Exploring TRAPPIST-1 Virtually

The cosmOcosm team, lead by CU Boulder graduate student Kevin Sweet and including faculty co-leads Tara Knight and Adam Burgasser, brought the newest development of the Sound Planetarium project to the 2019 TRAPPIST-1 conference in Liege, Belgium.

Kevin Sweet setting up the TRAPPIST-1 Virtual demonstration at the conference venue.

The Sound Planetarium project was originally developed to explore spatialized sound in “sonifying” astronomical data. Kevin has been exploring this process in virtual spaces, with a key innovation in making the sound process two-way – both hearing and speaking to our data!

Concept model of the TRAPPIST-1d surface

In honor of the TRAPPIST-1 conference, the team developed a virtual reality setting for the surface of TRAPPIST-1, one in which we can explore both the planetary system at large (viewing the orbits of the planets around its low-mass host star) and the view from the surface. Movement in the simulation was controlled by both “gaze” (where you looked) and basic voice commands.

Kevin explaining what the viewer sees in the virtual space.
Kevin “suiting up” a virtual explorer

We got a lot of great feedback from the folks who tried out the demonstration, which helps us explore new narratives for exploring this amazing system in virtual space.

Kevin discussing ideas with Artem Burdanov

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