Posts by fsgregs

by fsgregs
12.05.2019, 19:47
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: For Celestia: Sun becoming red giant anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 481

There is just such an addon on Motherlode

For years, a big Red Giant addon has been available on the Motherlode, but it has been included as one of several addons in one of the Celestia Educational Activities . As a F/u to this post, I have now just uploaded it to the Motherlode as its own separate addon, called "Red-Giant'Earth.zip&qu...
by fsgregs
08.01.2018, 22:24
Forum: Ideas & News
Topic: New update for Celestia Users Guide for 1.6.1
Replies: 1
Views: 1122

New update for Celestia Users Guide for 1.6.1

Thanks to Selden, I discovered that the Users Guide I wrote for Celestia 1.6.0 in 2014, had not been updated since 1.6.1 came out. That is now corrected. I have posted a new Users Guide for 1.6.1 on the motherlode, at http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/catalog/documentation.html Since the celestia.sp...
by fsgregs
19.12.2017, 03:15
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Starship Avalon" from the movie, "Passengers"
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Re: Starship Avalon" from the movie, "Passengers"

Thanks John. I saw this and realized it was a 3D printed model. I did not realize it could be converted to a digital 3DS or CMOD. I wish I knew how to do all this. I once tried to learn Blender, and it was so far above my ability I just gave it up. I guess you can't teach an old 70 yr old dog new tr...
by fsgregs
17.12.2017, 22:30
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Starship Avalon" from the movie, "Passengers"
Replies: 8
Views: 1958

Starship Avalon" from the movie, "Passengers"

I thoroughly enjoyed the 2016 movie, "Passengers", starring Jennifer Lawrence and /Chris Pratt. The movie took place on a massive "starship" named, "Avalon", which was designed by the movie directors to be somewhat realistic. It rotated to simulate gravity, and did not ...
by fsgregs
09.11.2017, 18:46
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Any new Jupiter textures from Juno?
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Any new Jupiter textures from Juno?

Juno has been active since it arrived in Jupiter space this past summer. Since then, it has taken some spectacular photos of Jupiter, showing details of clouds never seen before, particularly near the poles. Here is one such view. eaba964564cdf1f7338194ce337d88da.jpg Has JPL or NASA released a new H...
by fsgregs
09.11.2017, 13:20
Forum: Celestia in Education
Topic: All Educational Activities updated for 2017/18
Replies: 7
Views: 2273

Is this a 32 bit machine problem?

Hi. The Celestia161-ED install file is actually 3.3 GB in size, and 7.5 GB unzipped. Most of that size is due to a single add-on present in the "extras" folder of Celestia161-ED. That add-on is called "VT Earth". Unzipped, it is almost 6 GB of the 7.5 GB. I could remove it from t...
by fsgregs
19.10.2017, 13:34
Forum: Celestia in Education
Topic: All Educational Activities updated for 2017/18
Replies: 7
Views: 2273

All Educational Activities updated for 2017/18

Hi all. After five years, I finally found the time to update all of the educational activities for Celestia for 2017. They use Celestia 161-ED, a specialized version of Celestia 161 that includes sound and Lua Edu tools. The updates took a month to prepare and include additions of new spacecraft, ed...
by fsgregs
02.10.2017, 17:23
Forum: Help Central
Topic: Running Activities in Celestia 161-ED issues
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

New updated activities coming very soon

Dan: The entire educational page and its activities have been updated for 2017, and are now being uploaded to motherlode. Visit by the end of this week, and you should fine everything new. Uninstall your old Celestia-ED program and all files, and install the new ones. Then read the "Quick-Guide...
by fsgregs
17.09.2017, 01:34
Forum: Textures
Topic: Enceladus color surface map
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: Enceladus color surface map

Thanks for the texture. It is more detailed than what is on motherlode, and you did get some nice color into it. here is a screenshot with your texture matching the above picture. Perhaps NASA will get around to publishing a new texture that is identical to the original photo. Cassini certainly has ...
by fsgregs
16.09.2017, 21:43
Forum: Textures
Topic: Enceladus color surface map
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Enceladus color surface map

Now that Cassini is no more, I have been searching for an updated high-res color map of Enceladus, with hints of blue tiger stripes, and no more blurry surfaces. I found a grayscale big map of Enceladus on the NASA website, and I found lots of photos of Enceladus in true color, with lots of blue str...
by fsgregs
13.09.2017, 22:28
Forum: Help Central
Topic: Running Activities in Celestia 161-ED issues
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

All Educational Activities have just been updated

Sorry for your troubles. Fortunately, I have just updated the entire Educational page and its add-ons for 2017/2018. All files have been changed. Motherlode should be able to update the education page within a few days max. You will have to discard your old Celestia161-ED.exe directory on your PC (k...
by fsgregs
03.07.2017, 12:53
Forum: Scripting
Topic: Using change distance command in a cel script
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Re: Using change distance command in a cel script

Thanks guys for the reply. I can indeed print some text first, then start the program changing distance. I tried that and the print did occur, then the fly-in began, and nothing else happened on the screen until the fly-in was done. The print stayed on screen during the entire fly-in. It was sequent...
by fsgregs
02.07.2017, 18:15
Forum: Scripting
Topic: Using change distance command in a cel script
Replies: 6
Views: 1275

Using change distance command in a cel script

Hi all: I am writing a simple script to display some text on the screen while Celestia is flying through space. I have an old script that sends the program through space with the"changed distance" command. An example would be: select { object "HIP 83266" } changedistance { durati...
by fsgregs
02.06.2017, 16:15
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ceres Textures
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

What am I not doing correctly?

Hi guys: I thought I had all the correct files and model, and ssc file entries correct in my Ceres extras folder, but something is wrong. Here is a screenshot of my current Ceres: https://1drv.ms/i/s!AlxY_utkDRE6hmnobYRbBbSSz-sF https://1drv.ms/i/s!AlxY_utkDRE6hmnobYRbBbSSz-sF It does not look the s...
by fsgregs
02.06.2017, 15:41
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ceres Textures
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

Re: Ceres Textures

How do you use an albedo texture in Celestia? Is there a line in the ssc file you use?
by fsgregs
31.05.2017, 16:04
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ceres Textures
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

Re: Ceres Textures

thanks

Looks great

Frank
by fsgregs
31.05.2017, 14:32
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ceres Textures
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

Re: Ceres Textures

Great looking stuff. Are you planning (I hope) to create a mesh we can use in Celestia? I have no idea how to do so.

Frank
by fsgregs
18.10.2016, 21:55
Forum: Textures
Topic: Ceres Textures
Replies: 44
Views: 9306

Ceres texture maap on Steve Albers page

Steve Albers has done a great looking updated Ceres map in 8K

Here is the link: http://laps.noaa.gov/albers/sos/sos.html

Here is an image of the map:
by fsgregs
09.10.2016, 17:21
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Infinite Universe / Multiverse
Replies: 8
Views: 1723

great - looking forward to their posting

Cham: These are excellent. Have you thought of posting them on Motherlode? If not, I do not have a cloud site to call my own at the moment, but there are several free cloud sites that could host some or all of these addons, at least for a short period of time (a few weeks). Dropbox.com is one, and M...
by fsgregs
09.10.2016, 16:10
Forum: Add-on development
Topic: Infinite Universe / Multiverse
Replies: 8
Views: 1723

Infinite Universe / Multiverse

Hi all. As some of you know, I operate a popular educational video channel on YouTube with thousands of subscribers and millions of views. Yesterday, I posted a new 9 minute HD video choreographed to powerful music, that asks the question, "How big in the sky"? Here is a link to the video:...

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