NASA published a new topographical map of Ceres recently. It contains feature names already adopted by International Astronomical Union. For more information on the map please see map’s details page.
So, I’ve took the map and turned it into Celestia add-on. Quick, easy job and now you can see it in 3D. Just unpack attached zip file into
extras directory of Celestia.
Today, I’ve updated the Solar System locations add-on for Celestia. New version sees the addition of all new features added by International Astronomical Union up to 2015.05.28 Continue reading Update of Solar System locations for Celestia
I subscribed to Science of Solar System course from Coursera. During the lectures on water on Mars, the instructor showed us the map of water distribution in Martian regolith and map of remnant magnetism of Martian crust. Continue reading Celestia: Scientific maps for Mars
Celestia is 3D space simulator that allows for virtual tours across our Galaxy and beyond. One of its features is ability to mark astrographical locations such as craters, mountains and valleys on the surfaces of celestial bodies (planets, moons and asteroids).
The catalogue of astrographical names adopted by International Astronomical Union is maintained on Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature – USGS Astrogeology Science Center site. As of Jun 5, 2015 there is over 15000 named locations.
Unfortunately, Celestia was last updated in 2011 and in the meantime IAU added a few thousand new astrographical locations. The files I developed provide data current as of Jun 5, 2015 and will be updated bi/tri-monthly.
Detailed instructions and informations are included in addon’s archive. Please note that before installing new version you should remove previous one.