New NASA app clicks selfies in exoplanet locations

Virtual reality app for exoplanet tours also launched

Washington.

NASA has launched a new app that allows you to take a picture of yourself in a virtual space suit, posing in front of magnificent cosmic places, such as the Nebula of Orion or the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Together with the "NASA Selfies" app, the US space agency has also launched a virtual reality (VR) app for exoplanet tours that takes users of virtual reality on a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.

These digital products were created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA said in a statement.

The simple interface of the Selfies app allows you to take a picture of yourself, choose your background and share on social media.

The app, available for iOS and Android devices, also provides information on the science behind the images, all of which are taken by Spitzer.

The virtual reality app for exoplanet tours for VR users on the planetary system TRAPPIST-1.

TRAPPIST-1 is the only exoplanet system known to house seven planets of approximately terrestrial size.

Spitzer played an important role in the detection of these planets and in providing information that helped scientists learn about the planets "Probably the compositions.

The TRAPPIST-1 system is too far for telescopes to directly observe these planets, but this VR experience shows the artists’ impressions of how the planets might appear, NASA said.

These impressions are based on data from Spitzer and other telescopes that have studied the TRAPPIST-1 system. [19659002] Users of the app are navigated around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the black of space and the faint lights of distant stars.

The VR app will be available for Oculus and Vive through the website of the Spitzer mission and will soon be available through the Oculus store, NASA said.

A 360 degree video is also available on Spitzer’s Youtube page viewers have esp lent the TRAPPIST-1 virtual system on their desktop, smartphone or with a smartphone-based 360 viewer like Google Cardboard, he added.

Considered a cousin of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope was launched on August 25, 2003, to study the primordial universe in infrared light.

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