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Viewing the Night Sky with Linux, Part I: KStars

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| What's that super-bright star in the western sky after sunset? Was the moon
| full last night? Is Mars visible now? What time will the sun set on Saturday?
| Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder about it? Your Linux desktop has
| lots of astronomy programs that can help you explore the night sky. This
| article will start with the one that's easiest to use: KStars.



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, “Ooh, that's Saturn!”



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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