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Gaia Sky – A comprehensive tool for learning about the universe

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Gaia Sky is a free, open-source and cross-platform (based on Java) 3D astronomy visualization software developed by ZAHUniversität Heidelberg from Germany. It is designed to map about 1 billion fixed stars in the Milky Way where our planet is located, based on the framework of ESA‘s Gaia mission, and supports VOTable, FITS, CSV and all formats supported by the STIL library.

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[v10.5.0] TheSkyX – Extremely powerful astronomy software

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TheSkyX is a very powerful and popular astronomical telescope support software that contains an array of tools for advanced or amateur astronomers. It can simulate the starry sky in real time, adjust the time or location at random to see different sky scenes. Plus, it is capable of simulating all sorts of motion of the celestial bodies, as well as the astronomical wonders such like solar eclipse and lunar eclipse.

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Microsoft WorldWide Telescope – Microsoft’s free and open-source space telescope project

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope (WWT for short) is a free and open-source virtual, visualized digital planetarium project (including application, data and cloud services) for both web browser (based on HTML5 and WebGL) and Windows desktop. It was originally created by Microsoft Research in 2002, and is now managed by the American Astronomical Society, and supported by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and National Science Foundation.

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3D World Map – View 30000+ cities around the world on a 3D tellurion

3D World Map is a powerful and high-definition three-dimensional world map (Note that: it is a ‘Map’ rather than ‘Earth’). It enables you to accurately find 269 countries and regions in the world on this realistic tellurion, and precisely displays the locations of more than 30000 cities around the world. Plus, it can calculate the distance between any two points on the earth, and all mountains, rivers, lakes and seas can be seen with a glance on this 3D tellurion.
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[Update] Universe Sandbox – Universe stars physical interaction simulator

Universe Sandbox is a very cool software designed to simulate the physical interaction movements (you can create & destroy on an unimaginable scale) of universe stars perfectly. It has a 3D engine with very high simulation degree, and is a pretty darned good simulator (also can be regarded as a scientific game) for understanding the whole universe.

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Asynx Planetarium – Watch the night sky on your desktop

Live under the pressure of everyday busy work, remember the last time looking at the stars? Combined with the growing air pollution, watching the stars may become a luxury thing. But it doesn’t matter, let’s take a step back and using Asynx Planetarium to look at the beautiful night sky on our PC.

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Stellarium – Explore the outer space on your desktop

Stellarium is a free open-source desktop virtual planetarium software from France, supports Unix/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X platforms. It uses OpenGL to render the stars in real time, and generate a virtual 3D sky on your desktop, so the stars effect is almost completely the same as you observe the stars sky with only naked eye, telescope or astronomical telescope.

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