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[News] Virtually All Windows + Astronomy Applications to Run in GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Virtually All Windows + Astronomy Applications to Run in GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2009 09:13:26 +0000
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Interstellar overdrive - Linux and astronomy

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| Desktop astronomy has become more 
| accessible over the last few years as 
| hardware and software have come down in 
| price. For an outlay not much greater than 
| a top of the range PC it is possible to put 
| together a CCD powered telescope that is 
| more than adequate for hunting comets or 
| prospecting for asteroids which are still 
| popular pastimes among amateur astronomers. 
| This optical hardware can be augmented by a 
| substantial range of free software to 
| process the raw images and guide amateur 
| astronomers on where to look and what to 
| see.


Shutter screenshot tool updated

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| After 15 weeks of development, the Shutter 
| Project developers have released version 
| 0.85 of their open source screenshot tool. 
| Shutter (originally know as GScrot) is a 
| feature-rich application for Linux that 
| allows users to use a range of criteria to 
| specify an area of their display, take a 
| screenshot and then apply different 
| effects. Once the grab and edit is 
| completed, the tool gives users the option 
| to upload the image to an image hosting 
| site. The latest release includes a number 
| of improvements and new features.



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).  


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        

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