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ISSUE 24 - October 2018





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Engaging the Public with Supernova and Supernova Remnant Research Using Virtual Reality (page 25)
Gilles Ferrand, Don Warren

Summary

On 21 April 2018, the citizens of Wako, Japan, interacted in a novel way with research being carried out at the Astrophysical Big Bang Laboratory (ABBL) at RIKEN1,2. They were able to explore a model of a supernova and its remnant in an immersive three-dimentional format by using virtual reality (VR) technology. In this article, we explain how this experience was developed and delivered to the public, providing practical tips for and reflecting on the successful organisation of an event of this kind.