ASTRONOMY INTERNET & SOFTWARE LINKS

NASA's LATEST:

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System   This web-based interactive program was presented to members by JPL's David Coppedge at the January 2011 meeting. With it you can see the current and future positions of every planet and moon in our system, do a fly-by, zoom in, and much more. Planets and moons are rendered using the latest data from NASA planetary probes.

The first thing you'll need to do when you click on the link is download Unity Web Player -- the site has instructions and will prompt you through the installation.


NASA's Eyes on the Earth  NASA's Global Climate Change Web site give the public the opportunity to "fly along" with NASA's fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.

Developed using a state-of-the-art, browser-based visualization technology, "Eyes on the Earth 3-D" displays the location of all of NASA's 15 currently operating Earth-observing missions in real time. These missions constantly monitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, global temperatures and extent of sea ice in the Arctic. .

Other Astronomy/Space related software:

Stellarium   is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Celestia   is a free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.

Virtual Moon Atlas   allows you to visualize the Moon surface at any date and time.

Orbitron   is a satellite tracking system for radio amateur and observing purposes. It shows the positions of satellites at any given moment.

Orbiter   is a realistic space simulation using proper physics for the modelling of planetary motion, gravitational fields, free space and atmospheric flight.

Sky Charts   is primarily for printing out skycharts for observing rather than a strict planetarium program.

Distant Suns   will take you from your home to the outer reaches of the Universe and back.


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