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[Micronet] Looking for astronomy software

Quinn Dombrowski
Does anyone know if Berkeley has a site license, departmental license, or some other way to access software for producing astronomical maps, either free or at a discount? I'm working with a graduate student in history (who's writing on celestial signs and political rhetoric in early China) who needs to:

1) see how the sky looked at different moments in the past, including the location of planets

2) produce charts, and label the charts, with Chinese constellations, names of stars, and names of planets

3) draw lines from one place in the sky to another, ideally with a 360 degree field of view, to show the paths authors imagined in celestial journey poetry.

He knows of one piece of software, Starry Night Pro, that can do all this, but the $150 price tag is steeper than he'd like. Does this sound like something that could be done with any other software already available on campus?

Thanks,
Quinn

 
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Re: [Micronet] Looking for astronomy software

Greg Merritt *
Google Earth Sky mode allllmost does the trick...unfortunately it seems to default to hiding drawn placemarks, lines, and labels until you've zoomed in quite close.  Maybe this behavior can be set differently?

See attached; open in the Google Earth app, go to Sky mode, then double-click on "It's a 明星!"

($150?  Somebody feel free to fork the thread into a discussion of funding for humanities....I'll just insert a "sigh" here.)

-Greg


On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM, Quinn Dombrowski <[hidden email]> wrote:
Does anyone know if Berkeley has a site license, departmental license, or some other way to access software for producing astronomical maps, either free or at a discount? I'm working with a graduate student in history (who's writing on celestial signs and political rhetoric in early China) who needs to:

1) see how the sky looked at different moments in the past, including the location of planets

2) produce charts, and label the charts, with Chinese constellations, names of stars, and names of planets

3) draw lines from one place in the sky to another, ideally with a 360 degree field of view, to show the paths authors imagined in celestial journey poetry.

He knows of one piece of software, Starry Night Pro, that can do all this, but the $150 price tag is steeper than he'd like. Does this sound like something that could be done with any other software already available on campus?

Thanks,
Quinn


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Re: [Micronet] Looking for astronomy software

Baril
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Check out SkySafari+.... It is in the App Store. Works on iPhone, iPad.... Not expensive.

Roy
On 10/30/2014 9:00 AM, Quinn Dombrowski wrote:
Does anyone know if Berkeley has a site license, departmental license, or some other way to access software for producing astronomical maps, either free or at a discount? I'm working with a graduate student in history (who's writing on celestial signs and political rhetoric in early China) who needs to:

1) see how the sky looked at different moments in the past, including the location of planets

2) produce charts, and label the charts, with Chinese constellations, names of stars, and names of planets

3) draw lines from one place in the sky to another, ideally with a 360 degree field of view, to show the paths authors imagined in celestial journey poetry.

He knows of one piece of software, Starry Night Pro, that can do all this, but the $150 price tag is steeper than he'd like. Does this sound like something that could be done with any other software already available on campus?

Thanks,
Quinn


 
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Re: [Micronet] Looking for astronomy software

Sean McMahon
Also SkyGuide for iOS, I appreciate the "go to a specific date" feature and available add-ons such as satellites. The illustrated constellations are pretty neat too. It's $1.99

Best regards,

Sean

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Baril <[hidden email]> wrote:
Check out SkySafari+.... It is in the App Store. Works on iPhone, iPad.... Not expensive.

Roy

On 10/30/2014 9:00 AM, Quinn Dombrowski wrote:
Does anyone know if Berkeley has a site license, departmental license, or some other way to access software for producing astronomical maps, either free or at a discount? I'm working with a graduate student in history (who's writing on celestial signs and political rhetoric in early China) who needs to:

1) see how the sky looked at different moments in the past, including the location of planets

2) produce charts, and label the charts, with Chinese constellations, names of stars, and names of planets

3) draw lines from one place in the sky to another, ideally with a 360 degree field of view, to show the paths authors imagined in celestial journey poetry.

He knows of one piece of software, Starry Night Pro, that can do all this, but the $150 price tag is steeper than he'd like. Does this sound like something that could be done with any other software already available on campus?

Thanks,
Quinn


 
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Re: [Micronet] Looking for astronomy software

Sean McMahon
Looks like it works in Chinese, as well as other languages.

Regards,

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM, Sean McMahon <[hidden email]> wrote:
Also SkyGuide for iOS, I appreciate the "go to a specific date" feature and available add-ons such as satellites. The illustrated constellations are pretty neat too. It's $1.99

Best regards,

Sean

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Baril <[hidden email]> wrote:
Check out SkySafari+.... It is in the App Store. Works on iPhone, iPad.... Not expensive.

Roy

On 10/30/2014 9:00 AM, Quinn Dombrowski wrote:
Does anyone know if Berkeley has a site license, departmental license, or some other way to access software for producing astronomical maps, either free or at a discount? I'm working with a graduate student in history (who's writing on celestial signs and political rhetoric in early China) who needs to:

1) see how the sky looked at different moments in the past, including the location of planets

2) produce charts, and label the charts, with Chinese constellations, names of stars, and names of planets

3) draw lines from one place in the sky to another, ideally with a 360 degree field of view, to show the paths authors imagined in celestial journey poetry.

He knows of one piece of software, Starry Night Pro, that can do all this, but the $150 price tag is steeper than he'd like. Does this sound like something that could be done with any other software already available on campus?

Thanks,
Quinn


 
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