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Now you don’t have to be an astronaut to travel through the space, or consult a telescope to view the night sky. Astronomy makes space exploration and investigation available to all. Featuring the popular “RedShift” software, Astronomy also includes multimedia tutorials and scientific data from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Students can master their understanding of the planets and stars, explore space through customizable settings, and research the history of the universe. They can even learn about space craft and extraterrestrials.
Students can watch an eclipse that occurred thousands of years ago, or an event that has yet to happen. They can view the solar system from their own latitude and longitude, or from a distant star. Views can be rotated to provide better understanding of each. A ‘Sky Diary’ includes a list of special occurrences for each month, so that students can prepare for and observe actual events.
Star data is provided from the latest Hipparcos and Tycho catalogs. Students can click on a star to find out an abundance of relevant information including its star number and distance from Earth. In addition to more than a million stars, the program offers information on all the planets and constellations, more than 7,000 minor planets, asteroids and comets.
The Penguin Dictionary of Astronomy is included for quick reference. A special ‘News’ section includes web links to keep the user up-to-date on the latest news and discoveries.
PC: Windows 98/95, Pentium, 100 MHz or faster cpu, 10 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 256-color SVGA display, 4x or faster CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card, Modem for on-line access.return to top of page
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