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Google's Data Arts team has released a new, experimental app for its Chrome web browser that offers users an interactive tour of our local stellar space. Dubbed "100,000 Stars", the app draws on scientific data to plot the true positions of thousands of nearby stars, allowing users to zoom, pan, and pivot amongst the heavens to …

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At last!

For many years I've been hoping for a 3-D star map, and finally here it is!

I have my towel, peanuts, and [see icon].

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Great

If you have a connection where you need it.

With all the light pollution in towns and cities which pretty much hides the stars from sight for a lot of people this is a great app.

Living in the country with just the odd street lamp here and there I just need to look up on a nice clear night.

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Re: At last!

I strongly recommend you try out Universe Sandbox, for some extra functionality.

Though this experiment is very good.

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Re: At last!

And good to see that just above the towel comments was a picture which had "Barnard's Star" at the centre of it.

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Looking up on a nice clear night is very pretty, I'll grant you that, but because you can't differentiate between those enormous distances all you get is a two-dimensional impression of the map. A fly-around 3-D map is a different experience altogether.

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very cool.

But does El Reg really think the Universe ends at the tip of the Milky Way?

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Shame it doesn't work completely on Chromebook..:(

ARM version anyway.

Fantastic app though!

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Missing planets

Can't seem to find Magrathea, or Trantor for that matter, even Arakis doesn't seem to be there, no Endor either.

pshhh. where are these guys getting their data from?

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Re: Missing planets

Wow, I got 4/4 references! So excited.

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Re: Missing planets

Try looking for Canopus if you're after Arrakis Dune.

Endor, as any fule no, is in a galaxy far, far away.

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Just remember to bring your towel ..

'Space... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is...' link

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Works fine for me in FireFox...

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Celestia...

Oh look, they've webified Celestia - http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

except for that bit of

a) working locally

b) having a much larger database

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But where ...

... is Lave? Zaonce?

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Re: But where ...

Well, if not here, there are only 7 other galaxies. Time to save up for that intergalactic hyperdrive. :)

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