This astronomy software offers real-time sky viewing with comprehensive reports, precise accuracy, and features such as live orbit-tracking and animations. It also includes Sky Quiz and encyclopedic references linked to the sky display.
One of the most impressive features of Adastra is its natural Drag Mode, an intuitive navigational interface for smooth, head-turning views of the heavens. The software also includes a point-and-click Sky Quiz that will quickly build familiarity with your local celestial geography, leaving "Solar Guide" and "Astrogloss" to supply trusted encyclopedic information in HTML form. Solar Guide takes you on a tour of our Solar System interactively linking to both Sky and Picture windows.
Astrogloss A-Z is a dictionary of over 1000 astronomical terms, integrated tightly with Adastra's Search and display. So when you click on an object in the sky, Adastra will bring up that object's definition in the Dictionary. This makes it incredibly easy to learn about specific celestial objects and phenomena, whether you're a seasoned astronomer or a casual stargazer.
For those interested in archaeo-astronomy, Adastra offers Coeli's TimeLine (alias "Stella BC"), a precision tool that can graphically demonstrate the dramatic effects of precession down through the millennia, seeking out that remote First Time, when Vega and Deneb were Pole Stars.
Adastra offers five celestial projections in which to observe the night sky on your PC, in either resizeable windows or full screen mode. You can also advance, retard or animate the simulation's clock by years, months, days, and minutes of sidereal or solar time, track any selected object through the sky in both real-time or fast-forward. Additionally, a NEO asteroid 'chase' is recommended as an introduction to this absorbing activity.
Finally, don't forget to open the Live Orbits window for live orbital tracking - this is a fun and engaging way to explore the night sky and learn about the objects in our solar system. Overall, Adastra is an exceptional software for any astronomy enthusiast looking to explore the wonders of the night sky in a comprehensive, engaging and accurate way.
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