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[News] A Detailed Look at Stellarium and Other Educational Programs for GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] A Detailed Look at Stellarium and Other Educational Programs for GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2009 19:57:29 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Gaze at the stars with Stellarium

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| We have had lots of programs featured here on Dedoimedo, but we never really 
| focused on educational software. Until today. I'm going to present 
| Stellarium, a beautiful, pleasant, addictive open-source planetarium 
| software.    
| [...]
| Stellarium is a young application. Still, it already shows many exciting, 
| promising features that will surely help it grab wider and wider audience. 
| Stellarium is a great choice for the final frontier fans. It can also help 
| hobbyist astronomers, physics students and seems like an excellent way of 
| getting children hooked into science.     


Go Back to School With Linux: Part Three

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| Today marks the final installment in our series that takes a look at 
| educational versions of popular Linux distributions ideal for students 
| returning to class in the next few weeks. We've already talked about Edubuntu 
| and openSUSE Education, so today let's take a look at Debian Jr.   



Stellarium â Planetarium for the Masses

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| Some softwares are just too fun to be let go off and this weekend I
| discovered Stellarium, a free, open source planetarium software that shows
| a ârealistic sky in 3Dâ. Stellarium is designed from ground up as a simple,
| easy to use, open source software to observe and learn about the breath
| taking beauty of the night sky.


Viewing the Night Sky with Linux, Part III: Stellarium and Celestia Take You

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| Celestia is worth a look. But for beautiful views of the night sky,
| Stellarium is the application of choice. It's almost like the real thing.


Viewing the Night Sky with Linux, Part II: Visit the Planets With

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| Part I of this series covered a simple Linux planetarium program, KStars.
| But there are some questions KStars isn't very good at answering, like the
| question that began Part I: "What the heck are those really bright 'stars' in
| the sunset sky?" For viewing closeups of planets, monitoring the motion of
| the planets, getting precise predictions of events like eclipses, and other
| such information, you'll do better with a more powerful tool: XEphem.
| XEphem is the oldest and arguably the best-known of the Linux planetarium
| programs. It's not included in most Linux distributions due to its license
| terms, but its source is available to download and the program is free for
| personal, educational or research use. You can buy it, too: $69.95 gets you a
| pre-compiled version of the program plus three CDs worth of extra data files
| that aren't in the free version. It's worth it if you're a sky junkie like I
| am.


Exploring Space with Celestia

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| I've found Celestia to be a lot of fun and extremely educational. My two sons
| enjoy being able to visit the planets in our Solar System. As a parent, it's
| satisfying to navigate to a planet on the computer and hear one of my sons
| exclaim, âOoh, that's Saturn!â



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.


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). Â


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    Â

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