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Author Topic: Leonids meteor shower visible tonight  (Read 3345 times)

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Leonids meteor shower visible tonight
« on: November 18, 2006, 07:11:43 PM »


The Leonids meteor shower should be visible tonight, given that the sky is clear and the amount of light pollution is low.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonids

You might wonder what meteor showers has to do with software...well there is a great open source app called Stellarium that can be used to locate stars, planets, constellations. It really is a great piece of software and worth checking out:

http://www.stellarium.org/

So, if you have the opportunity and the sky is clear. Check out where the "Leo" constellation is using Stellarium and have a walk looking at the stars...and hopefully some falling ones too.

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Re: Leonids meteor shower visible tonight
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 11:02:29 AM »
You might wonder what meteor showers has to do with software...well there is a great open source app called Stellarium that can be used to locate stars, planets, constellations. It really is a great piece of software and worth checking out:

http://www.stellarium.org/

I love Stellarium.  But my only wish was that I could use it as a screensaver.

I managed to solve that problem with one of the coding snacks I did (IdleStart), though.  :D

I created a shortcut to IdleStart and configured it to launch Stellarium.

I use 1200 as the first command line parameter (20 mins). Now it automatically launches after 20 mins of system idle time.

Just drop that shortcut in your Startup folder and you are all set.

Don't forget to turn off any real screensavers you may be using, in your desktop properties settings. (set it to use 'none')