A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

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A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby ecker2011 » Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:24 pm

I have been communicating with an individual by the name of Carl Martin who is the creator of the software package Stars in the Neighborhood.
I have in another thread talked about and posted a link to that particular software package. He has been thinking of expanding it to a
3-D stellar navigation system for a computer game. We have been discussing ways to increase the reliability of distances of stars. When he
wrote the program accuracy of star location was only up to about 126 pc. it is now gone way beyond that and are improving up to 10,000 pc.
a satellite launched in 2010 called Gaia is in orbit now measuring stars to that distance and creating a 3-D stellar catalog.
Here is a link to the website for that particular satellite.
http://sci.esa.int/gaia/old stopped at

For information about how to calculate distances between stars here is a website that discusses how it is done.

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/astronomy/distance.html

When more information is available I will post it here to keep everyone informed as to the development of this navigation system.

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Re: A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby ecker2011 » Sun May 22, 2016 11:58 am

My friend Carl Martin who is the author of the 3-D astronomy software called stars in the neighborhood has uploaded a new video
which tells about how his life was altered into the interest of astronomy and other worlds. Very well done video and I think everyone should take a look at it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0xf66D6OVA
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Re: A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby Linda Brown » Sun May 22, 2016 9:18 pm

Thank you JESS for finding this really wonderful information!

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Re: A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby nate » Mon May 23, 2016 4:24 am

Hi Jess. There are a few 3D starmap sites out there - I remember searching a while back, again for computer game inspiration.

Winchell Cho's Atomic Rockets / Project Rho site, as always, is a great resource: http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/starmaps/

Here's a cute little one in Javascript, done for a game (hence the fictional 'wormhole' and 'station' elements - game designers LOVE wormholes because they make for easily visualisable strategic maps) but based on the real stars within 20 lightyears, our comfortable quiet little stellar neighbourhood. Turn off Wormholes and you can see Sol there at the middle and get a sense for where the locals are in 3D space as it rotates.

http://ovid.github.io/

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Re: A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby ecker2011 » Mon May 23, 2016 12:59 pm

Yes Nate I do know about those others that you have mentioned but this one goes out above thousand light years and the center position can be placed on any star system.
You are able to pick the star classification that you want to show plus you can measure the distance between one star system and another. When Carl created this program
he was able to use several NASA star catalogs but they are not where near as good as the new one that is coming out shortly if it has not already been released.
The new star catalog has more than 1 million stars and goes out to about 30,000 light years with much improved star distances than the one that Carl originally used.
Several months ago I make contact with him via email and discussed with him of creating his program into a full-fledged three-dimensional star navigation system.
He had told me that he had always thought of doing something like that as for a game so will see what he is able to come up with. He is teaching a class in computer programming
so will have to see if he is able to squeeze in the time to do this project.

If you have not actually seen this program I highly recommend it it cost only 19.95 to purchase it online. A link to the website that I am linking here will be down for maintenance on May 24
so if you're not able to see it today check back with it after that date.

http://spacesoftware.net/

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Re: A 3-D Galactic stellar navigation system

Postby nate » Tue May 24, 2016 2:42 am

Hi Jess. That does look like a well designed program. Lots of interesting data for finding our way in the local universe.

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