The WorldWide Telescope team has produced a virtual reality and dome experience on the subject of impacts in our Solar System. This show can be used for free in virtual reality (VR) systems - currently Oculus Rift - and domes running WWT. The show includes a narration and original music soundtrack and brings your audiences to the locations of impacts in the past several billion years. Made for VR and domes, the show creates new levels of immersion to bring the visitor to the surfaces of bodies in our Solar System as well as a tour of the International Space Station. The senses of immersion and physical presence in the virtual environments are especially powerful using Oculus Rift VR device. Moreover, the show illustrates how WorldWide Telescope can be used in high level production. Additionally, the components of the show are made available for adaptation, customization and re-use.

The presentation can be done using the voice of the recorded narrator or you can have a presenter deliver the narration live. The script has been translated into several languages. If you can help out with other language translations we'd love to host the translated script with proper translation accreditation.

Each scene is a separate slide and many can be used as a standalone module on specific topics:

  • International Space Station
  • Asteroid impacts on Earth from 2000-2013
  • Flights over various impact craters
  • Asteroid distribution and belts

Soon the team will be publishing specific how-to guides on how to use some of the new, advanced features of WWT to do:

  • 3d model importing and animation
  • Advanced uses of timeline editor

Authoring in VR

If you use the show in whole or in part all we ask is that you register your facility running WorldWide Telescope here. We also would ask that you send some of your audiences to a website for an evaluation of the experience. Of course we hope this sparks creative activity using WWT and the WWT team would love to hear and help out!


Show Survey

Show Credits:

Produced, Written and Directed by
Doug Roberts, Ph.D.

Original Music Composed and Performed by
Chris Richko

Science Advisor
Brett W. Denevi, Ph.D.

3D Modeling
Patrick McPike

All-Sky Background
Digitized Sky Survey (Color), Copyright DSS Consortium

Asteroid 433 Eros
NASA, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Mission

International Space Station (ISS)
Toshiyuki Takahei

Bing Maps

Asteroid Impacts 2000-2013
B612 Foundation

NASA, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission

NASA/USGS/Malin Space Science System/JPL, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mission

NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Carnegie Institution, MESSENGER Mission

International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Minor Planets Center (MPC)