An interactive 3D map of the 100,000 stars closest to our sun, this Chrome Experiment enables you to explore the universe by zooming in and out of the Milky Way galaxy - and learn about it along the way.
The names of the most prominent stars appear as you close in on them, and when you click on the name, information about it is pulled from Wikipedia, as well as a rendition of what it looks like up close.
The chilled soundtrack is provided by Sam Hulick, who also wrote the music for the game Mass Effect.
The demo is easy to navigate, using the scrolling device on the right hand side of the page, plus there's a 'Take the Tour' button on the left hand side to show you some highlights, which are accompanied by some fascinating annotations.
If you've got work to do, we recommend you do it later. Try this astonishing demo now!
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