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Need help with the Universe?

The Hayden Planetarium mainly serves its Digital Universe users via e-mail help lines. While we are not particularly staffed for this level of service, we do try to answer all requests that are sent and we enjoy hearing from you.

Guides and Tutorials

The Digital Universe Guide is the starting point and provides a beginner's guide to the Partiview software, as well as extensive informaiton about the various data sets.



Send us an email for questions and comments that you would like to send us directly.

Remain Up to Date

Use our RSS Feeds or e-mail list to remain current with the blog, forums, and atlas updates.

Partiview Software

Partiview is an interactive data visualization tool written by Stuart Levy at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This software package enables static and animated data visualization in 3-D and can display 2-D images and 3-D polygonal models as well. We distribute it in the free, downloadable version of Digital Universe to visualize the atlas. Learn more about Partiview:

Official Partiview Website (at U Illinois)

Google Groups Discussion