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Interstellar Travel: 100,000 Stars

Users of Google Chrome can now explore the local universe with 100,000 Stars.

100,000 Stars is the latest in Google’s HTML 5 web experiments. Working in a similar vein to the Street View service, users control a mouse to navigate their way through a 3-D visualization of the galaxy, which illustrates and contextualizes the stars and planets in close proximity to Earth. In addition, the “Take A Tour” option provides further information on each star and planet.

Composer Sam Hulick has created a hauntingly beautiful and atmospheric soundtrack for the site, which adds to this extraordinary web and space travel experience.

“As you explore this experiment, we hope you share our wonder for how large the galaxy really is. It’s incredible to think that this mist of 100,000 measurable stars is a tiny fraction of the sextillions of stars in the broader universe,” explains Aaron Koblin, digital artist and Creative Director of the Data Arts Team at Google.

See our recent In The Air report, Another Terra, for more examples of design and technology projects that are inspired by, and shaping, the future of space exploration. – Samantha Fox

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