Teaching your child about our universe couldnâ€™t be easier with Celestia. Itâ€™s more fun and interesting than books, of course.
Celestia is a free 3D space simulation application that lets you explore our universe. Celestia is a PC-based program created by Chris Laurel. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. This amazing software allows you to tour the solar system, explore planets, and beyond. It claims that you can travel to any of over 100,000 stars.
You can set the time speed. 10 times faster, 10 times slower or even freeze the time. You can zoom in and zoom out by scrolling the mouse.
You can have a tour guide or demo if you are lazy to navigate. Donâ€™t know the name of a planet? No problem. Just click on the planet and the name will appear.
The pictures look like real and the navigation is very smooth.
Thatâ€™s not all.
What makes Celestia more interesting is the software is expandable. You can download add-on scripts and extras to expand the program. Your learning doesn’t stop there. There are many die hard fans coming up with new add-ons on a regular basis. Celestia Motherlode is the central repository for Celestia add-ons.
I simply love this software. The experience is like youâ€™re in a space shuttle looking out of the window.
Excited? Canâ€™t wait to try? To download Celestia, click here. After downloading, double click on the program to install.
I must say itâ€™s not easy to learn to maneuver Celestia. If you have questions you can visit the Celestia forum. The forum is fairly active and currently it has a total of 90529 articles and 6556 registered users.
Note: For a list of quick tips on controls for mouse and keyboard: goto Help > Controls
A couple of screenshots from Celestia: