100,000 Stars gives users a chance to explore through the stellar neighborhood in one beautiful and interactive site.
I am utterly blown away by this. According to the 100,000 Stars website:
100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view is an artist’s rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.
Users are able to scroll, zoom, and navigate around the stellar neighborhood along with the ability to take a tour that explains things like the scale of our planets in relation to the stars, which ones scientists have explored, and the color-coding that relates to heat generation.
They have pulled data from Wikipedia, NASA, the European Space Agency, Astronomy Nexus and more.
In addition to it being beautiful, the music is by the same guy who brought us the incredible soundtrack of the Mass Effect video games.
Whether you’re a space nerd or just someone needing a break during Saturday overtime at the office, visit 100,000 Stars and do a little bit of space exploration of your own. It’s education and cathartic.