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Use Stellarium. You can set your location and date as needed and simulate all the conditions (ignoring weather...) :) http://www.stellarium.org/


There are of course books about adaptive optics. For instance: Tyson, R. Principles of Adaptive Optics, (2010).


Perhaps you are looking for the backup function File -> Backup... and to restore the settings File->Restore...


As other people said, what you see in that picture is a mosaic of images, centered in our Galaxy, produced with WISE observations in infrared light. Astronomers have used a projection method, called Aitoff, to project the spherical sky into a 2-dimensional map. For a more detailed explanation of the image, please follow this link: ...

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