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ESA Gaia Sky VR Second Data Released

ESA Gaia Sky VR Second Data Released

VR Tech Today May 21, 2018

The ESA compiled information from July 2014 to May 2016. The information was recently part of the second data for virtual reality based on this data. It includes more than 1.7 billion stars from within the Milky Way and surrounding galaxies. Included in the data is information like distance and motion for 1.3 billion of these stars. Information on other bodies found in the galaxy, completes the data release.

Public and Scientific Use

This information is beneficial for both the public as well as for astronomers. The data has been able to provide views of the galaxy which are interactive. The public is able to experience these celestial bodies in way never possible before. Astronomers are able to use the data from Gai. It is useful to develop detailed maps and diagrams of the Milky Way galaxy.

Interactive Experience

Currently, the data is visible in an interactive format. It includes views that are 360 degrees of the Milky Way. There are multiple platforms available, including being able to view using a mobile device. This includes smartphones or tablets, as well as on a computer or laptop using a video player. It is possible to access to virtual reality equipment using a cardboard kit. This gives the most realistic experience on the YouTube app outside of virtual reality.

Virtual Reality View of Gaia

The Gaia VR is an application available for both Windows as well as Mac based computers. An HTC Vive headset and motion tracking hand controller makes it possible to view the data in virtual reality. It allows galaxy viewing in 3D. For a two dimensional view, a virtual reality headset is not necessary using the standard computer motioner for viewing. However, this method of viewing does not provide the higher quality of the 3D video.

Exploring with Gaia Sky VR

The use of Gaia Sky VR makes it possible for users to explore the universe in real time 3D. Gaia Sky is available on Mac, Windows, and Linux based computers. Gaia Group developed Gaia Sky 2.0.0. It is based entirely on the data collected from the Gaia mission. Gaia Sky features a simulation of our Solar System. It also shows the celestial bodies in the Milky Way that were part of the second data release. Also included is information on different star clusters, other galaxies, as well as the CMB. Gaia Sky VR runs on multiple headsets and utilizes OpenVR.

Does Gaia Sky interest you? Would you be interested in viewing the Milky Way in 3D? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Image Credit : ESA

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