Celestia 3D Space Simulation Software For Linux / Windows / OS X

Posted on in Categories Debian Linux, Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux last updated October 15, 2009

Celestia is a real-time visual space simulation astronomy program. It is a cross platform, open source software and released under the GNU General Public License. NASA and ESA have used Celestia in their educational and for interfacing to trajectory analysis software. It allows users to travel through an extensive universe, modeled after reality, at any speed, in any direction and at any time in history. Celestia displays and interacts with objects ranging in scale from artificial satellites to entire galaxies in three dimensions using OpenGL. It is a perfect software for astronomer, educator, student, and teacher for astronomy purpose.

Humor: Firefox Logo in Deep Space

Posted on in Categories Humor, Mozilla last updated April 12, 2008

I, for one, would like to welcome our new Mozilla Firefox overload directly from deep space ;)

V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) is a variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun. The star experienced a major outburst in early 2002. Originally believed to be a typical nova eruption, it was then realized to be something completely different. The reason for the outburst is still uncertain, but several theories have been put forward, including an eruption related to stellar death processes and a merger of a binary star or planets.

On January 10, 2002, a previously unknown star was seen to brighten up in Monoceros, the Unicorn. Being a new variable star, it was designated V838 Monocerotis, the 838th variable star of Monoceros.

(Fig. 01: Monocerotis as Firefox logo (Image credit NASA and Wired blog)

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