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Straight Away to Orion

a visualization of exoplanetary systems as small multiples and in 3D

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Welcome to the homepage of my second project of Fall 2013 Semester, Straight Away to Orion, project 2 of Professor Andy Johnson's Computer Graphics II course.


Generally speaking, this app (when running in CAVE2) allows you to:

  1. view at most 48 small multiples of different planetary systems at a time, with the ability to scale size of start and planets as well as orbit distance.
  2. view our solar system and one other system running in 3D with same scale change ability.
  3. select to show four pre-defined interesting sets of planetary systems as small multiples, and filter what to show based on multiple parameters.
  4. select from small multiples to move to show in 3D with our solar system for comparison
  5. view a simple 3D universe model to see where all the planetary systems are relative to us
  6. read information of different planetary systems as well as newly scientific discoveries

See detailed desciption for all the features.

Download and Install

  1. have omegalib installed. You can get it here
  2. if you are running it on higher than Mac OS X 10.8, you also need to have XQuartz
  3. download the source code from Github or on top of this page
  4. to run the project, first run XQuartz, then do as following with Terminal:
    $ >cd [omegalib_build]/bin/
    $ >./orun -s [where_you_put_the_project]/

Note that to have the best performance from this app, you need to run it in CAVE2. You can buy one here

About the Data

Data used in this project is coming from different sources, including but not limiting to

More info about the Data

Interesting Findings

Using this app, we are able to look into some interesting findings. See more info a list of newly findings

Demo (raw footages)

Here are two footages of recording of playing with this app in CAVE2 (uploading)