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17.1.10

Star Viewer

Looking at the stars with Star Viewer is like using Google Maps - in face, it is Google Maps, with a twist. It's very simple to "navigate" through space.  Click on the place name on the left of the screen; you will "fly" to the location, a window will open, and video of or about the location will play. You can jump to the Interactive Galaxies Map at the bottom of the page.

Here's a screen shot of what you see if you've clicked on "Crab Nebula":


Click on the picture to see the full size image.


This is a good website to use for beginning space explorers - much easier to use than Google Sky, Stellarium, or even Celestia. Starview brings a great deal of information to one place - after you've had a good look around here, then go exploring with the other sites and apps.