Carnegie Observatories

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Virtual Tour of the Carnegie Observatories

Client: Carnegie Institute for Science

Role: Project Lead, VR Videography, Script Writing, Spatial Design, Interaction Design, VR App Authoring, Project Management + Client Communications

Status: Completed 2018

Background: For over a century the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California has been and continues to be the premiere astronomical research institution in the world. This VR app designed for Google Cardboard headsets allows members to visit parts of the campus not accessible to the general public.

Objectives:

  • Design a conceptual space that is easy to navigate for novice users
  • Design a calm VR space that minimizes vertigo
  • Create a story that celebrates the history of the observatory while also emphasizing it’s contemporary research

Below are 360 degree stills from the VR experience:

01_Library

THE LIBRARY WHERE ALBERT EINSTEIN AND OTHER FAMOUS SCIENTISTS LIKED TO WORK

04a_PlateViewingRoom

THE PLATE VIEWING ROOM

05_Archives

THE ARCHIVES

06a_Spectroscope

THE ORIGINAL SPECTROSCOPE FOR ANALYZING WAVELENGTHS OF LIGHT

07_MachineShop

THE MACHINE SHOP WHERE INSTRUMENTS FOR THE CARNEGIE TELESCOPES IN LAS CAMPANAS, CHILE ARE MANUFACTURED

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