100 000 Stars

What is 100,000 stars?

  • An interactive visualization of our galaxy:
  • Use 3D models to represent stars, planets and other celestial bodies
  • Map out their position
  • Allow users to zoom in and out to see the details
  • A Chrome experiment designed by Google Data Arts Team
  • Free to use

How does 100,000 stars work?

Requirement: The 100.000 stars runs with Google Chrome Browser that support WebGL, CSS3D and Web Audio

Interface: At the center the 3D model of galaxy, and stars will be displayed. On the righthand side, there’s a bar showing the scale. On the top of lefthand side, there’s a play button for introduction video. When user clicks on a star, information about that star will be displayed on the lefthand side.

Content: 100,000 maps the location of 119,617stars in the galaxy, and provide more detailed visualization for only 87 major named stars and the solar system.

How is it made?

The project was built with THREE.js and CSS3D.

Data about the galaxy and stars are collected from Astronexus.com database, European Southern Observatory, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA)

How could it be used?

Since 100,000 stars is not an official product, its use is relatively limited.

It can be used for educational purpose. Compared to separate pictures and photos, a 3D model can give the impression of position and size more directly, and thus make the astronomical information more available to the public.

But the project is of little scientific use, mainly because of its inaccuracy. The site itself warned that “scientific accuracy is not guaranteed. Please do not use this visualization for interstellar navigation.”The visualization of our galaxy was based on the image of another spiral galaxy NGC 1231, though manipulated to look like the Milky Way. Missing of astronomical community, such as Gliese 581, has been reported. So the project does not suit the requirement of research.

But it is hoped that as the astronomical exploration advances, the project could include more stars and become more precise. And consequently could serve as a map of universe.

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