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Celestia 1.6.0

Celestia is a Astronomy tool for Home & Hobby, by Chris Laurel. The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Publisher:
Chris Laurel
Language:
Version:
1.6.0
Run on OS:
Multiple OS
License:
Freeware
Price:
Free
File type:
Unknow
File size:
33.80Mb
Updated on:
Dec 15, 2011
Reviews:
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Rating:
Softmenu rating: 6/10

Celestia 1.6.0 Reviews - by Softmenu Editor

It is one of the best Astronomy software that I have ever used for Home & Hobby.

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Software Description - by Publisher

This software description is given by Chris Laurel - the software publisher/developer, and almost no changes made by softmenu.

Full Description see below:

The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit. Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects. Features:* Added light from secondary sources (i.e. "planetshine") * Implemented depth sorting for markers so that they are correctly occluded by foreground objects. * Implemented code package rendering globular clusters * Implemented new cel URL version with observer position and orientation stored in frame coordinates (for forward compatibility) * Added a long term (+-5000 centuries) precession model for Earth based on work by Jan Vondrak * Improved celestial coordinate grids: - Added new grid types: ecliptic, horizontal, and galactic - Made grid resolution adapt to the field of view - Positioned coordinate labels at edges of field of view * Added animated selection indicator - Switches to direction pointer when the selection is off screen - Changes color when the selected object is occluded * Implemented more flexible system for reference marks and added new reference marks: - Planetographic grid - Terminator - VisibleRegion * Enabled display of the phase angle for the currently selected object * Improved eclipse rendering: correctly calculate depth and umbra radius for eclipses. * Improved star handling code so that stars can be placed more than 16k light years from Earth. * Switched to using sd prefix for hot subdwarfs per arXiv:0805.2567v1 * Added symbols for locationsNews:¡¤ Bug fixes ¡¤ Fix to admit absolute directory notation in VT ImageDirectory ¡¤ Implemented encoding of special characters when saving cel URLs ¡¤ Fixed flickering of models with missing texture coordinates ¡¤ Fixed appearance non-ellipsoid star geometry in pre-OGL2 render paths ¡¤ Improved appearance of point stars when multisample antialiasing is enabled ¡¤ Fix for crash when viewing a star barycenter in an empty system ¡¤ Fixed off by one error assertion testing for number of lights used by shaders ¡¤ Windows: fixed UTF8 bugs in tour guide, star browser, and context menu ¡¤ Fixed crash bug that was triggerred by xyz and xyzv files with duplicate ¡¤ times ¡¤ Fixed bug that caused dim stars in orbits distant from the primary to not ¡¤ be drawn. ¡¤ Fixed strange appearance of cloud textures at times in the distant ¡¤ past/future. ¡¤ Fixed memory leak in multiview handling ¡¤ Fixed ambient light in the ARB shader path ¡¤ Fixed bugs in comet rendering (corrects overbright coma) ¡¤ Fixed code to compile without errors with gcc 4.3; fixed som...

Supported Operating System:

Win98, WinME, Windows2000, Windows2003, WinXP, Linux, Mac OS X, WinNT 4.0

Running requirements

Need not extra requirement except the OS environments mentioned above.

Limitations

Please check the license above, if this is a freeware, it will be no limitation, else it may have the days or times limitation, please read the specifications attached with the download file carefully.

Tested virus free - Celestia has been tested to be a safe software on Dec 15, 2011.

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