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StarSightVR combines planetarium, VR tech to create immersive, real-time, distributed astronomy experience

July 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kulvinder Singh Chadha / ISPR

[This application of VR could bring a planetarium's entertaining and educational real-time, communal immersive experience to people around the world. I wonder if the inputs could eventually be live from an earth-based or even orbiting telescope... This story is from Astronomy Now and more details are in the press release from the Royal Astronomical Society. -Matthew]

Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting 2015 - report 3

[Science writer and editor Kulvinder Singh Chadha presents his third report from the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting 2015 (NAM2015, Cyfarfod Seryddiaeth Cenedlaethol 2015). Around 500 astronomers and space scientists will gather at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales, from 5-9 July, for the largest regular professional astronomy event in the UK -- a conference that will see leading researchers from around the world presenting the latest work in a variety of fields.]

Oculus Rift + Stellarium = virtual reality planetarium

An exciting way to experience the night sky using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was shown during a demonstration at NAM2015. Professor Andrew Lawrence of Edinburgh University outlined a project, provisionally called StarSightVR, in a talk held the previous day at the conference. This was followed by an open demonstration today of the headset running Stellarium. The project was conceived and developed by Alastair Bruce, a PhD student at Edinburgh, and was first demonstrated at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April.

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