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Solar System Wikipedia Atlas Webmap (FULL Edition)

Solar System Wikipedia Atlas Webmap (FULL Edition)

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Solar System Wikipedia Atlas Webmap (FULL Edition) map showing the bodies and zones that make up our Solar System in the correct relative position to each other with distances shown in astronomical units (au). With nearly 700 branches hyperlinked to the relevant article on Wikipedia, this map serves as a great "starter for 10" research map that enables faster information discovery / retrieval, as well as the "big picture", pseudo- geographic, knowledge framework for users to add their newly discovered information to using MindManagers awsome information mapping features!

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Solar System Wikipedia Atlas Webmap (FULL Edition)

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Embedded HTML Map
Browse all 2545 topics in the HTML5 version of the map below.


Note - 'Click and drag' or use scrollbars to pan around the map and the slider/buttons in the bottom right to zoom in/out, auto zoom to fit the whole map into the frame in its curently expanded state, focus and completely expand a selected topic, center the map on a selected topic, and search the map for a specified text string. Hyperlinks will open in a new browser tab.  Help button opens up MindManager online help page on working with HTML5 maps in a new browser tab.
The HTML map export feature in MindManager 2017 is still not fully developed, so some HTML5 maps may differ slightly from the original MindManager (.mmap) file. Also HTML5 maps are not supported on all platforms in all browsers.

 

Long Description 
Webmap with links to the relevant articles on Wikipedia. The principal planetary bodies and regions are sub-branches in a tree structure off a main branch for the Sun. Sub-branches in standard "right map" structure show:-

  • Natural Satellites (Moons) with orbital distances in km's from the parent body) 
  • Associated Minor Planets (or Significant Bodies if a region) 
  • Planetary Ring Structures (if present) 

The orbital distances from the Sun (perihelion and aphelion), of all objects are given in Astronomical Units (AU) for reference if they are quoted in Wikipedia. Images have been added for reference if available. 

 

Background Notes 
1. All distances quoted on the atlas have been taken from the relevant Wikipedia article to enable the user to have some sense of where objects are located in space with respect to each other. For many objects however there are significant margins of error in measuring their orbits (along with many other properties) and values may change in future as further research is undertaken. 

2. The advent of automated astronomy and the improvement in technology such that bodies as small as 1 km in size can be detected, means that the rate of discovery of new objects in the Solar System now far outstrips the capacity for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to formally name them and for Wikipedia to create pages for each of them. For example the Wikipedia Index List of Numbered Minor Planets only goes up to 210,000, whilst the IAU Discovery Catalogue of all Minor Planets is up to 363,009 objects at time of writing (June 2013). The vast majority of these objects are of no great individual significance so it is unlikely that Wikipedia will catch up anytime soon. Thus this atlas is never going to be a list of all bodies in the Solar System, but if users follow the links given they can at least be pointed in the right direction of where the "definitive lists" reside. 

 

Update Regime
This map will be checked and reviewed annually. Users are welcome to request we update it sooner if there are serious errors and ommissions or significant new discoveries have been made.
 


Specific Purpose
The main purpose of this map is 4-fold:-

  • Semi-Geographic Map - Bodies are in the correct position relative to each other and distances are given where known, so this becomes a sort of geographical map. Everything has to go somewhere right? So why not put them in the order that they naturally occur rather something arbitrary like alpohabetical order?
  • Definitive Index List - Well as close as we can get it. As mentioned in the notes above the rate of discovery of new objects in the Solar System now far outstrips the capacity for the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to formally name them and for Wikipedia to create pages for each of them so this map will always be playing catch-up!
  • Research Tool - Unlike our "proper Research Maps", the branches in this template map are only linked to one information source so it remains to be seen how Wikipedia is regarded by experts as a "definitive" information source about the Solar System. We may bring out a proper Solar System Research Atlasat some point in the future if there is a demand.
  • Public Education Resource - Non-expert users can discover further information about the planets and other bodies and phenomena that make up this big old beautiful Solar System of ours and perhaps make a connection that they wouldn't otherwise have done.

NOTE: WE WOULD ALWAYS RECOMMEND USERS WORK ON A DUPLICATE COPY OF THE MAP SO THEY WILL STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL AS A STARTING POINT FOR SUBSEQUENT RESEARCH PROJECTS.


Specific Tips For Use
1. No specific tips as yet, but please let us know how you are using it.

See the About Our Maps section for general hints & tips for working with our maps.

 

Publication Date(s): April 2016 (latest); August 2013
Language: English (UK)
Nationality: n/a
Geographic Level: Cosmic
Time Base: n/a
Originally Created Using: Mindjet MindManager 12
Structure: Right Tree map
Map Theme: Cosmic
Number of Topics: 775
Number of Hyperlinks: 696
Approximate File Size: 2.4 MB (.mmap); 14.7 MB (.pdf)
Information Sources: Wikipedia; NASA
SKU KM-14-FG-M-2
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