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Google Gives Their Maps Treatment To The Milky Way

Google Gives Their Maps Treatment To The Milky Way
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Web browser partners with NASA and European Space Agency to create an interactive site that allows users to gain insider views of our galaxy.

Zachary Kraemer
  • 19 november 2012

Most of us are familiar with Google due to the fact we use their highly popular search engine or web browser. However, a vast majority of us don’t likely realize the many other ventures Google has embarked upon in the vastly changing and developing realm of technology. In their latest endeavor, Google has partnered with NASA and the European Space Agency in an attempt to plot a great portion of the 200 billion stars that reside in the Milky Way galaxy.

The end result was a project Google has named 100,000 Stars. Headed by Google Chrome’s web browser team, this visually captivating interactive website allows users to gain insight into some of the many stars which are located throughout the galaxy. Visitors can learn facts about an individual star, or watch a brief but enlightening video that gives a brief tour of the galaxy. The site can only be viewed on Chrome, due to the fact the project employs some newer technologies which are exclusive to Google’s web browser, including; CSS3D, WebGL, and Web Audio.

As an added side note, composer Sam Hulick, known for his futuristic stylings in the video game series Mass Effect, generously provided music for the project.

100,000 Stars 

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