WebbVR: The James Webb Space Telescope Virtual Experience

Space Telescope Science Institute
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Play Area

Seated

Standing

Room-scale

Input Method

VIVE Controllers

Oculus Touch

Windows MR Controllers

VIVE Cosmos Controllers

Content Rating

Everyone

Release Date

Latest Update

Version

2.3

Media Type

App

Number of Players

Singleplayer

Languages

Interface Audio Subtitles

English (United States)

Spanish (Spain)

System requirements

Available OS

Windows 7

Windows 8.1

Windows 10

Available OS Bit

64-bit

Processor

Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350

Memory

8 GB

DirectX Version

12

Disk Space

6 GB

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better

Additional Notes

Developer information

Developer

Space Telescope Science Institute

Contact

lcsmith@stsci.edu

Publisher

Space Telescope Science Institute

Contact

lcsmith@stsci.edu

COMPATIBLE WITH:

VIVE
VIVE Cosmos
VIVE Pro
Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift S
Windows Mixed Reality
VIVE Cosmos Elite

GENRE:

Casual
Simulation
Education

Description

The wonders of space defy description – so see it for yourself! Explore the universe like never before in the fully immersive WebbVR experience. The James Webb Space Telescope and its infrared-light perception of the cosmos are simulated using NASA data, along with bonus information and interactive learning experiences.

You can visit the James Webb Space Telescope at its orbit point beyond the Moon, 1 million miles from Earth, set against an accurate backdrop of the Solar System. Fly up-close to Webb’s beautiful golden mirrors, and look out from its perspective on the universe. You can also compare Webb with the Hubble and WFIRST space telescopes. Info hubs within the VR environment provide more information about each mission.

Further out, explore your own cosmic neighborhood—the Solar System—in gorgeous detail.
Fly through Saturn’s rings or join Jupiter’s moons in orbit around the gas giant. You may also leave the Solar System behind and visit the stunning Orion Nebula, where a swirling disk of gas and dust is beginning to form planets, or fly through the star fields of a simulated galaxy.

If you’re more the hands-on type, try building your own planet or even a whole solar system. Send stars into a black hole and see what happens. See how changing the mass of a star alters the course of its lifecycle.

The awe-inspiring WebbVR environment puts users in the midst of science concepts, presenting realistic, data-based collision physics, Newtonian gravity, gas viscosity, and the electromagnetic spectrum in a new, accessible way.

WebbVR is developed in partnership with Northrop Grumman.

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What's New

WebbVR v2.1 - This major update introduces an exciting new exoplanet module, as well as a variety of other new features and improvements. Explore how astronomers discover exoplanets using a variety of detection methods (radial velocity, direct detection, and transit detection) to enable your own discoveries. 

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