Universe Touring Machine

S. Jaeger and J.R. Parker (Canada)


virtual reality environment, education, astronomy, plane tarium


Educators have used portable and non-portable planetari ums to teach astronomy and have been found to be very beneficial [1]. With the introduction of computers plane tariums are slowly going out of service. Instead educators are using computer applications to fulfill this role, but in the process we may be doing a disservice to the students. The visual affect of a planetarium can not be compared to that of a stand-alone computer. Is there any technology that can replace the planetarium? The answer is yes. Our “Universe Touring Machine” is a modern version of the planetarium that can be used not only in a sophisticated virtual environments, but on the average home computer.

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