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      My Portable Galaxy

      I have a galaxy on my laptop. This galaxy has over 70 billion star systems (many with multiple stars in them). Most of these star systems have planets and moons, and I can land on nearly all of them. Some of these planets even have life or alien ruins.

      I am talking about Noctis IV, a truly unique piece of software. There's no goal, you just explore. You can even name the stars and planets you discover. It's something you have to experience for yourself.

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      That is awesome....
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      That is, indeed, Spectacular, to say the least.
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      Thats the coolest thing I have ever seen on a computer

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      Hrm... I don't know which thing to download...

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      http://www.anywherebb.com/

      Click on Noctis at the top of the screen. Then you will probably want to head over to the discussion forums and pick up the latest version of NICE in the Noctis IV CE releases thread.
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      I have Starry Night Pro 5.0.

      It's like this program except it is a more detailed observation of outer space. It has all the statistics (literally, anything you'd want on anything) for almost every known object in the known universe (~ 1 million galaxies), including human-made space probes. You can fly around to anywhere you like as well, ride comets, land on planets and moons, explore nebulae, witness supernovas, etc. The unique thing about this program is that runs on active time. If you program your location on Earth in and set the time to current, all the stars you see will actually be exactly what you see if you stepped outside, unless if it's daytime, then you actually see that it is daytime in the program. In addition, the entire history of astronomical movements is programmed into the program through an algorithm, so you can set the time to anytime you want and all the locations of celestial bodies will still be historically accurate. Set it to 1986 and you will see Halley's Comet soar by Earth. You can look into the future as well by fast-forwarding time.

      The downside is that the program isn't free and takes like 1.5 GB of harddrive space.

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      StaryNight sounds cool... but note that Noctis is free, a tiny download, and provides a galaxy where you can set foot on alien worlds that no other person has seen before. Not to mention the friendly community where you can share your findings and discuss them.
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      Originally posted by Squall
      I have Starry Night Pro 5.0. *

      It's like this program except it is a more detailed observation of outer space. It has all the statistics (literally, anything you'd want on anything) for almost every known object in the known universe (~ 1 million galaxies), including human-made space probes. You can fly around to anywhere you like as well, ride comets, land on planets and moons, explore nebulae, witness supernovas, etc. The unique thing about this program is that runs on active time. If you program your location on Earth in and set the time to current, all the stars you see will actually be exactly what you see if you stepped outside, unless if it's daytime, then you actually see that it is daytime in the program. In addition, *the entire history of astronomical movements is programmed into the program through an algorithm, so you can set the time to anytime you want and all the locations of celestial bodies will still be historically accurate. Set it to 1986 and you will see Halley's Comet soar by Earth. You can look into the future as well by fast-forwarding time. *

      The downside is that the program isn't free and takes like 1.5 GB of harddrive space.
      Where can I download it?

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      Originally posted by hoppingsnail
      StaryNight sounds cool... but note that Noctis is free, a tiny download, and provides a galaxy where you can set foot on alien worlds that no other person has seen before. *Not to mention the friendly community where you can share your findings and discuss them.
      Yeah that's the thing. Starry Night's a bit too technical. That's why Noctis sounds like a better program if your just looking to have some fun. I kind of wish there was a program that offered better graphics though.

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      Of course, a program like Stary Night is probably perfect for aspiring astronomers.

      Those of you who want to be astronauts also might want to check out a freeware space flight simulator called Orbiter. It goes for realism, so it has a bit of a learning curve.

      http://orbit.medphys.ucl.ac.uk/
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      Hey thanks fot sharing this, I didn't know a thing like this exists. It's great.

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      That looks pretty cool I think I remember messing with that before. There's also a free program called Celestia I think. It's like Starry Night except not as detailed.

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      Celestia is free too, for that matter.
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