Become the first human ever to visit other galaxies by running millions of light-years in what feels like 5 kilometers!
You’ve volunteered for the human trials of an intergalactic device that’s powered by your feet and defies the laws of physics. You will set out on a journey of discovery, meeting real galaxies in the cosmos and learning what makes them unique. If the technology holds together, your 5K trip will conclude with a visit to a supermassive black hole from which there is no escape! Hooray!
Race Through Space
Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition is a fitness experience designed to not only teach you about different celestial bodies but also to give you a sense of their actual distance, where 5 kilometers becomes proportional to 54.8 million light-years. The journey begins in the Milky Way, which is more than a tasty candy bar but is also our home galaxy. You’ll run 9,000 light-years per step through various galaxies with names like Sombrero, Needle, Black Eye, and Whirlpool, culminating in a visit to the first black hole that has ever been photographed by humans, the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy called M87.
The app is free to download. Run or walk it anytime, or join hundreds of other run-astronauts on October 17th to complete the journey. Anyone who completes the race and posts on social can access the Science ATL Store to purchase the Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition shirts and a “54.8 million light-year” sticker.
Here’s what you can do next:
The Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition app is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.
You can’t travel all the way to a black hole without having a shirt to show for it! Pick up a shirt and other race merch.
Your donation helps us continue to create out-of-this-world public science programs like the Race Through Space.
We Are Grateful to:
Robbie Q. Telfer
music & sound editing
The Neighborhood Studio
graphics & marketing
Georgia Space Grant Consortium
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