Travel the stellar neighbourhood

Google have created an interactive 3D star map that beautifully visualises the location of 100,000 stars in our galaxy…

Google have created an interactive 3D star map that beautifully visualises the location of 100,000 stars in our galaxy.

In another Chrome experiment, Google have taken star data from various sources including the European Space Agency, the Department of Astronomy at Yale, and Astronomy Nexus to create an interactive visualisation of the stars of our galaxy. The map shows 100,000 stars in total, with detailed information on 87 different identified stars, such as Aldebaran and Gamma Leonis, shown below.

The 3D map includes the option to pan, zoom and scroll through the different stars, as well as an automated tour that guides you through the galaxy, with some important space faces along the way. The map is mind-bogglingly detailed, using real life star renderings and images of the sun courtesy of NASA.

Google, however, emphasise that accuracy is not guaranteed, and warn that their map shouldn’t be used for “interstellar navigation”.

Google recently released another Google Experiment in the form of Jam with Chrome, which allows friends to play music together online using an array of instruments including various guitars, drums, and even a techno drum machine.

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