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Roger E. Moore
2019-Jan-03, 02:23 PM
THIS is how we should all study astronomy! :)


https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.06237

Walking Through an Exploded Star: Rendering Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A into Virtual Reality

Kimberly K. Arcand, Elaine Jiang, Sara Price, Megan Watzke, Tom Sgouros, Peter Edmonds (Submitted on 15 Dec 2018)

NASA and other astrophysical data of the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant have been rendered into a three-dimensional virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) program, the first of its kind. This data-driven experience of a supernova remnant allows viewers to walk inside the leftovers from the explosion of a massive star, select the parts of the supernova remnant to engage with, and access descriptive texts on what the materials are. The basis of this program is a unique 3D model of the 340-year old remains of a stellar explosion, made by combining data from the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope, and ground-based facilities. A collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Brown University allowed the 3D astronomical data collected on Cassiopeia A to be featured in the VR/AR program, which is an innovation in digital technologies with public, education, and research-based impacts.

NOTE: WOW! COLOR PICTURES OF SIMULATION! YES!

Swift
2019-Jan-03, 02:59 PM
The PDF of the paper (link at the link) has some nice 2D images of their rendering, but it would nice if there was some way to try it out.

Roger E. Moore
2019-Jan-03, 03:02 PM
The PDF of the paper (link at the link) has some nice 2D images of their rendering, but it would nice if there was some way to try it out.

Stereograph photos? Didn't think of that. Yeah, maybe they could be nudged?