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Introduction to Celestia

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Uploaded on Feb 21, 2012

This HD video showcases a FREE program for Windows, MAC and Linux that is one of the highest resolution space simulation software programs in existence. Used by NASA and the ESA, it is named Celestia. Developed under open source by a team of dedicated space enthusiasts, Celestia will take you deep into space, in any direction you wish and at any time in history. Piloting your own spacecraft, you can explore the solar system, orbit our planets, swoop into planet atmospheres, fly by 50 real and fictional spacecraft from the past, present and future, observe over 170 moons and visit hundreds of comets and asteroids in full HD resolution. Hyperwarp out of our solar system into the stars, with the program tracking 2 million stars in real time. Visit protostars, red giants, supernova, pulsars and black holes. Travel beyond the stars to the world of the galaxies. Over 10,000 are positioned in Celestia space in the proper orientation. Enjoy Hollywood creations, including Pandora from Avatar, over 30 spacecraft and planets from the Star Wars series, and an extensive world of StarTrek.

Due to its sophistication, Celestia can be an ideal tool to bring high school and college students out of the classroom and up into space. It is available in a special educational edition that guides you or your students on over 40 hours of travel through the best that Celestia has to offer. Detailed lessons for use in computer labs and printed worksheets are available for all 12 educational journeys.

The default program is available for free at http://shatters.net/celestia. A large repository of many of the high-res addons seen in this video is available at http://celestiamotherlode.net. The educational edition, with over 2.6 GB of the best addons, is available for free download or as a convenient self-installing DVD/CD package for a modest fee. Details are on my website at http://gregs-educational.info.

Please rate the video and feel free to post comments. Please help me spread the word about the program and its educational activities by sharing the video link and the website link on your social media sites.

I wish to thank the many dedicated and gifted animators whose skills have created the Celestia universe.

If you are a space enthusiast, this program will transform your world. See for yourself by viewing the video and obtaining Celestia for home or classroom use. All scenes are taken directly from the program.

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