Celestia  1.6.1

June 10, 2011
Freeware - GNU  (GPLv2)
32 MB  
Operating System
MS Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/7
Video Capture and Processing Utility
Installation After download celestia-win32-1.6.1.exe Run Install


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Celestia 1.6.1
Celestia is a space simulation that allows you to travel within the solar system, out to the stars, and beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Possible destinations include over 100,000 stars, nearly one hundred solar system destinations, and sixty recently-discovered extrasolar planets. Celestia uses OpenGL to render realistic real-time animations of space travel.

Description From JCDiaz.Net
For free software, Celestia is extremely complete. It has a wealth of demos, online and offline user guides, a wiki, a forum and even a Wikipedia entry! It is just as well that all this help is available, however, because it is not a particularly easy program to use. In theory, you navigate around the universe by using the mouse or the keyboard. Right-clicking on an object (such as a planet) will bring up various options, while in the tool bar you can perform more complex tasks, such as searching for Bayer designations, taking videos, tracking objects and configuring options. Although all that sounds pretty normal, it is not as easy as it seems.
I found the controls to be jerky and non-intuitive, and despite spending a fair amount of time playing around with it, didn't manage to get it working as well as I suspect it can. Briefly reading the manuals didn't help either, and I think that to get the most out of Celestia, you would have to put some serious research in.
Also if you have a TV card installed on your computer, then you can record your favourite shows and episodes. The application also has a 'List of Tasks', which allows you to schedule the program to do several task, without you needing to be on the computer. If you are looking for an simple way of capturing videos, then we recommend that you use this utility to do so.



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Celestia Useful  Links

 Celestia Home

 Celestia Documentation

 Celestia Motherlode

 Celestia Resources



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