Google Experiments with 100,000 Stars

Using galaxy images, star renderings and sun images from Wikipedia, NASA and other sources, Google has created an "interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood."

by / November 20, 2012

 

Using galaxy images, star renderings and sun images from Wikipedia, NASA and other sources, Google has created its 100,000 Stars experiment -- an "interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood" -- for its Chrome browser, according to Google.

Zooming in as far as possible takes users to the sun, shown above, which is almost perfectly spherical and consists of hot plasma interwoven with magnetic fields, according to Wikipedia. 

Though the company warns that the scientific accuracy is not guaranteed, the experiment shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars, and users can zoom in on 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view, shown below, is an artist's rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.

Don't have Chrome but want to see what you're missing? See a preview below:

 

Jessica Mulholland Former Web Editor/Photographer

Jessica Mulholland served as the Web editor of Government Technology magazine from October 2012 through September 2017. She worked for the Government Technology editorial team for nearly 10 years.