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[News] Free Astronomy on the Linux Desktop

  • Subject: [News] Free Astronomy on the Linux Desktop
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:28:35 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Free/Open-source Astronomy Software

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| Astronomy, considered as one of the oldest sciences, is the scientific study 
| of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets, and galaxies) and 
| phenomena that originate outside the Earth's atmosphere (such as the cosmic 
| background radiation).   


Explore the Universe from your Desktop with Celestia

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| Conclusion
| I haven't really discussed the details about what type of information 
| Celestia shows you. Obviously, you can set it to label stars, orbits, 
| planets, and other bodies; it will tell you the surface temperature and 
| luminosity of any object, its distance from any other object, and what class 
| planet or star something is. This is all really great information for 
| astronomers, and I have no doubt that this software will serve as a useful 
| tool for anyone in that profession or field of study. But Celestia is great 
| even for those who are just interested in space and the Universe. Celestia 
| lets travel millions of light years without ever leaving home        


Many screesnhots.


Fun with free software astronomy

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| Being a devoted backseat observer to the evolution of the Universe in
| general and GNU/Linux software in specific, I thought it was time to
| show off what I consider to be the elite of desktop elegance.


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