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Hawking's legacy: falling into a virtual black hole

In 2017 Stephen Hawking began work on an innovative project to digitally recreate the universe , a virtual reality experience that would allow curious people in the cosmos to put on headphones and glide through galaxies, traverse asteroid belts and witness the birth of stars. .

As his last timeless legacy, the theoretical physicist logged hours and hours of comments to be included in the experience, so that he could personally inspire a new generation of space scientists.

The project is being supervised by Anthony Geffen, the Bafta award-winning filmmaker, whose previous productions have included the resurrection of dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum so that visitors can interact with Sir David Attenborough.

When starting the experience at the London Science Museum, the CEO of Atlantic Productions stated that this will be like having a personal experience with the famous physicist with the entire universe as a company.

Logically, building an immersive experience is a time-consuming job, and unfortunately Hawking never lived to contemplate it.

What will this virtual reality experience be like?

T he first stage of the new Virtual Reality (VR) experience will allow visitors to fall into a black hole, but eventually it will be a great “choose your own adventure” adventure in which users will travel the universe with Professor Hawking as your guide.

In fact, the physicist logged several trips before his death and Geffen is working with experts like American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to make sure the science in VR experience is as accurate as possible.

Professor Hawking insisted that the show should not be limited to museums, but should be brought to shopping malls and other massive venues so that as many people as possible could witness the beauty of the universe. The idea is to create giant domes so that anyone almost anywhere can have access to the experience.

When will it be available?

Hawking’s VR experience will be made available to the public in early 2020 , along with a documentary on the physicist’s life, featuring family footage and never-before-released interviews with him and his family.

Stephen Hawking died in March 2018 at the age of 76 and was buried between scientists Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey (England).

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