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    rehanjamshed@hotmail.com wrote:

    Laptop projectors are commonly used at astronomy club meetings to
    display presentations. In my area, they are occassionally used for the
    type of display that you are referring to. The following are some
    freeware options may be useful for generating the type of presentation
    that you are considering. Some, like Partview (know called the
    "Digital Universe") are not simple to run. Except the JPL simulator,
    these are all true 3-D software packages:

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    Celestia - Solar Systema and near space in 3-D
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    http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/celestia/ (alternate source)
    http://www.shatters.net/forum/ (Celestia forum)

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    NASA JPL Solar System Simulator
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    (online, not portable - but good for generating custom Sol planetary
    images, including most of the moons around solar system planets.)
    http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/

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    Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) Galaxy Explorer: Known galaxies in 3-D
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    This tool enables an interactive, video game-like fly through of the 3D
    galaxy distribution in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This tool runs
    under Windows, requires DirectX8.0 or higher, and a graphics card
    supporting 3D.
    http://cas.sdss.org/dr3/en/help/down...x2/default.asp

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    Hayden Planetarium's Digital Universe Partview: The Milky Way in 3-D
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    (with a separate Extra-galactic database, Galaxies in 3-D)
    http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/
    http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/hp/vo/du/index.html
    (Partview is difficult to learn and run, but comprehensive and
    technically accurate)

    As to astro movie making you might want to look at a couple of DVDs
    available through Amazon.com called "Stargazer" and "Stargazer II".
    These are built around publically available Hubble Space Telescope
    images and may give you some technique ideas. These "movies" are built
    around NASA still shots - with the camera panning across the still shot
    to make animate it.

    Do not discount the potential to use pubically available NASA space
    telescope images - many of which are simply amazing. A smattering of
    sites includes:

    NASA. 2005. The Hubble Space Telescope: Astronomy Images
    (Website)http://hubble.nasa.gov/multimedia/astronomy.php

    Space Telescope Sci. Institute. 2005. Hubblesite. (Website - NASA
    outreach contractor)
    http://hubblesite.org/

    NASA-GSFC, Univ. of Michigan. 2005. Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
    Archive Index. (Website)
    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html

    NASA. 2005. CGRO Archive Site.
    http://cossc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/cgro/index.html

    Harvard-Smithsonian. 2005. Chandra X-Ray Observatory Site.
    http://chandra.harvard.edu/

    NASA. 2005. IRAS Homepage.
    http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/IRASdocs/iras.html

    NASA IPAC. 2005. IRAS Image Gallery.
    http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/Outreach...asgallery.html

    Bennett, C.L. et al. 2003. First Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy
    Probe (WMAP) Observations: Preliminary Maps and Basic Results.
    Astrophys.J.Suppl. 148 (2003) 1
    http://lambda.gsfc.nasa.gov/product/...ic_results.pdf

    Caltech. 2005. Spitzer Infra-red Space Telescope Homepage.
    http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/spitzer/

    NASA-ESA. 2005. SOHO Website.
    http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

    NASA. 2005. TRACE Hompage.
    http://trace.lmsal.com/

    and also a couple of the modern great all-sky surveys:

    Caltech. 2005. 2Mass Sky Survey
    Homepage.http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/ov...bout2mass.html

    SDSS. 2005. Sloan Digital Sky Survey Homepage.
    http://www.sdss.org/

    My own personal favorites are all-sky Milkway pictures, like ones from
    2MASS:

    http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/ga...llskyatlas.jpg

    and IRAS:

    http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/Outreach...AS/allsky.html

    and Alex Mellinger's classic visual-spectrum all-sky:

    http://canopus.physik.uni-potsdam.de/~axm/mwpan_vr.html

    - Canopus56

    (P.S. The Trace movie images of the Sun will really blow your
    socks-off. They are like flying over the surface of the Sun in a
    futuristic 25th century shuttle.)


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    Glad you found something you enjoyed. It's amazing what NASA does with
    U.S. tax dollars and what many generous programmers have given to the
    amateur community. - Canopus56


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    Glad you found something you enjoyed. It's amazing what NASA does with
    U.S. tax dollars and what many generous programmers have given to the
    amateur community. - Canopus56


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    rehanjamshed@hotmail.com wrote:

    If you are under Linux, have you tried XEphem ?????

    An excellent program, and Cartes Du Ciel ver 3.0.9
    is written for linux also, between the two, you will be
    covered for a long time to come.

    I agree Celestia is a beautiful program !!!




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