Publication Date

April 2019

Advisor(s)

Roy Kilgard

Major

Astronomy

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

The visualizations presented in this thesis show a culmination of my efforts to categorize the available data in a useful way as well as present these data in a visual medium. I include all of the galaxy and quasar data available in DR15. Galaxies have been divided into eighteen different categories in order to provide a detailed visualization of the SDSS data. This visualization was developed using a modified version of Blender, Astroblend. Astroblend, developed by Naiman (2016), improves upon the cosmological visualization capabilities of Blender. In the following chapters, I will discuss the methods used to categorize galaxies, the methods through which DR15 was searched, and how the data were processed. I will also describe the process of using Astroblend to visualize cosmological data.

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