For the first time astronomers from the United States and Chile created the first short film that takes the viewer into a virtual trip to the center of our galaxy and 360 degree views. The simulation film explores data collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Space Telescope, ESO’s Chile’s Very Large Telescope (ESO) in Chile and other infrared telescopes.
The film sends viewers to the mysterious center of our galaxy, where a huge black hole nests and huge Wolf-Rayet stars roam along with powerful clouds of gas.
Earth is about 26,000 light years away from the center of the galaxy, and it is obvious that people have no hope of getting there with their natural bodies. The central but invisible black hole, which gives its name throughout the center of our galaxy, is called “Sagittarius A *” and has a mass equivalent to about four million suns.
The film “places” the viewer at the point of “Sagittarius A” and allows him to see 25 giant Wolf-Rayet stars orbiting the center of the galaxy, which emanate terrible multicolored astral winds. The researchers, led by Christopher Russell of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, presented the film at the American Astronomical Society conference.
The 360 degree video can ideally be viewed on virtual reality devices such as Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard or on “smart” mobile phones using the corresponding YouTube app.