Google 100,000 Stars

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As demonstrated  at the CAS Xmas 2013 meeting, 100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of our stellar neighbourhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the real location of over 100,000 nearby stars in 3D.

http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/

Using this 3D map is a bit like using Google Maps.  Zooming in reveals the major named stars and our solar system, with associated details.

Note: This does work (slower, with some colour issues etc.) in some other browsers, like Internet Explorer , but you really you need Google Chrome to run this visualisation at its best.

Interesting information on how it was built is at:
http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/casestudies/100000stars/

One Reply to “Google 100,000 Stars”

  1. Although I always use Chrome, its a pity it doesn’t run on my Linux machine, as apparently my graphics card doesn’t support WebGL. It does run on my laptop though, which is a much slower machine, but it seems to be OK.

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