Website Of The Week: 100,000 Stars

This week’s Website Of The Week is 100,000 Stars, part of the Google Chrome Experiments initiative.

Chrome Experiments was originally a project set up to test the limits of JavaScript and other open-source web based technologies. However, it soon took the role of showcasing the latest user-submitted experiments. If you haven’t heard of Chrome Experiments, check them out here.

So, let’s get into this. Also, make sure your browser is set to full screen mode. It is totally worth it!

After a brief loading period, the screen is suddenly filled with a slowly rotating galaxy, with an ambient, ethereal soundtrack in the background. There is one icon in the corner though, which can be easily missed – a simple play button which when hovered reveals the words ‘take a tour.’

When clicked, we glide straight in to the centre of our galaxy, the sun. We’re then taken on a full tour of the solar system, filled with stunning visuals and interesting facts.

100,000 Stars

At this point, I was interrupted by a low whirring noise coming from my laptop. Now, I know that Google Chrome is infamous for eating up your CPU, but this is ridiculous. I’ve been on this site for about a minute and already my poor little MacBook can’t take it!

I can forgive this though, due to the sheer innovation and creativeness of this site. Clearly this isn’t a site intended to be visited for long periods of time. This is more akin to a piece of art, explored for a few minutes and nothing more. Obviously, it would be good to have the option of exploring for long periods of time without running the risk of your overheating your laptop!

The mobile view is also pretty spot-on, but it is definitely worth viewing on your desktop for the full effect.

Overall, although this wasn’t great on my laptop’s CPU, this site was still well worth a visit. There are plenty more cool ones on the Chrome Experiments homepage, so get over there and start exploring!

Aesthetic: 5/5

Responsiveness: 5/5

Mobile View: 5/5

Overall Rating:

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