4 May

Map of the Week: 100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars, an interactive Google Chrome Experiment map created by Google Data Arts Team, visualizes nearby stars and planets in our stellar neighborhood. This map depicts over 100,000 stars which can be observed and explored through this experience.

Using an artist’s rendition, this map allows users to explore the Milky Way Galaxy and learn about passing stars.  Users can travel throughout the map to explore what stars astronomers discovered, named and their proximity to our home planet, Earth. This map demonstrates the density of each discovered star as well as their physical size as the user independently travels through the galaxy.  Users can travel to different star locations and view their proximity to our home star, the Sun.

By hovering over a star users can view their name and information about their conditions and measurement. For example, Castor is the second brightest star in the constellation Gemini. Castor is 48.9 light years away from Earth. HR 753 is a triple star system in the constellation of Cetus. It is located at an estimated 24 light years away from the Sun.

There is an option to ‘take a tour’ of the website. During your tour the interactive website will show you our Sun in relation to other stars and planets. The tour pauses every so often to share interesting facts such as, “it would take 18 years for a jet airplane to fly to the Sun.”


Uniquely Similar:

BBC Space Race: Take a ride on a rocket to travel through the different atmospheric levels while learning about important achievements and occurrences during points of your journey.  This experience is powered by iibstudio for BBC Future.

Google Sky: Powered by Google, this program allows the user to visit the universe above their heads.  Become a backyard astronomer and look at the appearance different stars and constellations through the click of a mouse.