What makes 3DAstronomer so extraordinary?
As children, we dream of someday exploring the great unknown: the vast universe beyond our earth’s atmosphere. Unless you are an astronaut of can shell out 100,000 dollars to catch a ride into space, chances are the closest you will ever get to the stars is your own back yard on a clear night. Until now. We are excited to introduce our first-of-its-kind space simulator, 3DAstronomer. Now you can explore the wonders of the universe- and you
can do it safely in the comfort of your own home. 3DAstronomer is like Google Earth, but for the entire solar system and beyond. We have taken data gathered by the European Space Agency, including imagery, telemetry, and positional data for planet, asteroids and stars, and mapped it in 3D. The program is easy to use, with basic settings a child can manipulate. The program is suitable for educational purposes, for space enthusiasts, and professional astronomers or astrophysicists. Get up close and personal with the red sands of Mars, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, or the blazing surface of the sun. Visit the searing surface of Venus and view it in a panoramic 360° vista. There has never been a space simulator program like 3DAstronomer. It can take you anywhere in space you want to go, and show you the wonder, beauty and the vastness of our galaxy… and beyond.
First of all, unlike most planetarium software, 3DAstronomer doesn’t confine you to the surface of the earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
Second, 3DAstronomer is the most realistic program out there! Its realistically plotted celestial objects orbit the sun in real-time. Every conceivable object floating in space has been added to the 3dAstronomer program, including all of the planets and their moons. The program even contains the catalog of 3,840 near-earth asteroids (NEAs) to observe as they blaze through space. Witness all of these objects in three dimensions, from various points of view, while traveling through space in real-time or at hyper-speed.
Finally, 3DAstronomer is committed to staying ahead of the game, bringing its users cutting-edge astronomical discoveries. 3DAstronomer was designed to grow as our knowledge of the universe grows; there is no end to what we can discover.
3DAstronomer, our brand new and inimitable space simulation program, takes you into the vast expanse of outer space with the click of a mouse. With the default program, you can visit any of the program’s catalogued objects and “fly” directly to it. You can soar to the edge of the dark side of the moon, take a close look at the eye of Jupiter, and examine the dusty rings of Saturn. With the basic program, you can visit all of the planets and
their moons, the sun’s fiery surface, and other celestial objects in our galaxy, and you can do it in three dimensions. The catalogue even includes objects, like stars, outside of our solar system. The truly adventurous should know that 3DAstronomer is expandable. Space goes on and on and on and 3D Astronomer allows you to experience that. The program comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft to view in close proximity. And if that’s not enough, you can download dozens of easy-to-install add-ons with even more objects. You will find that 3DAstronomer grows with you as you learn more about the program, and more about the great expanse of outer space. Add-on packages keep a space-junkie in a perpetual state of amazement and wonder.
3DAstronomer is going to change the way we look at space. Its easy interface allows students young and old to explore the universe in real-time, or in fast-time, roaring through the stars in hyper-speed. How easy is it to manipulate time? Very easy! In the left upper corner of the screen, there is information about the selected object. Located in the lower left hand corner is the speed of your travel. If the line is at zero, you are moving in real-time and nothing will appear to be changing. Remember, the rotation of the earth and revolution around the sun cannot be sensed as we are standing on the earth: the same is true in this real-time simulation program. Simply adjust the speed of your travel and learn the unbelievable size and magnitude of our universe firsthand! Learn how long it would take a shuttle to get to the far expanses of the galaxy. The program even allows you to chronicle each journey you make from the surface of the earth to any object in space.
Who exactly was 3DAstronomer made for?
The answer is, simply, everyone. The program holds limitless possibilities. Children can quickly decipher the straightforward interface and can easily manipulate the basic program. Amateur astronomers and hobbyists will stand amazed as they continue to learn what the program is capable of. But 3DAstronomer is not only for the amateur astronomers, but professionals and educators, as well. 3dAstronomer is a superb tool for educational purposes and enthusiastic astronomers as it contains additional data available in overlays and labels, such as planet names and constellations. The highly configurable display features let you add or remove detail at will. Moving around through the solar system and beyond to other galaxies can be achieved using a combination of keyboard shortcuts, or with a click of the mouse. 3DAstronomer is a 3D space simulator as well as a 3D astronomical database. Astronomers and astrophysicists will marvel at the quick retrieval of information via 3DAstronomer. 3DAstronomer can provide both purely recreational voyages and serious voyages into the outer space. It is the most versatile space simulation program ever created.
The History of Space Exploration
3DAstronomer is a tribute to both space exploration’s past and future. This program could never have been made without the courageous efforts those who dared to ask what was in the great unknown. Space exploration changed the way we look at the stars in the sky, and it also changed our visual perception of planet Earth. Consider the amazing feats of space exploration within the past 60 years: In the 1950s, satellites revolutionized weather forecasting when they began beaming home television images of cloud patterns. In the 19700s, astronaut photography showed the space images of the earth for the first time in true color- the so-called “Blue Marble” representation of our planet. Since 1972, satellite sensors have been acquiring atmosphere, land, ice, and ocean data with increasing spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution. These satellite remote sensing systems, like NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS) help us to understand and monitor Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological processes. With 3DAstronomer, you will have the chance to look upon the earth as if you were hovering above the atmosphere. See for yourself the images that have helped us better understand our planet.
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