Big Bang AR 4+

The story of our universe


    • 4.5 • 195 Ratings
    • Free



Join Tilda Swinton and CERN scientists on an epic journey through the birth and evolution of the universe. Discover how space, time and the visible universe came to be.

Join Tilda Swinton and CERN scientists on an epic interactive journey through the birth and evolution of the universe - in mixed reality. Go back in time 13.8 billion years and discover how space, time and the visible universe came to be.

See the universe form in the palm of your hand. Witness the formation of the very first stars, our solar system, and the planet we call home. Immerse yourself in the primordial mystery of the early universe in space and watch events unfold around you, in your own physical environment.

Learn about the microscopic building blocks that make up everything - and everyone - we know, and find out if we really are made of stars.

See the universe form as you stretch out your hand in front of your camera. Create the very first particles and atoms. Make a star explode, create a supernova and explore the nebula. See our solar system come together and hold the Earth in the palm of your hand.

Find out how we are made from stars, take a #starselfie and share it with your friends.

This app has options for subtitles.

Augmented reality experiences require battery power- please make sure your device is fully charged before playing this AR experience.

To show you where you are on Earth, Big Bang AR needs permission to access your location. The app also needs access to the camera and photo gallery on your device for the AR experience to work, and to save photos directly to your device. This data remains anonymous and will not be stored or shared externally from your device.

Big Bang AR is a collaboration between CERN and Google Arts & Culture. With special thanks to Rolf Landua, Head of Global Engagement, CERN, and production partner Nexus Studios.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

Wolfie The Lycanroc ,

Am I doing something wrong (YEP)

I love the idea and concept of this app. I have wanted to see the Big Bang in AR action for some time. However, as soon as I open the app, I get a black background with a white text reading Missing. I cannot advance further from there. May you please explain what I’m doing incorrectly so I can play the game? Thanks.

Update. There was a setting I didn’t activate, and now the app in its entirety has been downloaded, please pardon me.

Now that that’s fixed, here’s what I truly think.

This is perhaps the most steadiest AR game I have ever found. Most that I have checked out and tried are very inaccurate and shaky, and sometimes doesn’t work. The visuals we’re very steady and well balanced.

The graphics were just plain beautiful. The narration was flowing and the story in general took me to many different places.

Although I loved the interaction with the elements of the Big Bang, I kind of wished that you could do more with them aside from tapping them once. Perhaps give a bit a trivia if it’s tapped more than once.

The biggest negative of this app’s plot is that the story felt too short. I wish to have explored the many vast formations in greater detail.

Overall, the music and elements were well done, despite the quick story. But for an app with no ads, this was perfect in many ways.

Harmony_Wallace ,

This is what we’ve been waiting for.

I’ve only been through the first chapter, but I’m already certain learning cosmology will never be the same. It’s amazing something like this hasn’t been created already. And Tilda was a nice touch. It’s absolutely amazing! I think everyone with a smart phone should download this and learn about our universe. Go Google and CERN!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

R._Rivera ,

Absolutely Incredible

This is just about the coolest AR experience that I’ve seen on a handheld device. Incredible full screen detail and rich high fidelity audio give way to immersion into the incredible story of our universe. This and add to the fact that this is all for free is pretty incredible. Do yourself a favor if you have an AR capable device, download and enjoy!

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