SkyORB 3D takes you on a tour of the solar system or the galaxy on your PC. This astronomy program charts the stars, planets, and other celestial objects such as comets and asteroids and lets you navigate through space. SkyORB 3D features a 3D interface, with OpenGL 2.0 3D engine fully optimized for Mac, 64-bit astronomy engine, Grand Central Dispatch enabled, a search engine, a large catalog of stars (Hyparcos), deep objects (NGC/IC 2000) planets, current satellite (including current space shuttle missions) (MPC) and let you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth. This new version includes a redesigned user interface, easier to use with its tool tips, help documentation, access to Facebook community.
Key features: Allows you to fine tune your observation location from the database of by entering longitude and latitude. Information like sunset and sunrise are computed as well as moonrise and moonset and full / new moon dates. Displays a 3D planetarium with planets and satellites and 3 different views with 3D objects with different level of details using photo realistic textures and shader effects. Displays 3D sky map with real-time precession. Comets and satellites trajectories. Displays the worldmap sun clock with rise and set. Multi-touch trackpad (newer Macbook and Magic Pad) with pinching-to-zoom gesture is supported for zoom-in and out. Full screen mode and windowed (re-sizable) is also supported as well as a 'night vision' mode. Universal search engine. Weather retrieval. This program requires a video card with at least 128MB of video memory. Check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SkyORB/120203608017193 Check out our Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/realtech_VR