Mars Opportunity in Starry Night

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Launch & Path • Spacecraft • Landing Location • View on Mars • Transit

Starry Night's simulation engine stands the test of time

Starry Night, trusted by beginning observers and advanced astronomers alike, has always set the standard for precision in space simulation.  Early March 2019 marks the 15th anniversary of Starry Night's advanced assistance to scientists on the incredible Mars rover missions.

In roughly the first five years of both the Spirit and Opportunity Mars missions, Dr. Jim Bell, lead scientist in charge of the on-board Panoramic camera, Pancam, and colleagues on the rover science team relied on Starry Night Pro to accurately predict the positions of the moons Phobos and Deimos in the Martian sky, given the positions of the rovers on the surface and the dates and times of the intended observations. 

"The simulations shown in Starry Night allowed both rovers to acquire time-lapse images of the moons of Mars, including daytime "solar eclipse" transits of both Phobos and Deimos across the Sun as well as nighttime "lunar eclipse" passes of Phobos entering and emerging from the shadow of Mars.  I remember it well and remain a big fan of Starry Night to this day."

-Dr. Jim Bell
NASA Scientist & Professor

Starry Night Version 8 has been retooled to meet the needs of serious astronomers and to create the most seamless observing experience for any astronomical event!

  • Incredible rendering & precise positioning of over 36,000 targets
  • Carefully crafted by compiling the absolute best object data available
  • Advanced database replaces a majority of previous Starry Night catalog
  • Enjoy an updated telescope control experience in Pro & Pro Plus
  • Create multiple Observing Sites using maps & location services
  • Audio Tours provide engaging, in-depth narration for many objects
  • An elegant new dark theme is easier on the observer's eyes
  • Sync, share and export your data to other services with ease
  • Sync to any LiveSky-enabled astro app including SkySafari 6


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