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Use Google Cardboard to Explore Space with Star Chart VR

Having the ability to explore and immerse yourself in places that you’d otherwise be unable to is one of virtual realities (VR) most lauded features. Space is a prime example of somewhere lots of people would like to go, but logistically isn’t going to happen just yet. So VR experiences that allow someone to head in to the stars are the next best thing, and developer Escape Velocity Ltd is doing just that with Star Chart VR.

VRFocus has reported on Star Chart before, when the developer launched the app for Samsung Gear VR back in January. Now the team has brought the experience to Android smartphones, and requires a head-mounted display (HMD) like Google Cardboard or similar to use.

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“Delight in exploring the solar system, from the Sun to the smallest moons of Saturn and out to the coldest, darkest, farthest reaches of Pluto,” an official description of the title reads. “Gaze down and marvel at our solar systems from above.  Look up in wonder at the rings of Saturn. Feel the awe of floating in space around worlds no human has yet set foot on. Understand how the constellations of our night sky are made up of stars distant to each other in both space and time. Embrace the impossible distances of our solar system and the inordinate scale of our universe.”

Star Chart VR is an accurate real-time simulation of the visible stars and planets as you see them from Earth, with 3D solar system to explore, including the Sun, the planets and major moons. It can be downloaded from Google Play now, retailing at £3.99 GBP.

VRFocus will continue it coverage of Escape Velocity Ltd’s VR projects, reporting back with the latest updates.