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Starry Night Backyard ESD for Mac

By Canada Free to try

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009
Among educational programs, Starry Night Backyard ESD is one of the best in its class for astronomy software. It offers more than 1,000,000 stars and 110 deep-space objects for your viewing pleasure. Also, you can create a date-specific night sky and determine exactly where to look for an astronomical event at any given time.

One of the best features of this program is its ability to display specific constellations, galaxies, and planets up close. Just choose a star, moon, or any deep-space object, and click Go There. The application will show you flying through space to your desired object up to 20,000 light-years away. What's more, you can e-mail your discoveries to your friends, family, or professor in QuickTime format, viewable on any Web browser. Both students of astronomy and regular users will find this program both educational and fun, and certainly worth the $34.95 shareware fee.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1.2


Release November 8, 2008
Date Added October 17, 2001
Version 3.1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements Mac OS 7.5


Total Downloads 61,298
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

This astromony software lets you see the sky from anywhere on Earth, any solar system body, or any location up to 20,000 light-years away. View 1,000,000 stars along with 110 deep-space objects such as galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. Navigate through space for otherworldly views of eclipses and other rare cosmic events. Click Go There and travel to the planet, moon, or star of your choice. You can even e-mail your latest night sky discoveries to others with QuickTime movies.