Space Holdings Software is showing a pre-release version of
Starry Night X at this week’s Macworld Conference & Expo in New York City. It’s the newest addition to the Starry Night family of space and astronomy software “for anyone with an interest in space or the night sky, from first-time stargazers to dedicated amateur astronomers.”
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Starry Night X can model the night sky from anywhere on earth, at any date or time. New features in Starry Night X include enhanced telescope control capabilities, new databases of stars and galaxies, an observation planner, multimedia movies featuring astronomy experts, and much more. With the graphics technologies in Mac OS X, like QuickTime and OpenGL, Starry Night X offers more features than ever before, said Ted Leckie, founder of Space Holdings Software.
OpenGL graphics technology allows Starry Night X to render 3D views of planets, moons and asteroids quickly, he added. Over an hour of QuickTime movies takes you through larger and larger orbits exploring celestial objects, their composition and their origins with multimedia from the world’s largest telescopes. Users will also have the power to create their own QuickTime movies of the universe using Starry Night X. The final version of Starry Night X will ship this fall.