Exoplanet Astronomy Star Trek Style

I stumbled upon a cool site that tells you some basic facts about known exoplanets. But, rather than a boring web page, it pretends you are on the bridge of a Star Trek ship using the computer. The underlying planet view comes from a Google Earth plugin using the Sky mode. Yet another fun example of using the GE API and plugin in innovative ways with an educational twist.
Star Trek-style view on exoplanets using Google Sky

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. Really nice site! and excellent/neat programming
    Still I didn’t see the search for planets/stars feature.

  2. Frank Taylor says:

    @Hussein: The site lets you look at the planets in the GE plugin part of the interface. Simply put your mouse over a planet and they show data on the planet on the right side of the “star trek” screen (NOTE: you may have to make your browser page larger, or scroll the page to the right to see the rest of the interface).

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