Normally at this time of the year we'd be down at The Hive in Worcester for the BIS World Space Day event - the largest of its kind in the UK. Of course with COVID19 that's not happening, so here instead is a little "work in progress" of a solar system playground in WebXR. You can't view this on the web, but if you have a VR headset that is WebXR compatible (most of them now) you can use the headsets web browser to go to:
Then follow the Solar System Playground link from that page to the WebXR page, click on the Enter VR button, and immerse yourself in the Solar System.
This is a quick tour of what you should see and what you can do:
The main features are:
- Set sizes of planets to linear or log scale
- Set orbit sizes to linear or log scale
- Just grab hold of a planet to bring it up close to look at it, and turn it over in your "hands"
- Display labels on planets and/or audio naming as you click on them
- Randomise planet positions, sort them into order, and then have your solution scored
- Hide the floor (not for those with vertigo!)
- Move with joystick or by clicking on the footsteps
- Set sizes and orbit sizes to "real" values, scaled to the sun. This make things VERY small and VERY spread out. There's a guideline to help you find all the planets, and Pluto (and maybe Neptune) might actually be outside of the "star" bubble - feels very otherworldly that far out!
Note that this is still a work-in-progress and may have a few bugs, but with World Space Week happening and lots of us in some sort of lockdown we thought it a good time to get it out!
Any bug reports or comments for improvements in the comment or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy, and hopefully we can meet physically for World Space Week next year!