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Monday, 19 November 2012

Exploring the universe through a click

Every week physicists and scientists discover something new about the universe, only last week they just discovered a new planet that has no sun. The universe is so big and mysterious that it’s still impossible for humans discover everything about it.
Well, what if it could be possible to travel around galaxy only with simply a click?

On November 15, Google launched a new Chrome Experiment called "100,000 Stars" which visualizes the stellar neighbourhood. Actually you are immersed in the galaxy, with fabulous graphics and mystical sounds – the site uses WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio and music is provided by Sam Hulick. Using the mouse, it is possible to zoom in and out to explore the Oort cloud, the planetary orbits, the Milky Way, stars and finally the Sun. Moreover it is an educational experience and you can discover details such as each star or planet’s name, distance, location and other information.

Of course, we have to keep in mind that this is only artist’s rendition, but it could help humans to remember how small they are in relation to the rest of universe. Moreover it could be a useful teaching tool to make children more interested in this topic, that is not always easy to approach.

Are you ready to start your voyage through our galaxy?

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