ASTROMETRICS LAB

The Astrometrics Lab features a Viewer and console database. The Viewer Screen has a running slide show displaying images of the various galaxies, star systems, nebulae and other astronomical bodies found in Star Trek and in the real-life universe. The Astrometrics Database contains images and information on dozens of real life galaxies, star systems and nebulae found in Star Trek, with Notecards not only explaining their role in Star Trek but also their real life features and astronomical information. Displays around this Section focus on a number of these key star systems and galaxies.

Ever wondered what it meant whenever the Enterprise detected an M-Class planet or evaded a pursuer by hiding behind the corona of a G-Class sun? Ever wondered what class planet our own Earth is, or what class star the Sun is? Well, wonder no more. At the centre of the Astrometrics Lab is a 3-D interactive exhibit demonstrating the different stellar and planetary classifications used in Starfleet, as well as the real-life astronomical classifications that form the basis for them. The Spatial Anomalies station features wall displays on the various spatial anomalies found in the Star Trek universe. These includes Black Holes, Wormholes, dark matter nebulae,  quantum singularities, cosmic strings, graviton ellipses and the Murasaki Effect. These wall displays feature detailed information on these space phenomena as well as the real-life science they are based upon in current-day astronomy and cosmology. 

There are also a number of astronomical instruments in the Astrometrics Lab, including a planisphere - a star chart that can be adjusted to display the night sky for any given latitude, time and date. Available for download is a printable planisphere that you can make yourself! In addition, the Lab also has a working astronomical telescope - just right click on the telescope to peer through its eyepiece at a huge variety of star systems, planets, galaxies, comets and other celestial bodies and objects. In addition, there are also a number of downloads of free computer programmes related to astronomy and cosmology, such as Celestia, Distant Suns, Starcalc, Home Planet and the SAO and Tycho-2 star catalogues.