StarGaze: An augmented reality astronomical viewing tool
This thesis describes an augmented reality system for astronomy--StarGaze. StarGaze overlays virtual images of stars and their associated information on the real stars in the night sky. The overlaid information includes constellations, names and other information. The displayed images change based on changes in the user's head orientation. This system is designed as an astronomical education and viewing tool. This system is a major improvement over current astronomical education tools, which include such items as star charts and the popular "star wheels", which attempt to show the visible stars for a given location. These tools, while inexpensive and readily available, lack dynamic interaction, and they reduce the majesty of the night sky to a small, written diagram. The system is described here in great detail, from the high level implementation to a full description of its usage.