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Mark Zuckerberg met a renowned astrophysicist in the metaverse and explored the applications of VR in education

Virtual reality technology can dramatically change education, and Mark Zuckerberg met up in the metaverse with Neil deGrasse Tyson to take a closer look at images from the James Webb Telescope.

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When Mark Zuckerberg presented the revolutionary idea of ​​the metaverse as the future of the internet, one of the strengths he named was the potential of Virtual Reality (VR) to change education.

Although face-to-face education is irreplaceable and much more fruitful than a virtual class, education has always incorporated technology as it offers enriching resources that can improve the student’s experience.

Experts in these new technologies claim that the metaverse will revolutionize education . For example, with virtual reality  you can go to the virtual interior of a human body to study its biology, see the solar system to study the planets and the components of the universe, visit Egypt or even go to a representation of ancient Rome and tour its streets to see their way of organization in society. These few examples pose a revolution in education that would radically change the way of learning.

Mark Zuckerberg met with legendary astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in the metaverse  to explore new images from the James Webb Telescope. “Education in the metaverse is going to be awesome,” Zuckerberg commented .

“I’m here with Neil deGrasse Tyson , renowned astrophysicist and host of the popular Startalk. So what has all this told us about the universe that we didn’t know?” Zuckerberg asks . “It is opening a window to the universe that we did not have access to before. So for me, the future of the James Webb Telescope is not what questions it can answer that we have already asked. It is what questions it will answer that we do not yet know how to ask,” explains the astrophysicist. 

“Now, this is the gas that was given off in the death stages of a star. And the little bit of light that you see in the middle is left on a star once it has left its outer layers,” Neil deGrasse Tyson described on one of the incredible images captured by the James Webb Telescope and looks like a huge luminous eye floating in the vast void of the cosmos.

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CPHOTO: NASA WEBB TELESCOPE

“Those are stars sitting right under our noses here in our Milky Way galaxy,” describes the renowned astrophysicist on another of the images. “What are, more or less, the spots between the galaxies? For example, if you look at the arc over there,” the CEO of Meta asked him. “Each speck in this image that doesn’t have spikes is a distant galaxy, like our own.”

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PHOTO: NASA WEBB TELESCOPE

Asked what he thought of this experience of being immersed in the metaverse and floating in the universe thanks to virtual reality , deGrasse Tyson replied that “anywhere you hadn’t gone before because you couldn’t, or you just read about it, now you can. come in, I don’t see why that wouldn’t be the best option.

Mark Zuckerberg is very interested in whether virtual reality and metaverse technology could be useful to education. Neil deGrasse Tyson shares that the applications of these technologies are clearly limitless.

Studying with  virtual reality  can become an immersive and interactive experience never seen before. Education in the  metaverse  can offer valuable educational resources for the student to learn in the best possible way.