StarDate is an interactive snapshot of US history in the last 35 years created at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hack the Universe with Bridget Keyes, Will Liu, and Charlye Tran. The distance of each star from the sun is measured in light years. By calculating the distance in time, we have correlated events in history with the 100 closest stars to the sun. It’s like being in outerspace and receiving the latest edition of the New York Times and looking at history in the present.

We obtained stellar data from the Digital Universe and sourced our headlines from the New York Times API. Digital Visualizations were drawn using d3.js.

Education Challenge: We see light coming from stars that left (X) light years ago. In the same way, those stars RIGHT NOW will see light (including radio waves) that left Earth (X) light years ago. Cick on a star, and see what was happening on earth when that star light we see now left that star.

Project Contributors: Bridget Keyes Will Liu Charlye Tran

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