Not to mention the planets and the Milky Way.
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New version just released on the Oculus store! 1.4 now allows moving in time over hours, days, or months.
Pocket Observatory is a fun and educational astronomy VR experience, offering an intuitive, hands-on approach to learn about the skies above. Follow the motions of stars, sun, moon, and planets!
You're not alone
Invite a friend for a voice chat beneath the stars! On Gear VR, you can connect via the Oculus platform, and check out each other's local sky view. It's a great feature for educational purposes or just hanging out together.
- Realistic day and night cycle - experience the sky around sunset, see which constellation the sun is in during the day.
- Social VR - invite a friend for a voice chat (Gear VR only).
- Built-in virtual landscape - together with the fantastic field of view in VR, the increased sense of scale will help you identify the constellations on the real sky.
- Spectacular timelapse animation covering up to 24 hours - watch the sky fly by.
- Different observation positions on earth - experience the sky from your own location, the north pole, or the south pole. When connected in a chat, the remote GPS location is available, too.
Sky by day and night
Visible objects include the constellations, sun, moon (with current phase), planets, and the Milky Way.
View the sky from your own GPS location, or the Earth’s poles – experience polar day and night! More locations will be added in future releases.
Invite a friend for a voice chat, and check out the sky at each other’s GPS locations. (Gear VR only)
Fast forward to midnight or back to sunrise. Experience the rotation of the sky in timelapse, up to 24 hours.
Rise and set times
Rise and set times are displayed for the sun and the moon, as well as their current positions in the sky.
The landscape is essential in providing orientation and a sense of scale. Makes comparison to the real sky so much easier!
Here are a few ideas for things you can try out in Pocket Observatory:
- Find out what stars and planets will be visible at your GPS location tonight.
- Invite a friend to chat and visit each other's local sky views.
- Watch the moon rise and check out the current lunar phase.
- Fast forward to sunrise, to see whether Venus is visible in the morning.
- See how the sky rotates about the North Star on the northern hemisphere.
- Let the sky revolve horizontally around you as you are standing on Earth's axis.
- Experience polar day and night.
- View the constellations on the other hemisphere.
- Understand how everything on the sky flips upside down as you travel to the other half of the planet.
- Discover the variations in the Milky Way in different parts of the sky.
- See how the position of the sun relates to the zodiac.
What discoveries do you make?
For Samsung Gear VR
The Gear VR version including the voice chat component is now available via the Oculus Store.
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