Saturday, July 05, 2008

Stellarium tuned for CAO

As we sat on the back lawn and watched the stars and planets come out, I tuned Stellarium. Bob and Phil, standing at the centre of the viewing pad, feed me elevations and orientations of objects. After some fiddling, I got it working. It was eerie in a way. The software representation of the site and the horizon views is very close to reality...

A key step, I think, with the loaner laptop, was to tell the landscape selection to not set the location settings. I did that by hand. Weird.

In turn, I was able to tell them where to look for Saturn, Mars, and Regulus, in relation to the Moon. And I was able to predict that Jupiter would be visible soon. And where to spot Spica, Altair, Vega, and Deneb.


To that end, I include this image...

Our wonderful, 2001: A Space Odyssey-like conjunction, is provided by—no, not a hippy dippy digital camera (and there were lots around) but—put your hands together for—Stellarium!

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