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Creating A Stunning 3-D Map of the Universe

going back 11 billion years

Nearly 500 scientists from 13 countries have come together in an ambitious new effort to map… well, pretty much everything.

As part of a $70 million program funded mostly by the U.S. Department of Energy, the scientists have converted an old telescope in Arizona into a high-tech new sensor that can detect light from stars as far as 11 billion light years away.

The objects, as they appear on Earth, are as old as 11 billion years and offer a tantalizing glimpse into the early eons of our roughly 14-billion-year-old universe.

The data from the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument telescope, situated at Kitt Peak National Observatory around 50 miles southwest of Tucson, could help scientists to build a 3-D map of no fewer than 35 million galaxies comprising around half of the observable universe.

“We will be making a 3D map of the universe going back 11 billion years,” Michael Levi, DESI project director, told The Daily Beast.

The whole point of this epic feat of stellar cartography is to try to understand why the universe keeps expanding as quickly as it appears to be doing. The answer to that question could upend our conception of how the universe works.

“The 3-D map will be so precise that we will be able to see the details of the expansion history,” Levi explained. “Cosmologists once though that the universe might collapse in on itself, but an unseen energy is driving the universe apart at an accelerating rate. We should be able to see this phenomenon when it turned on in the early history.”

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How to create a 3-D map

3-d map your ideas

The 3D Map Generators are Photoshop plugins that makes it possible to generate 3D maps very fast and dead easy. The result is really professional but doesn’t require any advanced Photoshop knowledge.


As a basis there can be used every vector shape, text, pixel or smart object. For the new 3D Map Generator – Terrain can be used every grayscale height map! The generated maps are ready to be designed individually and can be edited at any time.

Afterwards you can add lawn (grass), sand, snow, desert, text, symbols, 2D maps (e.g. Google maps) or an individual texture to the surface of the map. You can draw in streets, routes, lakes, rivers and other kind of waters. With the 3D Map Generator GEO it’s even possible to generate real heights and depths on the surface to picture mountains, valleys and other topographic elevations and depressions.

Color and structure of the maps side surface can be changed and edited easily. It’s possible to define lights and shadows and to edit them whenever it’s needed. The maps have no limit in size and height and can be printed without any problems.

There are different textures, presets and brushes available to design your map, additionally to the tons of icons and elements that are matched perfectly to the 3D map. The generated maps as well as the additional icons have an isometric orientation. Because of this fact it’s no problem to use icons made by yourself or purchased from other providers.

examples of use

You can use the 3D maps for location plans, infographics, presentations, mobile games, map reproductions, weather maps, descriptions of hotel resorts, sport and recreational facility, construction and traffic planning and much more.

system requirements

The 3D Map Generator plugins are independent from language versions and compatible with Photoshop installations as well on Mac as on PC. The 3D Map Generator 2 can also be used as an action set from Photoshop CS4 upwards. The 3D Map Generator 2 plugin as available from Photoshop CS6 and higher respectively with all features and together with the 3D Map Generator GEO from CC 2014.


All basic descriptions of functions and installations are available as PDF guides and video tutorials. Of course we will help you as well with personal support. Please note that it is important to send the request from our shop site on Envato.


As the pioneers of the 3D Map Generator we guarantee best products. The described functions and the Photoshop and systems compatibilities are tested several times and affirmed by consistently positive customers feedback (4,9/5 stars). We offer every product update for free.

3-D Map Generator

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