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prometheus
05-08-2012, 10:25 AM
I just found this and havenīt seen it before, pretty cool and slick, got loads of stars in there, so you can click most of the stars it seems and middle klick to focus and scroll mouse to zoom in on the objects, stars as well as planets moons and nebulas, and it has images of many nebulas and planets when zooming in.

You can set location, different type of display modes, turn of ground, search
for a specific object in a browser etc.

And itīs all open source and free...go and find some stargates if you can:)

http://www.stellarium.org/

very neat.

paulhart
05-08-2012, 11:10 AM
Yes, It is fun and engaging. I have had it on my system for awhile now and find it to be a welcome reference for my star gazing questions.
Paul

shrox
05-08-2012, 11:13 AM
Cool, stuff like this is great.

Have you seen Celestia? It's a full space sim, very detailed and open source as well.

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

Titus
05-08-2012, 11:27 AM
AFAIK Celestia = Stellarium.

Edit: I was confused by another Stellarium fork.

One cool Stellarium feature is the dome projection mode. You can script a story and use it as a planetarium.

shrox
05-08-2012, 11:47 AM
AFAIK Celestia = Stellarium.

Edit: I was confused by another Stellarium fork.

One cool Stellarium feature is the dome projection mode. You can script a story and use it as a planetarium.

I have never been to a "real" planetarium, I'll go one day though. Celestia is not Earth based, you can fly through the cosmos as well as observe from the ground.

Titus
05-08-2012, 12:15 PM
I have never been to a "real" planetarium, I'll go one day though. Celestia is not Earth based, you can fly through the cosmos as well as observe from the ground.

Old planetariums have projections of thousands of tiny light points. New planetariums (planetaria?) are 360° film projections. Now you can travel thru space and visit gas clouds and stuff like that.

rcallicotte
05-09-2012, 04:41 AM
Great link. Thanks. Already had it marked!

inkpen3d
05-09-2012, 06:57 AM
:agree:Stellarium is a great tool - I use it quite a bit to plan observing sessions with my telescope (that is, when it's not cloudy/raining here in the UK). My wife also uses it at school when teaching the astronomy/cosmology sections of her A-level physics course.

Another great (and free) application to check out is Universe Sandbox (http://universesandbox.com/) if you like having fun playing god and colliding galaxies together!:D

prometheus
05-09-2012, 07:12 AM
:agree:Stellarium is a great tool - I use it quite a bit to plan observing sessions with my telescope (that is, when it's not cloudy/raining here in the UK). My wife also uses it at school when teaching the astronomy/cosmology sections of her A-level physics course.

Another great (and free) application to check out is Universe Sandbox (http://universesandbox.com/) if you like having fun playing god and colliding galaxies together!:D

Exactly, I got the Universe Sandbox demo lying around too, mostly to check planetary data, moon data etc, havenīt had time to test sims thou before it expired.
Would have been awesome if you could extract out high quality images or animations from the galaxy sims or similar, that meaning a huge amount of particle iteration or resolution.

Im still looking for more of these types of astronomical encoclypedia with
interactivity.

Michael

K-Dawg
05-09-2012, 07:54 AM
I've had Celestia installed on my Linux for a few years now and one cool thing is, you can install plugins and visit the Star Wars and/or Star Trek Universes.

Celestia isn't only for educational purposes but also for entertainment.

http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

Just in case you didn't know.

prometheus
05-09-2012, 11:52 AM
I just installed celestia and checked...It is quite cool too, I would like to have celestias navigation,textures and even distorted moon shapes, bookmarking etc but in the UI and display of stellarium, that would be awesome.

I would like to have a list modul in encyclopedia style where you can choose stars, nebulas,planets, etc. none of these seem to provide that except for search functions?

Michael

shrox
05-09-2012, 12:26 PM
All of these are cool, thanks for the links.