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(Chrome Experiments)   Enjoy this mind blowing visual representation of the nearest 100,000 stars   ( divider line
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8537 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Nov 2012 at 7:19 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-18 01:58:18 AM  
Oh wow, it's the Total Perception Vortex.

/so not obscure
2012-11-18 02:31:39 AM  
WorldCitizen I wish we could put a live feed camera looking back at Earth from a good distance...close enough to see the big features (like continents) but far enough out to realize how small it is. Maybe Moon distance? Then every time someone starts getting all nationalistic and tribal I wish we could make them just stare at the live feed for about 5 minutes to remind them how small minded they are being.

I'd settle for dedicated feed from ISS (when lucky I get to drift-off to sleep watching what appears to be a perfectly peaceful planet from ~350km), only happens when crew is off-duty and signal is being picked up at ground stations:

Apparently an improved, real-time, pay, option (of sorts) is in the works: gle-earth-glorious-hd/
If NASA would contract for that feed, institute a `NASA-2' `earth-view' channel, for cable/sat, I'd pay for the service `Gaiaquarium 1.0'. A sat. `eye' out at L2 would be much better.

NASA's realtime JTrack of nearly all sats, living & dead, is an excellent way to visualize the low-orbit Sargasso:

/Schimpf's Cybersky 3.0.2 (1999) can still be run down (on web) and, with grid-lines turned on and time animation engaged, is useful to get kids to develop a `visual' appreciation of `tilt'/ecliptic/etc. for free
//Sloan data to give them the `range':
2012-11-18 02:59:32 AM  

buckler: Zombie DJ: I can't find the star I named my girlfriend after.
That star registry must not have it up yet.

Your girlfriend didn't already have a name?

Nope. I found it. It's called A Canadian Chick None of Us Have Ever Met Epsilon. Right between Ceti Alpha and Omicron Perseii.
2012-11-18 03:26:59 AM  
I know my computer is getting really old but that brought it to its knees.
2012-11-18 07:27:35 AM  
Ok, what the hell, Google? I purchased a star and named it after myself and you don't have it up there. That's low.
2012-11-18 07:35:44 AM  

Hand Banana: I know my computer is getting really old but that brought it to its knees.

Some people spend hours surfing the Internet for that kind of experience.
2012-11-18 09:19:43 AM  
That made my Sunday morning.
2012-11-18 09:48:00 AM  

Kittypie070: And for those who refuse to use Chrome, I present this:

100,000 Stars on YouTube

Thanks, Kitteh
2012-11-18 10:02:31 AM  
zooming in far enough it reminds me of the star map from Frontier Elite II.
Now planning a trip from Barnard's Star to Fomalhaut.

/new Elite game is on Kickstarter!!
2012-11-18 10:14:24 AM  

kazikian: Oh wow, it's the Total Perception Perspective Vortex.

2012-11-18 11:14:11 AM

/also: Farking Awesome
2012-11-18 11:16:07 AM  

BumpInTheNight: Kittypie070: Yo, Bump, what the frak monitor you got, a bigscreen TV!?

Those can only do 1920x1080 :P I got three monitors that each do 1920x1080 and set 'em up in (nvidia) surround mode, AMD's offerings can do the same too. Gaming with that is ridiculous. :)

bbiab, need to change my pants
2012-11-18 12:13:52 PM  

GAT_00: WorldCitizen: GAT_00: This is really cool, but some well known local stars are missing. For instance, I can't find 40 Eridani.


Dude, it's a map of local space. It better farking have Vulcan on it.

Vulcan has been placed around 3 different stars through the course of Star Trek -
Originally Alnitak, then 40 Eridani, and in the most recent movie it was apparently around Vega (since old Spock observed its destruction from planet Delta Vega.)
2012-11-18 01:33:35 PM  

Crazy Lee: NASA's realtime JTrack of nearly all sats, living & dead, is an excellent way to visualize the low-orbit Sargasso:

A friend of mine coded that application back in 1998 or so. He also did a video for the NASA brass that showed various satellite constellation and orbital clusters set to "Mars" in Holst's The Planets.
2012-11-19 02:55:17 AM  
this shows us to be towards the "center ring" in the milky way... half way between the inner and outer extremes. This goes against what I have been taught, that we are on the outer edge of a spiral arm. So which is it?

So what is it? are we half-way out, or 3/4th of the way out? OR ARE WE LOST IN SPACE?
2012-11-19 11:56:23 AM  
We're in that cloud of stars right over there.
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