The Milky Way - 3D Virtual Tour
The Milky Way virtual tour is a installation free program that will make you feel as if you are there. Just drag the mouse to the direction you want to look. Use the scroll wheel to zoom at the details. Press F9 to get a list of the 3D sites you downloaded (residing in the same directory). To install the listed sites as a screensaver press F5. Our advise is to install all the sites, including The Milky Way, as a screensaver. When the screensaver starts, a random site is chosen and shown around automatically (this gives the impression of looking at a documentary in HD quality). To see the usage of other keys press F1. Press Ecs to exit.
The Milky Way is the galaxy in which the Solar System is located. It is a barred spiral galaxy that is part of the Local Group of galaxies. It is one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe.
The Milky Way Galaxy, as viewed from Earth's position in a spur of one of the galaxy's spiral arms, appears as a hazy band of white light in the night sky arching across the entire celestial sphere. The light originates from stars and other material that lie within the galactic plane.
Image Source: European Southern Observatory, Brunier. Creative Commons