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Exploring Space with Celestia

Jul 15, 2008, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Diehl)

"Celestia doesn't tie you to the surface of the Earth, but instead allows you to fly around the Universe in a First Person perspective. You can travel at any speed you wish and can even change the rate at which time progresses in the simulation. All of the planets and moons have realistic orbits and are accurately rendered using very accurate textures. Many of the known asteroids and comets, such as Hale Bopp, are rendered using information from NASA. The user interface allows you to follow an object as it travels through space. By speeding up the simulation, you can follow the orbit of Saturn around the Sun, as seen from Titan, one of Saturn's moons, for example."

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