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Old 23-02-2012, 11:07   #16
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Re: How awesome is this ?

Whoah, thats way too kinky for me, im not a geek, this is as far as ive got


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Does Google's Sky Map work now offline (i.e. without wifi or 3G)? I know earlier versions had to have a connection of some sort to download the constellation info, which was not stored on the phone.

I have a similar Android app called "Star Chart." It stores all necessary information onboard your phone, so you can use it 100 miles out at sea if you wish.

One thing I've noticed with this app is it uses the phone's electronic compass and accelerometers to orient itself to the horizon. Every now and then if it seems a bit off, I go into the settings and recalibrate the compass. Then it's spot-on.

For this I use the "GPS Status" app > Tools > Compass calibration.
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I think I'll invent a "sight reduction" app for the android so the electronic generation can do real celestial navigation. We're going to need it soon as I heard on the news today that gps jammers were now available on the internet.
The inexpensive jammers can foul up ships and planes, according to Fox News.

Its all going to go belly up when someone pulls the plug on the sats.
It might happen on Dec 21 2012. Have you read about all that Mayan stuff? It looks seriously bad
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Old 23-02-2012, 11:19   #18
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I should add that compass calibration just involves rotating your phone twice about each of its three axes, and then pressing a button to say you're done. Easy peasy. . . .
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Old 23-02-2012, 11:25   #19
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One of the really cool things about GoogleSky is that you can "see" celestial objects that are on the other side of earth. And you can "see" celestial objects in the daytime. If you haven't already discovered it, try toggling the night mode as well, which is useful if you're actually looking at the stars at night. pete
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Just checked to see if Google Sky Map would run without a data connection -- turned off my wifi and 3G -- and voila! It all worked fine.

Star Chart is richer visually, with translucent artistic renditions of the constellations overlaid on the stars. Google Sky Map is cleaner and clearer. They're both good. But Sky Map is free; Star Chart costs $3.
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Its clouded over tonight and I cant see a single star
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I'm using Stellarium on the MacBook.

A free program with similar features. It also shows satellite orbits so just after sunset one can see the International Space Station and other man made objects still lit by sunlight. Makes them easy to spot since you know where to look and they are moving against the star field.

I have it set to my location on the ICW and the ground picture is an actual panorama of my surroundings. That was created with another free program called Huggin.

Fun and a good way to spend time on the boat.
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I've got Star Walk on my iPad. Had it for about a year and have used it a few times on the boat. Like the other apps mentioned, it is a blast to look at the sky with a tool which brings the stars to life. Star Walk, I think was $4.99.
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Its all going to go belly up when someone pulls the plug on the sats.
It might happen on Dec 21 2012. Have you read about all that Mayan stuff? It looks seriously bad
Geez, why do people continue to buy into that stuff. The Mayans made no, nada, predictions about 2012. It is only the end of a long-count period -- like the odometer rolling over. Just a bunch of foolishness like 2000 ... remember that Big Event?

Although there are some very interesting processional alignments that occur on that date.

Suggested reading: "The Order of Days..." by David Stuart.
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Pretty sure Anjou was just kidding, in response to the quote in her post.

But yeah, just the end of the 14th era, or chapter, or whatever the correct Mayan word is. I'm sure they were going to get around to starting the 15th era calendar sometime in the next few hundred years.

At any rate, they certainly understood astronomy well, having arrived from outer space and all.

Those era's are based on the alignments you mention. In particular the cycling of the solar system from a position above the galactic plane to below the galactic plane, or vice verse. I think that is a 26,000 year cycle.

What I find interesting is how a position "in" the galactic plane every 26k years might affect the gravitational forces on the solar system as the solar system and galactic gravitational field interact.

This interaction would occur in a non-linear fashion as the solar system approaches the plane of the galaxy.

Makes me wonder if there is a correlation with that and what seems to be an increase in the number of "100 year" or even "500 year" weather events on Earth.
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This has been around for a while; great piece of software. Stellarium
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GREAT CARTOON! Love it!

(It shows the Aztec not the Mayan calendar, but I am willing to chalk that up to poetic license.)

I live smack in the middle of "El Mundo de Maya" and as we were coming home just after sunset today we had a spectacular view of the alignment of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon, set against mountains back lit by the colors of sunset...breathtaking...shut down the skiff and just drifted...imaging what it was like right here 3,000 years ago. Amazing culture that understood these things so long ago...decedents of which are my neighbors...some of whom still speak nothing but their native Mayan language.

Much more profound seeing it in context than viewing it on an i-device!



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Oh great! More days wasted :-)

Just loaded goskywatch, planets and night sky for ipad. Only night sky cost anything (99c)

Very cool...
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What I find interesting is how a position "in" the galactic plane every 26k years might affect the gravitational forces on the solar system as the solar system and galactic gravitational field interact....
Who knows, it might have an effect here on earth...not even the smart ones from our modern culture have figured that out yet.

I plan to sit right here at Mayan "ground zero" so to speak, while sipping on some of the best rum on the planet (Ron Zacapa), and see what happens!
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