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Fun Little Astronomy Toy

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posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 02:30 PM

It was featured on Jay is Games, thought it was a neat little stargazing toy.

It's from the same guy who made Flash Earth.

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 02:38 PM
Once I realized that you just click again to stop the spinning, I found this quite interesting.

Is a great beginner site to learn the stars and constellations.


posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 02:40 PM
reply to post by RuneSpider

Nice rune...

More than fun to a novice as myself, who needs these tools to better understand our 'surroundings'...

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 02:42 PM
Stellarium is another freeware planetarium type program, but a little more advanced.

It is an open source program like Open office, that many contributors add to it.

Very cool program.

posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 06:36 PM
Personally, I find the best program that I've come across lately to be Celestia. It's a low-resource 3-D rendering of the known universe, allowing you to zoom in and trace not only the paths of the space shuttle, ISS, Cassini, and other man-made objects, but to zoom out to the farthest reaches of our known Galactic neighborhood.

The program itself is rather small, and there are a ton of add-on available for it all free of charge under open-source. You can also run scripts with it, making it a research tool as well as neat toy for those interested in really coming to grips with where we are in the universe.

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