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An accurate, real-time planetarium, all made in Flash... Use your mouse to look around the sky (click to start/stop moving). Pointing at stars shows their name, magnitude and constellation (all loaded from an XML file).
posted by crunchland (29 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

*reaches for pink floyd cd*
posted by quonsar at 6:57 PM on October 29, 2003

[this is super cool]

As someone who makes a good percentage of his living making flash applications for boring corporate clients, I'm officially jealous.
posted by majcher at 6:58 PM on October 29, 2003

Change the viewing coordinates to 36"/118", click once in the star field, and drag the mouse to the middle left portion of the screen. This is what Yosemite looks like after a half-bottle of Wild Turkey.
posted by eddydamascene at 7:13 PM on October 29, 2003

omfg. this is too good.
posted by poopy at 7:16 PM on October 29, 2003

Pretty neat. Any way to get constellations highlighted?Learning constellations was one of the things i wanted to do this summer and didn't.

There are other neat things in there too.
posted by srboisvert at 7:18 PM on October 29, 2003

[this is 8 good]
posted by moonbird at 7:26 PM on October 29, 2003

um... that was an supposed to be infinity symbol, now it's an 8. it was so good that it upturned infinity.
posted by moonbird at 7:27 PM on October 29, 2003

my god, it jiggles! and yeah, highlighted constellations would be a plus.
posted by poopy at 7:28 PM on October 29, 2003

I think crunchie is singlehandedly trying to quaff NewsFilter. Bang up job, sir. Keep these a comin'.
posted by pedantic at 7:46 PM on October 29, 2003

Because the world knows, all we need is another fucking planetarium.
posted by jmccorm at 7:49 PM on October 29, 2003

In case you start wondering about those crazy Arabic star names...
posted by Zurishaddai at 8:28 PM on October 29, 2003

All-timer status for this post! Thanks, crunchie!
posted by Lynsey at 9:15 PM on October 29, 2003

ahhh more crunchie goodness, thank you. this is the best, dare i say most stellar, use of flash ever!
posted by t r a c y at 10:10 PM on October 29, 2003

Well, crunchy, you've done it again. Another fantastic non-NewsFilter post.

My attempts at recognizing constellations have induced flashbacks to my days as a young Boy Scout Patrol Leader. Such fun!
posted by antifreez_ at 10:23 PM on October 29, 2003

i heard all about those newsfilters and the flashers on the intarweb. don't you worry, j35u5 will take care of them. what i need to know is how many songs will fit on a mp3? and can i erase them and use them again like my cassettes? i can't wait to get the web tv on my aol, because that comcast is 100% pure broadband, and that's better than ivory soap even. i'll be out back looking at the stars. lol! omfg! stars are shiny.
posted by quonsar at 11:06 PM on October 29, 2003

But does it reveal the location of the secret rebel base???
posted by cinderful at 11:29 PM on October 29, 2003

Excellent little app. I hope the next version can include the planets.
posted by alumshubby at 11:33 PM on October 29, 2003

This is fantastic ammunition the next time some idiot trys to explain to me why Flash is evil.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:23 AM on October 30, 2003

i think crunchland deserves a stan chin style star, seeing as we give them for good reasons and all.

[this is good]
posted by triv at 4:58 AM on October 30, 2003

Very good, but not a patch on KStars for linux.

Burn yourself a copy of Knoppix, and you can play around with KStars without even having to install linux. It's extremely cool.
posted by salmacis at 6:06 AM on October 30, 2003

salmacis, Knoppix seems in trouble

[nice post, crunchland]
posted by magullo at 7:14 AM on October 30, 2003

Way cool, crunchland - thx!
posted by widdershins at 7:20 AM on October 30, 2003

Con: Draco
Name: Booboo
Mag: 2.74

Booboo? WTF? Great post crunchy. Now my boss can really get mad at me for staring off in space all day.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:12 AM on October 30, 2003

Download Knoppix from one of these mirrors.
posted by salmacis at 8:14 AM on October 30, 2003

One problem though: I can't find the star that I bought for my girlfriend last year for our anniversary. I need to call those registry people.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:21 AM on October 30, 2003

As much as I appreciate all the compliments ... (You like me! You really, really like me!) ... all I did was link to it. The real compliments should go to the guy who made the flash.
posted by crunchland at 8:24 AM on October 30, 2003

This site rocks. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 9:05 AM on October 30, 2003

crunchland: sure, compliments to the creator of the site as well, of course, but the thank yous are going to you for bringing it (and loads of other great sites) to our attention. You'll take'em and like it, dammit!
posted by widdershins at 9:18 AM on October 30, 2003

Yeah, crunchland, take a little of this:

Excellent work!

Ha! How'd ya like that, eh? And there's more where that came from!

My problem is once I get over how cool something like this is, I immediately start thinking of how it could be better. You should have a toggled option of having all the stars in a constellation show up when you click on one of them. And you should be able to enter your zip code and have it automatically convert to Longitude/Latitude rather than having to go hunt for that. And the "up" and "down" arrows should make the values go up and down instead of vice versa. And in addition to stars, it should show ponies.

most stellar, use of flash ever!

Heh. Nice.
posted by soyjoy at 10:17 AM on October 30, 2003

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