posted on Sep, 10 2005 @ 02:42 PM
Absolutely. Do a google search for a program called "Stellarium". It can do exactly what you are describing for planets, stars, and major
astronomical bodies. I did run into problems when I tried to go far into the past, though, so if your goal is to test the alignments of stars over
the pyramids at 10000 B.C, this program won't work, unless you figure out some way that I couldn't.
Stellarium allows configuration where you can enter any latitude/longitude on the planet, and also you can configure the time you want. (future or
past, although there are limits how far away you can look) The output of the program is a night sky map where you can see where all the visible
objects in the sky are, and you can click on them to get details and exact locations (i.e. azimuthal angle, etc) about where to find them in real
There are other programs out there that do the same thing, but since Stellarium did everything I wanted to, except the long-range time thing, I
didn't bother trying others. Stellarium is really easy to use; a child could figure it out.