The birthday for someone, the graduation day for someone else. The day of your first kiss, or your first day of employment, or maybe the day of your last cigarette. Our lives are punctuated by memorable moments. But how was then the sky right above your head?
“Personal Space” is there to answer the question. It is a free web-based application developed within the GLORIA project by a team of astronomers lead by Robert Simpson (University of Oxford) and Lorraine Hanlon (University College Dublin), and an artist, Emer O Boyle (University College Dublin). Personal Space turns the celestial sphere into a huge, boundless social network. Establishing direct and personal connections to the universe by linking significant events in your own life with what was above you in the sky at that moment. And with people all around the world who shared that portion of the sky with us.
„I am an astronomer, I have lots of reasons for looking at different bits of the sky. But what is the bit of the sky that is most obvious for people to look at? I am told by non-astronomer friends that you want to look directly up», said Robert Simpson. «So what is directly above my head right now? That is the idea behind Personal Space».