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Software Bisque TheSkyX Student Edition Astronomy Software - Macintosh - SKYXSEMACSN

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Software Bisque’s TheSkyX Student Edition Highlights:

If you are interested in the sky at all, you will really enjoy TheSkyX Student Edition software from Software Bisque! This interactive astronomy program is available for either Mac or PC (this is the Macintosh version), and it will show you the Universe in various ways…with hundreds of beautiful images, tutorials, and tools that will allow you to see the sky just the way you want it, for whatever date and time you are interested in.

When a beginner looks at all of the functions of TheSkyX, it can be a little intimidating, but believe me, this astronomy software can help you with “newbie” things, like telling you what is up in the sky right now, where the planets are, or how their moons are positioned so you’ll know if you’re looking at Saturn’s Titan or Dione. The SkyX also makes it easy to create observing charts, or star charts, for any night/time of the year. Want to display the outlines of the constellations so you can star-hop easily to your target? No problem! Want to show just the objects bright enough for your telescope? Sure!

As you learn more about observational astronomy, TheSkyX will grow with you. Check out this list of just some of the features available on TheSkyX Student Edition for Mac:

  • Display an Interactive Star Chart: Input any date & time from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000 to show a beautiful star chart for your location. Click the North, South, East, West or Look Up buttons to see what the sky looks like from your location. Show any field of view, from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.
  • Contains a HUGE Database of Over a Million Objects, Including:

    • Solar System
    • Sun
    • Mercury
    • Venus
    • Earth (in 3D Views)
    • Earth's Moon
    • Mars
    • Mars' Moons
    • Io
    • Europa
    • Ganymede
    • Callisto
    • Jupiter
    • Jupiter's Moons
    • Saturn
    • Uranus
    • Neptune
    • Pluto
    • Comets (up to 1000)
    • Asteroids (up to 1000)
    • Satellites (up to 10,000)
    • Non-Stellar Objects
    • 7,431 objects from the New General Catalog (NGC)
    • Index Catalog (IC)
    • Hipparcos/Tycho Catalog of 1 million stars
      • Also included:

        • Over 13,000 images from the NGC and IC Catalogs.
        • Photos of every object in the Messier catalog.
        • Photos of solar system objects, including images from the Mars Rover and other space missions.
        • Over 1000 high-resolution photographs of the moon.
  • Show’s you “What’s Up Tonight?”: Specify the viewing time, your optical aid (naked eye, binocular, or small telescope) and which objects you're interested in seeing; TheSkyX's What Up? command automatically generates an observing list for you, complete with detailed descriptions about many deep-space objects, photographs, and Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) diagrams for stars.
  • Predict and Watch Simulated Iridium Flares Directly from TheSkyX Student Edition.
  • Comes with Animated Tours to Help You Learn, Including:

    • Sun's Analemma
    • Angular Size of Mars
    • Equatorial Coordinates
    • Horizon Coordinates
    • Mercury Evening Visibility
    • Mercury Morning Visibility
    • Moon Cycle - Size and Phase
    • Motion of Barnard's Star
    • 24-Hour Motion of Saturn's Moons
    • Rotation and Phase of Mercury
    • Rotation and Phase of Venus
    • 10-year View of Saturn from Earth
    • Venus and Mercury Annual Paths
    • What was that? Iridium Flare Sample
    • Winter Constellations
  • Includes Stackable Windows for the Most Commonly Used Features: The Command Center window contains tabs to access the most frequently used options. By default, this window is placed to the left of the Star Chart, but can be moved to the right side, or appear as a moveable "floating" window.
  • Let’s You Find Objects Easily & Quickly: TheSkyX Student Edition has a friendly but powerful Find command so you can easily locate any object from TheSkyX's astronomical databases. The object's name appear in green letter if it's currently above the horizon, or in black italicized letters when it's below the horizon.
  • Get Detailed Information About Celestial Objects When Available, Including:

    • Object type
    • Right ascension and declination coordinates (current)
    • Right ascension and declination coordinates (Epoch 2000)
    • Altitude and azimuth coordinates
    • Object magnitude*
    • Common name*
    • Catalog number (including cross references to other catalogs), for example M42 or NGC 1976v.*
    • Description of the object*
    • Visual magnitude*
    • B magnitude*
    • V magnitude *
    • Parallax*
    • Proper motion*
    • Sidereal time
    • Distance from Earth (in light years or parsecs)*
    • Rise, transit, set times
    • The constellation to which the object belongs
    • Equatorial and horizon-based coordinates
    • Other object and catalog specific data
    • Position angle (as measured from the celestial pole) from the previously identified object
    • Phase or percent illumination*
    • Air mass
  • Choose from Several Supplied Custom Panoramic Horizons, Including:

    • Cayman Island scene
    • Desert scene
    • Forest scene
    • Grand Mesa, Colorado
    • Ice Lake, Michigan
    • Mountain scene
    • Mt. Wilson Institute Observatory
    • New Mexico Skies
    • Software Bisque Observatory
    • Very Large Array
    • Winter Star Party
  • Quickly Set Chart Options with Chart Elements: Turning on and off the many different object classifications or "chart elements" is easy with the Chart Elements tab on the Command Center.
  • Display Reference Lines & Photos:

    • Constellation Figures from Astronomy Magazine
    • H.A. Rey
    • Patrick Moore
    • Sky & Telescope Magazine
    • TheSkyX
    • Wil Tirion
    • Milky Way Galaxy
    • Isophotes
    • Black & white photo
    • Full color photo
    • Constellation Boundaries
    • Most popular Asterisms
    • Ecliptic line
    • Equatorial Grid lines
    • Galactic Equator
    • Horizon Grid lines
    • Meridian
    • True North Arrow
  • Display Object Names:

    • Asterisms
    • Asteroids
    • Comets
    • Common Non-stellar Objects
    • Constellations
    • Direction Markers (NSEW)
    • Messier Objects
    • Meteor Shower Radiants
    • Planets, Dwarf Planets, Moons, Sun
    • Satellites
    • Star Labels
    • Bayer Designation
    • Common Star Names
    • Flamsteed Designation
  • Configure the Appearance of Stars:

    • Brightness
    • Contrast
    • Gradient
    • Size of surrounding halo
    • Spectral color
  • Customizable Toolbars to Access Commands You Want:

    • Six standard toolbars contain buttons to access the most frequently used commands. You can also add your own custom toolbars and choose only the buttons and commands you need.
    • The size of the buttons on the toolbars are configurable, as well as the content of the buttons (show a graph, or text or both on the button).
    • The position of the toolbars is customizable. Show them as separate windows, or drag and drop them anywhere around the Star Chart window.
  • Chart Status Window: The Command Center contains a Chart Status window that shows a continuously updated information about the current chart.
  • Display Comets, Asteroids & Satellites: Show the positions of up to 1000 comets, 1000 asteroids, and an unlimited number of satellites. Download updated "orbital elements" sets (the frequently updated data that is needed to accurately compute positions) directly from the web. Comets and asteroids can be updated from the web by entering the object's name.
  • Limit the Magnitude & Size of Displayed Objects: Select any object type (or all object types) and easily adjust the upper and lower magnitudes and the maximum and minimum angular sizes of objects that are shown on the Sky Chart.
  • Display 235 Degrees to 30 Arc Second Fields of View: Reveal the wonders of the Celestial Sphere, at any magnification from 235 degrees to 30 arcseconds.
  • Compute & View Stellar Proper Motion: Watch stars move over time due to proper motion. Show proper motion arrows (or proper motion "vectors" that specify the magnitude and direction of the star's motion over time).
  • Rotate the Sky Chart: Use the Rotate tab on the Orientation > Navigate dialog to rotate the Sky Chart to any angle.
  • Print & Export Star Charts: Print high-resolution star charts on your printer for field use.
  • Create Publication Quality Star Charts, Graphics & PDF Output: Sky Charts can be exported in portable network graphs (PNG) format, or saved in portable document format (PDF) for publication of charts and graphics to your astronomy club newsletter or web site.*

    *Please include the text "Copyright Software Bisque, Inc. www.bisque.com" when publishing star charts generate by TheSkyX

  • Show Photo-Like to Map-Like Star Charts: Chart mode reformats the display to look more like what you would see in a book of star charts, or how a printed chart is going look.
  • Show the Chart in Mirror Image: Mirror image reverses the Sky Chart, left-to-right. This lets you view the sky as you would through a telescope with an erect, but laterally reversed image.
  • Preserve Dark Adaptation with Night Vision Mode: Show the entire screen (and the entire desktop) predominantly red to preserve the eyes' dark adaptation (or night vision).
  • Show Detailed Constellation Figures: Show detailed drawings for all or selected constellations.
  • View Stars in Three Dimensions with the 3D Stars Tool: View the stars in three dimensions with the 3D Stars tool. You can zoom, pan and scroll around the universe to learn about the relative positions of the familiar (and not so familiar) stars in the Milky Way. Even isolate any of the 88 constellations and view only the stars within its boundaries.
  • View the Solar System in Three Dimensions using the 3D Solar System Viewer: Use this command to toggle between looking at the sky from Earth or from outer space (anywhere inside our solar system). When this command is enabled, the starry background is turned off by default and only the objects in our solar system are displayed. The default location is an arbitrary point in space. It’s above the plane of the ecliptic, just inside Pluto’s orbit, looking back at our Sun.
  • View High Res Images of the Moon using the Moon Viewer: The interactive Moon Photo Viewer is a powerful tool that can:

    • Display photographs of virtually the entire Moon's visible surface.
    • Search for lunar features.
    • Display the name of the nearest lunar feature with a mouse click.
    • Overlay text descriptions (labels) of many of lunar features.
    • Show the longitude and latitude for any point of any location on the Moon.
    • Show the longitude and latitude of the center of images.
    • Outline craters and other features.
    • Expand or decrease the size of the lunar image (by sizing the window).
    • Display a brief history of the source of the lunar feature's name.
    • Show the macroscopic location of the current Moon Viewer image on the Virtual Sky's Moon.
    • Identify and get feature specific information by placing the mouse over the photo. The Moon Photo Viewer can overlay text labels of any or all of the following lunar features, including:

      • Craters
      • Sub-craters
      • Mare (seas)
      • Landing sites
      • Catena (crater chains)
      • Rima (rilles)
      • Lacus (lakes)
      • Mons (mountains)
      • Dorsum (wrinkle ridges)
      • Promontor
      • Vallis (valleys)
      • Other features
    When the "Highlight Photo's Location on Chart" option is checked, you'll see a blue region on the Sky Chart Moon's surface. This area represents the location of the current high-resolution Moon image. This lets you easily relate the position of a particular photograph its position on the Moon's surface.

  • Find & View Solar and Lunar Eclipses with the Eclipse Viewer: When is the next solar eclipse? Where it visible on Earth? You'll be able to answer these questions, learn about the dynamics of solar and lunar eclipses and more using the Solar and Lunar Eclipse Viewer.
  • Display or Print Calendars showing the Moon’s Phase and other information: Show a calendar of any month with the phases of the moon, as well as sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and Iridium Flare occurrences. Print and/or save as a PDF.
  • Look North, South, East, West, or Up: You'll never be lost in space! Automatically adjust the star chart for your location to look North, South, East, West or straight up (at the Zenith).
  • Navigate to any Coordinate: Use the Navigate dialog to position the center of the chart at any equatorial (right ascension/declination/Epoch) or horizon (azimuth/altitude) coordinate. Center the chart on any ra/dec using a 360 degree chart of the celestial sphere that shows the constellation boundaries and figures. As you move the mouse, the current equatorial and horizon coordinates and constellation name are shown.

Minimum System Requirements - Mac

  • 2 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • Macintosh OS X version 10.5 or later, including Snow Leopard (OS X version 10.6), Lion (OS X version 10.7), Mountain Lion (OS X version 10.8), Mavericks (OS X version 10.9) and Yosemite (OS X version 10.10).
  • 1024 x 600 display resolution with millions of colors
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 64 MB video RAM
  • 2.5 GB disc space
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • DVD-ROM
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Keyboard