Orion constellation project

Hi! This is my code for the Orion constellation project from the Data Visualization Path.

%matplotlib notebook
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
from matplotlib import colors as mcolors
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D

Orion

x = [-0.41, 0.57, 0.07, 0.00, -0.29, -0.32,-0.50,-0.23, -0.23]
y = [4.12, 7.71, 2.36, 9.10, 13.35, 8.13, 7.19, 13.25,13.43]
z = [2.06, 0.84, 1.56, 2.07, 2.36, 1.72, 0.66, 1.25,1.38]

#2D plot

fig = plt.figure(figsize=(10,8))
ax = fig.add_subplot(1,1,1)
plt.scatter(x,y, color = “white”, marker="*")
plt.title(“Orion constellation”)
plt.xlabel(“Coordinate x”)
plt.ylabel(“Coordinate y”)
ax.set_facecolor(‘xkcd:dark blue’)
plt.show()

#3D plot

fig_3D = plt.figure(figsize = (10,8))
constellation3d = fig_3D.add_subplot(1,1,1, projection = “3d”)
constellation3d.scatter(x,y,z, color = “white”, marker="*", s=100)
plt.title(“Orion constellation”)
plt.xlabel(“Coordinate x”)
plt.ylabel(“Coordinate y”)
constellation3d.set_zlabel(‘Coordinate z’)
plt.gca().patch.set_facecolor(‘white’)
constellation3d.xaxis.set_pane_color((0.0, 0.011764705882352941, 0.3568627450980392, 1.0))
constellation3d.yaxis.set_pane_color((0.0, 0.011764705882352941, 0.3568627450980392, 1.0))
constellation3d.zaxis.set_pane_color((0.0, 0.011764705882352941, 0.3568627450980392, 1.0))
constellation3d.grid(False)
plt.show()
plt.savefig(“constellation_3D.png”)

Congrats on finishing up and well done for trying to alter some of the additional parameters. I do feel the 3D plot has lost some of it’s illusion of depth though. It’s worth considering whether removing grid lines is helpful to your viewer and perhaps consider altering marker size instead of transparency or something along those lines to accentuate rather than hide that 3D effect. It’s up to you whether you want to but do take a close look at that 2nd image.