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Published: March 15, 2001.

Demonstrations

Production and Practical use of Astronomical 3D CG on the Web and Planetarium
Katsuhiro Mouri , Nagoya City Science Museum, Japan
Masao Suzuki , Nagoya City Science Museum, Japan
Manabu Noda , Nagoya City Science Museum, Japan
Takami Yasuda , Nagoya University, Japan
Shigeki Yokoi , Nagoya University, Japan
http://www.ncsm.city.nagoya.jp

Session: Demo Sessions 1

The authors have been studying the role of 3-dimensional computer graphics (3D CG) for web pages of scientific museums. Since 1993, we have particularly focused on astronomical phenomena to produce 3D CG animation based on scientific or observation data. By collaborative works with specialists of several fields such as calculating of orbit of solar-system's body, making computer graphics, and Astronomy education on planetarium, we could produce high quality scientific visualization animation. In this demonstration we show a new style of scientific museum on the web by using 3DCG and interactive function by visitors. In addition, we will show the important role of cross field collaborations of specialists for producing meaningful digital contents. We are now preparing the next subject: The small bodies of solar system.