NASA EX­O­PLANET EX­CUR­SION VR

Avali­able for: YouTube 360-de­gree, HTC Vive, Ocu­lus Rift

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An­other strong con­tri­bu­tion the Spitzer Space Tele­scope made was the anal­y­sis of the unique TRAPPIST-1 plan­e­tary sys­tem, which had its news spread fur­ther than just the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity and even caught the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion. Spitzer was able to re­veal some im­por­tant de­tails about the in­di­vid­ual plan­ets, and now NASA has cre­ated this vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) app in com­mem­o­ra­tion of its achieve­ments.

The full in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence is avail­able for those with a HTC Vive or Ocu­lus Rift VR head­set, but for the less for­tu­nate the ex­pe­ri­ence is also avail­able as a 360-de­gree YouTube video – all that needs to be searched for is the ti­tle of the app. The video takes you on a tour of the seven Earth-sized plan­ets lo­cated just 40 light years away from Earth. A com­par­i­son to Earth for each world em­pha­sises their close re­sem­blance to our home planet, and shows what po­ten­tial the TRAPPIST-1 sys­tem has.

The HTC Vive costs in there­gion of £499 (or $499)TRAPPIST-1 is a red dwarf star; it is far less pow­er­ful than our Sun.

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