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Stellarium!

I just downloaded the free desktop planetarium Stellarium from Source Forge (on the high speed machine - the thing's 41 Meg in size) and installed it. I'm sure I've not found everything it can do, but it's proving a lot of fun to play with. I've run it forward to dates in the time of Nicolai's Cyberfur campaign (2130 or so), and back to the year 1000; I'm sure it'll go much further than that, but I haven't tried it yet. There are locations all over Earth to play with, and you can have a horizon or not as you please (the landscaping comes from several real world locations; I wish they'd included a desert but I may just not have figured out how to add one yet.) It's very much a "what you'd see if you were standing there" layout, from where you can click on a star/planet/moon for information about it. It's possible to show lunar phases or not, and there are a lot of other options I haven't played around with. So far, though, I like it!

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stauros
Jul. 11th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Stellarium is indeed wonderful. I happened across it a few months ago while setting up my parents' computer -- years ago, their old one had a night-sky program and Dad asked what had happened to it. I couldn't find the CD, and it probably wouldn't be compatible with WinXP anyhow, so I went hunting on download.com. Good old Cnet!
patoadam
Jul. 11th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing this out!
kitschaster
Jul. 11th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!


i am SO totally dling this when i get home. *whee*
ghostwolf
Jul. 12th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Have it downloaded; will install and check it out after the move. Thanks for pointing it out; I've been looking for something like this.
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