Planetarium for Virtual Reality to learn about the stars, constellations, and deep sky objects. It includes 41375 stars, planets and moon; Deep Sky Object Catalogs: Messier, Caldwell, Herschel400, NGC, IC, Sharpless, Arp. Images from Deep Sky Surveys (DSS, DSS2, Wise).
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The application requires user feedback and comments to improve the user interface.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“6 months maximum.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will include changes based on feedback and comments. More detailed models of the orbits and trajectories will be included. The full version will include randomly generated quizzes to find the location of Messier objects, main stars, and constellations.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All the listed functionalities are working.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The app will keep the same price.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community will participate with their comments and suggestions in the dedicated forum on Steam. The community, in particular amateur astronomers, will be able to propose deep sky astrophotography images that can be included into the program, so it will be possible to use the application to display their own images. People will be able to create their own Deep Sky Object Catalog with their own pictures.”
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About This Game

This application is not a game. With light pollution, it is getting more difficult to fully appreciate the night sky, see the constellations, and determine the position of deep sky objects, from our pale blue dot. With this planetarium, you can learn and appreciate the beauty of a dark night sky. Amateur astronomers can prepare their observations by having a real sense of where deep sky objects are through virtual reality, without relying on a GoTo mount.

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another." Plato, The Republic, 342 BCE.

Key features

  • 41375 stars (apparent magnitude < 8)
  • The planets of the Solar system and the Moon.
  • 88 constellations
  • Deep Sky Object Catalogs: Messier (110), Caldwell (109), and Herschel 400 (400), NGC (7840), IC (5386) , Arp (338), Sharpless-2 (313)
  • Deep Sky Object images from surveys:
    • Original Digitized Sky Survey
    • 2nd Digitized Sky Survey (Red)
    • 2nd Digitized Sky Survey (Blue)
    • 2nd Digitized Sky Survey-Near Infrared
    • Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer 1, 2, 3, and 4.
  • The Equatorial Grid, Azimuthal Grid, Ecliptic Plane, and Galactic Plane.
  • Bortle Scale effect, location, and time options

Action

Point to objects in the sky to get information.
  • Valve Index: Trigger
  • HTC Vive: Trigger
  • Oculus Touch: Trigger

Playlist

Music of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, G. Mahler, A. Dvorak, M. Mussorgsky, M. Ravel, and I. Stravinsky for relaxing.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5-7500 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1050
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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