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A virtual map of 100,000 stars


Daniel Martins, staff writer
November 18, 2012 — Graphic artists at Google's Chrome Experiments bring the galaxy -- or, at least, a small fraction of it -- to your computer screen.


The experiment allows you to view information on 87 named stars in the earth's neighbourhood.
The experiment allows you to view information on 87 named stars in the earth's neighbourhood.

First it was Google Earth, then it was Google Mars and now ... Google Galaxy?

Not quite, but close enough: Graphic artists at Google's Chrome Experiments have put together a rough, but pretty, map of our part of the Milky Way.

Dubbed "100,000 Stars" by developers, the project takes imagery and data from NASA, the European Space Agency and other sources to create a zoomable, clickable map.

"As you explore this experiment, we hope you share our wonder for how large the galaxy really is," Aaron Koblin writes on Google Chrome's blog. 

"It's incredible to think that this mist of 100,000 measurable stars is but a tiny fraction of the sextillions of stars in the broader universe."

From a maximum zoom showing an artist's rendition of the entire galaxy, all the way down to a close-up of our own sun, the program shows the real locations of more than 100,000 stars in Earth's local neighbourhood - Just a small part of the 200 to 400 billion stars that make up the Milky Way.

You can click on a virtual tour button, or zoom in yourself and click on 87 major named stars for more information.

Video game fans are in for a treat as well: The background music is provided by Sam Hulick, a composer for the best-selling Mass Effect series.

Google Chrome's blog reports the experiment uses WebGL, CSS3D and Web Audio.

Check out "100,000 Stars" here.

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