100,000 Stars is an awesome interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood created by some space enthusiasts at Google for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. Pan using your mouse and zoom in/out using your touchpad or mouse wheel. Click a star’s name to learn more about it.
Alternatively, you can take a tour of the Milky Way from the Sun to the outer expanses of the galaxy and learn about light years, Voyager 1, Alpha Centauri and more.
Eye candy for the ufonaut.