Supercomputers help Exeter reach for the stars

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| "Astronomers tend to use Unix or Linux-based operating systems for their
| work, pretty much exclusively. A lot of our code tends to be written for
| those operating systems and we don't write code for Microsoft Windows," said
| Bate.
|
| Surprisingly though, the actual code that Bate has written to perform the
| analysis on the simulations is written in Fortran, which could be run under
| either Windows or Linux. But because his program has to interact with other
| analysis packages that are Linux based, this has dictated its use as the de
| facto operating system.
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http://www.computerweekly.com/Articl...-the-stars.htm


Recent:

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). *
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http://junauza.blogspot.com/2008/02/...-software.html


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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http://www.techthrob.com/tech/celestia.php


Related:

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.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...onomy_software