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Virtual space travel is made possible by new software developed by astrophysicists and computer scientists at the Swiss Technical University (EPFL) in Lausanne, according to MTI.

A VIRUPvirtual universe project) allows amateur astronomers to travel in space and time from our solar system to the outermost limit of the visible universe. The ferop With the help of it, 4,500 exoplanets and 50 million galaxies discovered so far can be “visited”, and during virtual time travel one can see the future collision of the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy with the help of simulations. You don’t need a Tardis, but you do need a proper computer and VR goggles to experience the artificial space created from cosmic data.

Currently, development scientists are working on making the software capable of displaying many celestial bodies, such as asteroids, nebulae, and pulsars, in 3D. The program generates a virtual version of the universe from 90 images per second. The image source is eight different databases containing images taken by astronomers and astrophysicists.

Visualizing astrophysical data is more realistic than graphics and numbers. With their help, we can get an idea of ​​these complex phenomena, said astrophysicist Yves Rivas, who co-developed the virtual reality program for space travel with computer scientist Florian Cabot Rivas. Anyone interested can download the program code inside from Jetlab.

(Cover Photo: Hadrian Gornell, a software development engineer at the Experimental Museology Laboratory at the Federal University of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, uses 3D glasses to study the most detailed map of the universe with the help of scientists from the university’s astrophysics laboratory at the Museology Laboratory in Saint-Sulpice, near Lausanne, on 12 October 2021. Photo: MTI/EPA/Keystone/Laurent Gillieron)

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