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 first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  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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