If you are a keen space or astronomy enthusiast you'd be happy to know that NASA now has a provision to let you take photos with several celestial bodies. The universe is mind-boggling and it is a very distant dream to actually go into space and witness even the closest objects. But with a new application called the NASA Selfies app, you can pose in front of Orion Nebula, or the centre of our Milky Way galaxy. Along with the ability to take pictures, there is also an exoplanet excursions virtual reality (VR) app which will take you through a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. NASA Exoplanet Hunter Swings by Moon, Clicks First Image.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary of launching the Spitzer space telescope, NASA has brought in these digital facilities. They want to get the universe at one's fingertips. The selfie app allows you to dress in a virtual spacesuit and then pose in front of cosmic locations. You can just click a picture, select a background and then upload on social media. The application will be available on both iOS and Android devices, and will also give scientific information about the images and the background. How to Click the Perfect Selfie: 9 Simple Tips to Ace Your Selfie Game.
Check out some of the pictures that people have taken with NASA Selfies App:
— Mrs. Natasha Lewis (@TheLewView) August 24, 2018
— Enrica Bonato (@Lenrica) August 23, 2018
Cats and dogs were not spared either!
— Stephanie Gutowski (@hapagal) August 24, 2018
— Martha 🇺🇸🏴🇮🇪 (@gwoman9810) August 23, 2018
— Sarah (@sarahsansom) August 24, 2018
The TRAPPIST-1 is the only known exoplanet system which has Earth-sized planets. The Spitzer played a major role in finding these planets and also giving more information. It is very far to be visible through a telescope. With the VR app, users will be navigated from 5 out of 7 planets, along with faint lights of the stars. This application will be available for Oculus and Vive through the Spitzer mission website. One could also explore into the Spitzer YouTube page to view about TRAPPIST-1 on your smartphones.
The Spitzer telescope was launched on August 25, 2003, to study the early universe in infrared light. So if you want to show off your spacesuit and celestial background, start clicking!