Last week I shared a six minute video tour of the known universe. That video does a great job of helping viewers understand the scale of the universe. Today, through Google Maps Mania I found a new Google Chrome Web GL Experiment called 100,000 Stars that also does a good job of helping viewers understand the scale of the universe. 100,000 Stars is a visualization of the 100,000 stars closest to Earth. You can view the stars on your own or take an automated tour of the stars.
Applications for Education
The 100,000 Stars tour does a great job of putting distances between stars and planets into a perspective that students can understand.
100,000 Stars uses Web GL technology and you will have to use Google Chrome to view the tour correctly.