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by A-L-E-X
16 Jun 2021 22:11
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Nebula Gallery!
Replies: 10
Views: 3608

Nebula Gallery!

I dream about viewing nebulae with a telescope, but my telescope isn't powerful enough. It lets me see certain planets and star clusters. This gallery and Space Engine, in general, is a perfect place for all space lovers, including me, because only here we can enjoy these beauties. I think that neb...
by A-L-E-X
16 Jun 2021 22:07
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Physical simulation of the space engine
Replies: 30
Views: 9421

Physical simulation of the space engine

36684 I agree that Kerr would be very difficult (if not impossible) This is something I have gone into quite a bit and tried figuring out with Duke but optimizing the Kerr metric requires assumptions for angles outside of equatorial and this gets very complex very fast, almost as complex as the met...
by A-L-E-X
16 Jun 2021 00:34
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Image Dump
Replies: 2883
Views: 642680

Image Dump

Well, I take it everything is alright since they suspended that account anyway and I have signed up with one of my other emails.
by A-L-E-X
16 Jun 2021 00:30
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Physical simulation of the space engine
Replies: 30
Views: 9421

Physical simulation of the space engine

It is a very good approximation based on general relativity solution :) More specifically, it is approximation of Schwarzschild black hole potential  by Paczynski and Wiita (1980): F = -G * M / (R - Rg) 2 It is not a Kerr metric approximation, so spin is ignored. We still didn't find easy to implem...
by A-L-E-X
16 Jun 2021 00:27
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Physical simulation of the space engine
Replies: 30
Views: 9421

Physical simulation of the space engine

36684 I agree that Kerr would be very difficult (if not impossible) This is something I have gone into quite a bit and tried figuring out with Duke but optimizing the Kerr metric requires assumptions for angles outside of equatorial and this gets very complex very fast, almost as complex as the met...
by A-L-E-X
15 Jun 2021 03:44
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Image Dump
Replies: 2883
Views: 642680

Image Dump

36228 Is this a private discord, because I am very interested in joining in Official SE Discord discord.gg/spaceengine There is a thread on this forum about it and the Discord is also linked on the main website page at the bottom. Hey Doc, I just tried to sign up for Discord and I found that someon...
by A-L-E-X
12 Jun 2021 23:04
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 882
Views: 205002

Science and Astronomy News

Most such UFO videos from aircrafts appear to be illusions of some kind.  Like parallax effects and misjudged distances, which can make the object (birds or whatever) appear to have insane speed.  It's hard to tell from the videos alone, but if we had the speed, altitude, focal length and other dat...
by A-L-E-X
12 Jun 2021 22:57
Forum: Development
Topic: Work progress 0.991
Replies: 196
Views: 63264

Work progress 0.991

3D rings public beta! http://spaceengine.org/news/blog210611/ - Added volumetric 3D planetary rings - Updated exoplanet catalog (June 03, 2021) - Support for blackbody thermal glow and temperature maps for spaceships (accurate radiator glow appearance) - FXAA smooths alpha channel in screenshots an...
by A-L-E-X
11 Jun 2021 04:16
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 570
Views: 129025

Astrophotography

No filters or eclipse glasses necessary.  Just lucky to see anything through the clouds. Reminds me of the May 1994 eclipse here in NY, the sun was in and out of the clouds, but at peak eclipse (sun about 90% covered!) I could see the sun through the clouds and I even used a pair of 10x50 binocular...
by A-L-E-X
11 Jun 2021 04:13
Forum: Mods and Addons
Topic: Celestia Origin Textures in Space Engine
Replies: 5
Views: 518

Celestia Origin Textures in Space Engine

SE textures (HD addon) is anyway better, has higher resolution, and supports 3D terrain. Space Engine and Space Engine Pro are the best out there from what I've seen.  And I even have Starry Night Pro Plus (to control my telescopes with) and they cost 3x more than Space Engine Pro, but they don't h...
by A-L-E-X
10 Jun 2021 06:10
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Astrophotography
Replies: 570
Views: 129025

Astrophotography

It was at sunrise so very difficult to see here :(  Supposedly it was 80% covered but I didn't see any solar crescent.  Mid, did you use eclipse glasses to look or did you just let the equipment do its work?
by A-L-E-X
07 Jun 2021 05:40
Forum: Off-topic Discussions
Topic: Sci-Fi (and other genre) Movies & TV Series
Replies: 52
Views: 22010

Sci-Fi (and other genre) Movies & TV Series

Unfortunately the corporate loopholes have let people like Bezos monopolize multiple markets and now he and his brother are going off into space.  He's leaving Amazon, but not the Washington Post, and you can see a definite pro-corporate agenda tilt to that newspaper.  There was a concerted effort b...
by A-L-E-X
04 Jun 2021 23:29
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Your SpaceEngine Videos
Replies: 364
Views: 108197

Your SpaceEngine Videos

Thanks, I just submitted that as a feature request.  One would think it would be fairly easy to accomplish (along with a directional compass for when flying over planet and moon surfaces.)
by A-L-E-X
04 Jun 2021 23:27
Forum: Feedback and Suggestions
Topic: General suggestions for SpaceEngine
Replies: 1370
Views: 376555

General suggestions for SpaceEngine

Autopilot for aviation mode!  This should be fairly easy to accomplish.  I like making long 12 hour videos and while this is easy to do in space flight mode (you just have to calculate speed and distance to your destination and just let it run) it can't be done during planetary fly overs because you...
by A-L-E-X
04 Jun 2021 10:16
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Your SpaceEngine Videos
Replies: 364
Views: 108197

Your SpaceEngine Videos

I love the colors on the planet!  Is that planet in 0980 by default?  Also, have you found a way to do a fly over of a planet without constantly having to man the controls?  If I'm not constantly adjusting altitude and direction I find that I'm either crashing somewhere or flying off into space?  I ...