Stellarium planetarium software
Celestia virtual planetarium software allows you to explore space from Earth.
- Stellarium is a free planetarium software that allows you to see the night sky as it appears in real-time, or to set the clock to any date, time and location that you want to. You can speed up the rotation of the Earth to see the night sky move past faster than usual.
- Celestia is a virtual planetarium software that allows you to not only view the night sky from Earth, but to move off the ground and explore space. It is slightly harder than Stellarium to use, but if you spend an hour or so with the documentation, it allows you to exlore space across a wide range of scales, from the Earth to the Solar System to distant Galaxies.
Stars in the night sky are at different distances from the Earth. To learn about their positions, we can imagine that they lie on a sphere.
- On the ESA Hipparcos Globe website, you can create your own map of the sky by printing out and folding the image into a box.
- Tarquin are a commercial supplier of astronomy project book kits, but not too expensive.