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Author Topic: Celestia: Do the universe from the safety of your comfy desktop  (Read 826 times)

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Offline The OverlordTopic starter



Warning: Image intensive thread =)



Sometimes the coolest stuff on the web is the free stuff, and I've yet to beat this one.


Celestia

http://www.shatters.net/celestia

http://www.celestiamotherlode.net


Some of my own screens with Celestia-












































































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Re: Celestia: Do the universe from the safety of your comfy desktop
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 09:43:54 PM »
What was the 8th picture - it looked like a ringed planet with continents?

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Re: Celestia: Do the universe from the safety of your comfy desktop
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 03:29:55 AM »
What was the 8th picture - it looked like a ringed planet with continents?

It is. Itís supposed to be an inhabited terrestrial planet with a ring system. The Celestia Motherlode I linked has tons of add-ons for the program by numerous third party users, which I've installed many of.

Many are based on real astronomical objects, both in our star system and others, and some are based on the hypothetical appearance of known extraterrestrial planets. A good section is devoted to pure sci-fi: Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Space 1999, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and others.

The Orion's Arm and Arc Builder series are great for entire systems with beautifully developed planetary systems. Many of my posted screens come from them...plus a little Photoshopping in a few of them.

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Re: Celestia: Do the universe from the safety of your comfy desktop
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2009, 07:27:46 AM »
Nice!  I was thinking it was purely academic (which would be cool anyways) but this adds a whole new level of possibilities.

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Re: Celestia: Do the universe from the safety of your comfy desktop
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009, 07:34:46 AM »

I would say Celestia has a definite educational value. it also has no levels, no timers, no objectives; it's a totally freeform cosmic exploration tool. I've been using it for several years now...the first time I got on it, there were no lasers to shoot, no alien fleets to attack. Yet I spent four hours straight playing with it, hooked immediately. This one I recommend to anyone that even has a light interest in astronomy.