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100k Stars

While Google has provided several Chrome browser apps to show off what it’s capable of, its latest app could be the best yet.

The company released a 100,000 Stars app today that allows you to look at all of the neighboring stars as seen from our own solar system. The app uses Chrome’s WebGL, CSS3D, and Web Audio to bring you an experience that’s similar to viewing the fictitious star chart navigation systems found in the spaceships of awesome sci-fi movies.

Each star is labeled by name, and clicking a name will pull up additional information about the star. Dismissing the text about the star will reveal a digital representation of what scientists believe the star looks like.

And while Google has provided a soundtrack for the app, I felt that the overall experience could be greatly enhanced if you let the ambient warp drive engine hum play in the background while you’re surfing through the universe.


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