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AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life
September/October 2009 (vol. 29 no. 5)
pp. 69-81
Arturo Nakasone, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Helmut Prendinger, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Simon Holland, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Piet Hut, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Princeton
Jun Makino, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Tokyo
Ken Miura, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo
Developed in the Second Life 3D online multiuser environment, AstroSim (astrophysics simulation) provides synchronous collaborative visualization for astronomers. Users can play, halt, and rewind simulations and annotate stars interactively to track individual stars and gain a better understanding of stellar dynamics and astrophysics phenomena. This article is part of a special issue on collaborative visualization.

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Index Terms:
virtual worlds, Second Life, stellar-dynamics simulation, collaborative astrophysics, 3D visualization, computer graphics
Citation:
Arturo Nakasone, Helmut Prendinger, Simon Holland, Piet Hut, Jun Makino, Ken Miura, "AstroSim: Collaborative Visualization of an Astrophysics Simulation in Second Life," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 69-81, Sept.-Oct. 2009, doi:10.1109/MCG.2009.79
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