"I liken the Digital Universe to the invention of the globe," says Curator Ben R. Oppenheimer, an astrophysicist at the museum. "When Mercator invented the globe, everyone wanted one. He had back-orders for years. It gave everyone a new perspective on where they live in relation to others, and we hope that the Digital Universe does the same on a grander, cosmic scale."

More info on the AMNH website. Via Kottke.