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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 07:43
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9749&d=1315153366
A view from Phobos with Mars on the background.

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I got this link (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov//eyes/index.html) (click on "Explore the Solar System") and went flying through the Solar System. I have let my imagination go wild and made some pictures (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/album.php?albumid=497), like a space tourist. I wondered what Mars would look like with oceans. (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/album.php?albumid=497&attachmentid=9698) And where is comet Elenin? (http://projectavalon.net/forum4/showthread.php?29593-Take-the-tour-of-our-Solar-System&p=300520&viewfull=1#post300520) And why are there no satellites around the moon? Etc. etc.

The navigation is a little getting used to but once mastered gives you the power to free fly through the Solar System. I have had all kinds of cool ideas about flying through it and maybe you will have some ideas as well. Share your thoughts please and lets compare notes.

Source: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov//eyes/index.html
Pictures:http://projectavalon.net/forum4/album.php?albumid=497

vibrations
4th September 2011, 08:11
Thank you for the link. I see this tool very useful for a quick reference of the celestial bodies position in a given date, but off course we can not expect to be able to see more than they put in as a feature. But thank you MR

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:19
...I see this tool very useful for a quick reference of the celestial bodies position in a given date...

Yep, I just checked my birthday.

Here another picture of Ganymede and Jupiter I made using this tool.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9753&d=1315154205

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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:27
Let me explain a bit more of how the controls work.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9725&d=1315124574

Click on destinations and you will see this picture. Click for instance on Saturn and then press Go.

To go to the moons of Saturn you must first be at the planet before you can go to the moons.

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:32
In this picture we see the controls for Speed+Rate.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9726&d=1315124965

Here you can speed up the rotation. In this way you can look at the texture of the planet in a very enjoyable way.

Equinox
4th September 2011, 08:36
Very cool...thanks M.R.

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:38
Here you can type any date, for instance your birthday, and see what the positions of everything in the Solar System were or will be.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9727&d=1315125350

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:47
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9728&d=1315125691

Here you can adjust your visual controls and you can look at the Solar System in 3D! If you have some 3D glasses.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9770&d=1315162051

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I also loved the Star Brightness toggle. It gives it an extra dimension.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9772&d=1315162401

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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 08:56
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9731&d=1315126476
Go full-screen

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9730&d=1315126450
Go to photo-mode

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 09:16
Iapetus and Saturn

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9755&d=1315155321

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In this Eye of the Solar System it is really cool to see the different positions of the planets and moons. I've seen a lot of information about the solar system but to be in it like this, the information really sinks in that much better.

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 09:28
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9760&d=1315155635

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This part of Mars has caught my eye. Do I see a hint of green here? (maybe not so much on the pic but in the programme you can see it better.)

When going through this tool I constantly think about the Photoshop department at NASA. Sometimes the pixels of certain parts of the texture differs quite a bit. Some parts are of higher resolution which makes me wonder what's behind the parts with a lower resolution...

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 09:42
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9762&d=1315156037

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Where did the water go on Mars. With a little imagination you can see where the land masses were and where the oceans may have been. From my perspective I think the light sand colour is a place with sand like in the desserts and beaches here on earth. And the rocky bits, the more dark areas, are the land masses. And suddenly Islands appear and a coastline. :cool:

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 10:22
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9766&d=1315159049

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Earth with a number of satellites around it. Africa is so big. I heard that on some schoolmaps Africa is scaled down for some reason but in this picture you can really see the incredible size of the African continent.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9765&d=1315158531

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For some reason I find its a bit quiet at our closest neighbour the moon. I expected there to be more satellites orbiting it.

joamarks
4th September 2011, 10:30
great post!

Deedee
4th September 2011, 11:57
Hi Midnight Rambler. Thanks for showing us how to get to planets and moons. You certainly helped me get to Phobos which I found fascinating as one of Mars' Moons. I actually would not have tried out this link had it not been for you sharing your own experiences and how passionate you were about showing us how to navigate our way in the Solar System. You are highly creative in your Picture snapping and I intend now do a free fly in the Solar System in the constellation of Leo to see if I can find Elenin. Thanks again Midnight.. and if you don't find me at Avalon you'll know to find me dancing in the Cosmos.... Happy Sunday. Debra

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 13:27
Mimas and Saturn. Cant wait for humanity to become space travellers again. Seeing Saturn up close for real must be mind blowing!
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9741&d=1315142737

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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 13:45
The dark side of the moon. This is in Photo-mode.
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9742&d=1315143558

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Normal mode
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9743&d=1315143851

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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 14:09
Callisto with Jupiter on the background

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9744&d=1315145225

If you wonder how I make these screenshots here is how you do it.
Go full screen and go to Photo-mode. Then press the "printscreen" button and you will have copied it. Open picture editor software and paste it there. Then you can save it as Jpeg and upload it to PA.

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Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 15:12
The Sun

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9746&d=1315148699

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Go to the sun.

At the Visual Controls, crank up the Star Brightness to see the stars.

Then free fly to look at the stars. Because you are in the centre of the Solar System and everything revolves around the sun this is the perfect place to look at the star systems.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9728&d=1315125691

You can also have a great view of everything that orbits it in Normal mode. This picture was made in Photo-mode BTW

Deedee
4th September 2011, 15:24
Awesome Midnight Rambler... I love the Cosmos....

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 16:07
Mars keeps fascinating me.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9748&d=1315152167

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Almost all the pictures in this thread are now linked to the full-size. ;)

Deedee
4th September 2011, 17:15
Midnight Rambler,

How do I upload an image I took from Phoenix of Mars. When I click on Insert Image it asks me for the URL information and all I have is a JPeg. Thank you kindly. Debra

Deedee
4th September 2011, 19:42
I took my first picture of Mars from Phoenix. It may be a little small but practice makes perfect and the more I practice the better I'll get.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/album.php?albumid=498&attachmentid=9763

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 20:22
http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9774&d=1315167675

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They have added Elenin, at least.. I haven't seen it before now.

Midnight Rambler
4th September 2011, 20:33
Midnight Rambler,

How do I upload an image I took from Phoenix of Mars. When I click on Insert Image it asks me for the URL information and all I have is a JPeg. Thank you kindly. Debra

Here is the picture you mean I think.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9775&d=1315168240

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Deedee
4th September 2011, 21:37
Thank you Midnight Rambler,

Yes that's the one... Debra

Fenexrep
5th September 2011, 06:10
I may have caught it at the wrong time of its day but there doesn't appear to be very much detail of Mars's surface. It normally has a very pronounced gouge at its southern hemisphere. Thanks for the post MR.

Midnight Rambler
5th September 2011, 16:40
I may have caught it at the wrong time of its day but there doesn't appear to be very much detail of Mars's surface. It normally has a very pronounced gouge at its southern hemisphere. Thanks for the post MR.

Is this the gauge you mean Fenexrep?

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9790&d=1315240502

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You can put a light on the planets at the Visual Controls at lighting ;). So you are not dependant any more on the time of day to explore the texture of the planet.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9728&d=1315125691

Fenexrep
7th September 2011, 11:32
Hi MR, unfortunately that link bore no fruit. I realise it was meant to be a gif image, but all that results is a featureless blank page. Thanks for the response though.

Midnight Rambler
18th September 2011, 10:01
Here is a nice way to navigate the solar system. For those of you who dont know what I am on about, here the link (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov//eyes/index.html)for you again. (Press on 'Explore the Solar Sytem')

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9939&d=1316338005

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To see all the moons revolving around Saturn for example you need to go to Saturn and then go to Visual Controls and press on the icon with the concentric circles or schematic orbits. Make sure the little circle in front of Moons in Visual Controls is white.

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9728&d=1315125691

Another thing I find very enjoyable and eye opening is combining this tool with information coming from Santos Bonacci (http://www.youtube.com/user/MrAstrotheology) together with Google Earth (http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/agree.html). In Google Earth there is a way to look at the stars and the Zodiac. Go to the Saturn pictogram and click on it, then select sky. :cool:

http://projectavalon.net/forum4/attachment.php?attachmentid=9940&d=1316339752

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