Never mind visiting every star in our galaxy, we're still a long, long way from being able to take an intergalactic cruise across the Milky Way. Fortunately, there are things like this Chrome Experiment called 100,000 Stars.
Powered by music from Mass Effect's Sam Hulick, 100,000 Stars makes use of Google Chrome's support for Web technologies like WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio, as well as imagery and data from sources like NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a very cool visualization of the galaxy.
The whole experience is kind of humbling and more than a little awe-inspiring. Regardless of whether you opt for the guided tour (which comes with an awesome array of facts you can use on your friends) or decide to virtually explore the outer reaches of digitized space all on your own, there is a lot to see. 100,000 stars will allow you to zoom in and out through the galaxy, spin your stellar neighborhood around in circles, view artistic renditions of the stars closest to our sun, and read up about our cosmic neighbors as well.
But be forewarned: If you have any interest in space, chances are you're going to waste more than a few hours on 100,000 Stars.
Like this? You might also enjoy...
- Lonely planet is lonely, wanders the cosmos without a star to orbit
- Citizen astronomers discover alien planet around four suns
- It takes 9 billion pixels to capture 84 million stars in the Milky Way
This story, "Visit 100,000 stars in your browser with this Web app" was originally published by TechHive.