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Application NameSolar
ScreenSolar System
Screenshot
Earth and Moon
DescriptionThe interactive solar system explorer.
ApplicationCustom OpenGL
Main Controls
Left mouse buttonUsed to vary the orbiting angle of the view point around the current planet.
Middle mouse buttonUsed to zoom in and out of the current planet. Note that there is a minimum zoom position that has been preset for each planet to give the best 3D view.
ESCQuit
AToggle display of the rotation axis, which is shown only for the current selected planet.
CToggle the constellation lines, Celestial Equator (red) and Ecliptic (blue). Only a selection of Zodiac and Southern Hemisphere constellations are included.
EToggle display of planet equator on/off.
LToggle lighting mode on/off.
OToggle display of orbit lines for all Solar System objects.
PToggle display of planet orbit lines only. This is useful for showing the orbits of moons.
TToggle time on/off.
SpaceToggle the orbiting motion of the observer view point on/off.
UToggle viewing mode to look "up" at the star background from surface of planet.
0..9Jump directly to an object: 0 = Sun, 1 = Mercury, ..., 9 = Pluto/Charon.
F1..F9Fly to the next planet.
+Increase flow of time by 5% each time key is pressed.
-Decrease flow of time by 5% each time key is pressed.
*Increase flow of time by 30% each time key is pressed.
/Decrease flow of time by 30% each time key is pressed.
KeywordsSolar system, planets, Sun, orbits, seasons, night, day
AudienceAll
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