Friday, May 05, 2017

May the Fourth Be With You!

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... there was a map.

The Star Wars Galaxy is a huge 3d WebGL map of the entire fictional galaxy from George Lucas' series of Star Wars films. The map includes 3d models of all the planets, moons and death stars that feature in the popular movies.

When the map loads you should press the play button in the bottom left-hand corner of the map to set out on a tour of the whole galaxy and the major planets. You can also navigate to individual planets using the menu that runs along the bottom of the map. If you get lost in your travels around the galaxy you can use the search option to search for individual planets (or even the Death Star) by name.

You can also explore the Star Wars Galaxy on a more conventional 2d map. The Star Wars Galaxy Map is a two dimensional interactive atlas of a galaxy far, far away. You may have heard of the legendary battles between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. Now for the first time you can explore the famous locations in this epic galactic war.

The map shows the location of planets, sectors and regions within the Star Wars Galaxy. You can click on regions and planets to reveal their names and a link to the relevant Wookieepedia article. You can also select which layers you want to see displayed on the map by clicking on the 'visible layers' button.

You don't have to travel to the Star Wars Galaxy to feel the force. May the Fourth Be With You is a fun Mapbox GL map which appears to have turned the Earth into a frightening Death Star.

This clever map uses an animated star field image as the map's background. This makes it appear like the Earth's cities are floating in space. An effect which is enhanced by the animated TIE Fighters flying over the 3d buildings on the map.

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