Asteroid database

Posted to Data Sources  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Asterank is an asteroid database maintained by Ian Webster, an engineer at Google. It contains information for over 600,000 asteroids.

Scientists know very little about the composition of asteroids. Most data used in our calculations come from the JPL’s Small Body Database and the Minor Planet Center. The overwhelming majority of asteroids have no spectral classification and are missing other important data attributes. Without full information it is impossible to fully estimate the true value of an asteroid or the cost of mining it.

Asterank applies accurate, up-to-date information from world markets and scientific papers. To ensure realistic estimates, data from meteorities on Earth and known reference asteroids heavily influence our calculations.

Favorites

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011

I almost didn’t make a best-of list this year, but as I clicked through the year’s post, it was hard …

How to Spot Visualization Lies

Many charts don’t tell the truth. This is a simple guide to spotting them.