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Starry Night Backyard Special Edition 3.1

Platform : Mac, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4, Windows
4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product Description

Product Description

this cd is the guide to guide you threw the night sky

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If looking up at the sky on a clear night has always held more than a bit of curious fascination for you, Starry Night Backyard, Special Edition is the perfect tool with which to explore your intergalactic interests. The application is packed full of information to delight the backyard stargazer, but is powerful enough for the serious student.

View the stars from your exact location on Earth (or any other location on the planet), or travel throughout the solar system to see views not possible until now. If that's still too close to home, Starry Night Backyard can produce views from anywhere within 20,000 light-years of the solar system. Auto Identify helps you instantly identify the constellation you're viewing, while the Go There feature lets you travel to the planet, moon, or star of your choice.

Basic information about each star, planet, or galaxy is available within the program. This special edition also includes the Starry Night Companion, a 240-page guide to understanding the night sky using Starry Night.

Curious about the way the universe looked in the past or how it will look in the future? This software allows you to travel through 200,000 years of time in a matter of minutes. You can also create QuickTime movies of your adventures and send them to friends.

With almost too many features to mention, Starry Night Backyard, Special Edition is an amazing tool for anyone with a fascination for space. It's as close as you will probably ever get to owning your own planetarium. --Joshua Craig


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B000059WJ0
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 29, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,502 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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If you are interested in astronomy in any form, be it naked eye viewing, with binoculars, or telescope, or just interested in the subject, you will want this product...If you have no idea about celestial motion, constellations, planets, or Messier objects, this program will teach you these and more. This is a very professional product with excellent documentation, simple installation and an update capability that leads you by the hand to ensure you always have the latest version. It's your very own planetarium in your computer and under your own almost infinite control to travel around the universe. Great Fun!
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Starry Night offers an easy to use interface that can be used 'out of the box.' It looks great and runs great on a Radeon video card giving smooth realtime animation. The star and constellations are labeled, plus there are other navigation features that can be switched on/off. Different points of view show the movement of planets relative to each other and the star background, making it easy to find the planets and know what their position will be in the future. Also I recommend spending the extra $10 to get the book, it explains many of the basic concepts in an easy to read and understand format. Now if only it could just do something about those cloudy nights.
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This is an excellent way to learn astronomy and stargzing. I purchased the "Starter" edition then upgraded to "Backyard" though this is not really necessary to get value out of the purchase. Both editions come with a book that is so similar it is redundant, but there was no choice when upgrading online at the manufacturer's site.
Starry Night has many features that will help any level of astronomy student. Backyard allows one to travel further back and forward in time to understand the motion of the Universe. It also has more stars (supposedly one million, but who's counting).
The book(s) is(are) well written and reference the software so one can actually see what is being described. I hope other scientific books follow a similar path. The software is easy to use and lots of fun. My kids and I have spent much time looking at the features and will likely do so for years to come.
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This product is great. I just bought it yesterday, and within an hour, I was intrigued by it's capabilities. Definitely worth the money. I had trouble deciding on whether to get Starry Night backyard Special Edition, or Starry Night Pro. I chose Strarry Night backyard, and I agree with the other reviewers, it is very easy to use, right out of the package.
It shows you the stars as you would see them, right in your own backyard. You can zoom in and out, view the sky as time flies from morning till night, or day to day. You can go back in time, and into the future. You can change your location to view the stars from different planets.
I even viewed Earth from Mars !
The only problem I had, was that I wanted more.
Starry Night Backyard Special Edition is not at the level that I want to explore the night sky.
I need something a little more advanced, so I've just bought Starry Night Pro.
Now I can hook my telescope up to my computer, and use the Strary Night Pro program, to view the night sky from my telescope.
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I agree with all that the previous reviewer has said, though I should add that 'Starry Night' is also enormous fun to use. Astronomical theory can be pretty mind-blowing at times, and this software helps to illustrate and animate what can otherwise be somewhat dry and erudite concepts. If you have any young would-be astronomers in your household, there are plenty of nifty featues that should catch their attention - the animated solar system is always a crowd-pleaser, as is the ability to take virtual rocket trips to far-flung stars.
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