Less than 600 people, billions of Earth’s orbit, have traveled the space so far. It is likely that you will not personally visit the International Space Station, or, say, Mars. And none of us travel as far as a galaxy, or too far into space (and therefore much later) to witness the early universe, or even the Big Bang itself. But now you can do those things practically.
This week (October 12, 2021), researchers from Switzerland’s Acol Polytechnic Federation de Lausanne released a beta version of their virtual reality universe project, which they call VIRUP. Contains its open source beta software which these scientists say is the largest data set in the universe.
The team uses this data to create 3D panoramic views of the space that you can fly, if you have the right gear. One note: The beta version still can’t run on Mac computers.
Virtual Reality Universe Project
You can view this free map of the universe with virtual reality gear or 3D glasses for standard viewing on winter ships like dome screens, or on your regular computer or television screen. From the data, the researchers created a 20-minute movie, The Signs of Light: An Immersive Journey through Space and Time, which you can watch. You can also view it in your choice of 4K, VR180, or 360 degrees. In the video, a detailed 3D model of the universe starts on the sand and travels through the solar system through our solar system, then all the way to the universe’s web and the Big Bang’s release light.
The source of the virtual reality universe map
Computer algorithms are used to televise virtual reality universe projects into terabytes of data – one terabyte of data – about a trillion bytes – collected from telescopes around the world. The aim is to produce images of the entire observable universe. Team member Gene Paul Kneeb said in a statement:
The modernity of this project is making the Sasset data set available in a single framework, when you can see the universe on different scales – our nearby planets, the Earth’s sand, the Eri, the Solar System’s surroundings, the surface of the Earth’s path. , To look at the universe and start to time – what we call the Big Bang.
They collected information from eight databases, including 4,500 known exoplanets and six million galaxies. VIRUP uses a wide range of data from a variety of sources including Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Gaia Mission, Planetary Mission and VIC.
Map is still in progress. In the future, the team intends to include a database that includes asteroids, nebulas, pulsars, and space or space objects. When the square kilometer area comes online in 2029, it will eventually include data that can be petted into petabytes (1,000 terabytes or 1 million gigabytes). Yves Revaz of EPFL said:
A very important part of this project is that it is the first step towards the treatment of the many data sets that are coming.
To learn how to learn, go to the Woo project project page.
Or read “Archeology of Light” from EPFL.
For scientists and the public
Researchers hope that their virtual reality universe project is helpful to anyone who wants to see the universe in a different light. The software is available for free, and curious people and scientists who are researching our own can find a useful tool in our universe. Cannabis said:
We actually started this project because I was working on a three dimensional mapping project of the universe and was always a little disappointed with the 2D scene on my screen, which was not very meaningful. It is true that by showing the universe in 3D, by displaying those proportions, by displaying the flags of the galaxies that are the largest particles of substance, you really understand that the universe is.
This line is the line: The researchers have collected tertiary bytes of data from a telescope to the virtual reality universe project, hence the outline of our universe.
Ecole Polytechnique via Federale de Lausanne
Through the EPFL