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Bringing the solar system to life in 3D with NASA

The solar system has always been “teaching” us. You can see it in the drawings of the constellations in the Lascaux Caves and the astronomy of the ancient world — all the way up to now, when NASA is helping people around the world to get a closer look at the universe through explorations like the Artemis moon mission or the new James Webb Space images. Starting today, you can learn even more from the solar system with new experiences on Google Search and Google Arts & Culture, thanks to NASA.

NASA and Google Arts & Culture have partnered to bring more than 60 3D models of planets, moons and NASA spacecraft to Google Search. When you use Google Search to learn about these topics, just click on the View in 3D button to understand the different elements of what you’re looking at even better. These 3D annotations will also be available for cells, biological concepts (like skeletal systems), and other educational models on Search.

And, when you are on your mobile phone, you can even use Augmented Reality to project these models into your space.

image of Earth and other space objects on a mobile phone

See the Earth and other planets in your space.

You can also dive deeper into these celestial bodies and learn about the scientific instruments NASA uses to study them. A new Google Arts & Culture project lets you explore the solar system, with stories about diamond rain on Neptune, gas giants and dwarf planets, Saturn’s moons, and NASA missions like the Parker Solar Probe or Landsat. NASA will even take you on a tour of the Hubble Telescope’s greatest images, show you what makes the International Space Station so extraordinary, and help you discover how the Mars Perseverance Rover is revealing our place in the universe.

So whether you’re a student learning about the solar system, or just want to get up close to the moon, we are thrilled to help NASA put the planets in the palm of your hand.