Friday, July 26, 2013

To infinity ... and beyond!

The WebGL Moon Demo uses a texture map from data collected by the Clementine spacecraft to create an amazing photo-realistic 3d map of the moon.

The demo was created by Cory Gross using WebGL with the Three.JS JavaScript library. There are more details about how this demo was created on Cory's blog.

100,000 Stars is an stunning interactive visualization of over 100,000 of our nearest stars.

The map actually shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. You can pan the map using your mouse and zoom in and out using your touchpad or mouse wheel. Click a star’s name on the map to learn more about it.

The Asterank 3d Asteroid Orbit Space Simulation is an amazing WebGL application that shows a view of our solar system with over 580,000 asteroids mapped. It is possible to rotate, zoom and pan the simulation. It is also possible to refine the asteroids shown by most valuable and most accessible (just in case you have any asteroid mining plans).

PlanetMaker is a great application that allows you to create and tweak your own planet using image textures and lighting. It is great fun being able to add Saturn's rings to Earth or adding clouds to Mars. 

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