightly. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  4. ^ "Other Astronomy Image Services". SkyView. NASA. 2007-05-21. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  5. ^ "The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Mapping the Universe". Sloan Digital Sky Survey. 2007-05-21.
  6. ^ "Sloan Digital Sky Survey imagery in WikiSky". WikiSky. 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2022-08-22.
  7. ^ " SKY-MAP.ORG - Interactive Sky Map". Give Away Of The Day. 2022-07-22. Retrieved 2022-08-22. visit the most interesting My SKY MAP pages, well-liked by users from USA, or check the rest of data below. is a web project, safe and generally suitable for all ages. We found that English is the preferred language on My SKY MAP pages. Their most used social media is StumbleUpon with about 89% of all user votes and reposts. SKY-MAP.ORG - API.
  8. ^ "Copyright - DSS2 images". 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on September 9, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  9. ^ "The DSS datarights". Multimission Archive at STScI. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  10. ^ Michael L. Evans. "Image use policy". Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Retrieved 2010-05-06.

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