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NewsForge: Open Source Software Looks Skyward

Jun 09, 2005, 03:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Spain)

"The open source software movement is making the leap from the desktop to the stars with applications like Virtual Moon Atlas, Stellarium, and Celestia. Amateur astronomers use these programs to identify lunar features, chart celestial bodies for observing sessions, and take users on virtual tours of the universe.

"Since my old 60-millimeter telescope is a tad small for observing deep space objects like galaxies, my journey started with one small step to the moon..."

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