StarFlight: An Interactive VR Exploration of the Three-Dimensional Nature of Constellations

July 1st, 2005 - June 30th, 2006

Categories: Applications, Education, Museums, VR

StarFlight Application
StarFlight Application


“StarFlight” developed by the University of Chicago’s Center for the Presentation of Science in collaboration with EVL is an interactive 3D virtual reality exhibit that provides an interactive exploration of the Orion, Ursa Major and Scorpius constellations. Users can view the constellations from Earth or from outer space. “StarFlight’s” virtual outer space is a visualization of the Hipparcos star catalog. Hipparcos, a satellite operated by the European Space Agency from 1989-1993, catalogued the position of nearly 120,000 stars in our galaxy.

“StarFlight” installations include:

  • “Outreach to space”, SciTech Hands-On Museum (Aurora, IL)
  • Space Visualization Laboratory, Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) permanent exhibit
  • “Laboratorio de Arte Alameda” (Mexico City) November 28, 2006 - February 11, 2007

Additional support provided by:
  • Leo P. Kadanoff and James Sweitzer, University of Chicago
  • Brett Nicholas and Brian Wunar, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL
  • Carina Eizmendi and Ronen Mir, SciTech Hands-On Museum, Aurora, IL
  • Brian Abbott, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  • Robert Kooima and Laura Wolf, EVL / UIC