Thanks to Gaia, Tycho and other star catalogues, we have 535,248,573,996 bytes of data with which to paint the sky. Here's a sample of what you might see when entering Astrophotography Mode in our simulation of the northern skies. Read More.
A new feature for our virtual planetarium is the inclusion of the deep sky objects. The biggest and brightest to start with, and many more to be steamed your way in future. We begin with Open Clusters and Globular Clusters, like Messier 13 seen in this black and white screen shot. Read More.
One can watch the planets wander around the sun at a million times normal speed, and/or fly through the solar system on a virtual spacecraft. Here we see a static shot of the solar system, with all the planets, Sun, Moon and some of the Jovian and Saturnian moons too. In the background, we see the Milky Way. Read More.
It's not just about simulating the stars and the planets, but it is also about simulating phenomena closer to home. Here we see a simulation of light pollution while looking at the constellation Orion. Five vertical slices simulate, from left to right: a dark sky site, rural/countryside, suburban, town and city. Read More.
The 2017 total solar eclipse as it appears from Earth, and from space showing its shadow as appears on the surface of planet Earth. Read More.
Back in March 2015, a total solar eclipse occurred over the Faroe Islands. Some amazing images were taken. But what did it look like from space? Read More.
Just set the date to witness some of the most cosmic planetary ballets that can be seen from Earth—the interplay between Jupiter's giant moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Read More.
Expect to see bright blue skies in the middle of the day and sunset and sunrise effects at dusk and dawn. Read More.
Whether you are excited by eclipses, have a taste for transits, or you're oriented towards occultations, we will be able to offer them all. Read More.
You are no longer stuck on planet Earth. Travelling through the solar system is a new feature, letting you fly over the rings of saturn. Read More.
With improved textures and digital elevation modelling, the Moon looks more realistic than ever. Read More.
You will be able to view 2.5 million stars from our stellar database. However, our new architecture means that you will not be limited to viewing a few hundred at a time. Read More.
On our list of exciting things to come over the next two or three months are: the Milky Way – with more than a billion stars to see; the moons of Saturn; periodic comets; the asteroid belt; and some of the more easy-to-see deep sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy and the Orion Nebula.