What additional data to show in infopanel (qt version)

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What additional data to show in infopanel (qt version)

Post #1by onetwothree » 28.08.2019, 14:01

Hi all,

in Qt GUI version we have a info panel which shows some data for an object selected in the Sky catalog. What additional data should we show for different objects if any?

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Post #2by SevenSpheres » 03.11.2019, 23:25

I think that in addition to the InfoURL parameter in data files, there could also be a Description parameter, for a description of an object to be shown in the info panel. Of course the Lua Tools have a similar function, but it would be easier to have the description in the same file as the definition of the object.
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Post #3by FarGetaNik » 04.11.2019, 16:14

I brought this up on the discord the other day. I havent' quite figured out how to have it display anything yet, or maybe its just the latest build.

But I'd love it to display non-render relevant data, like the orbital classification of minor objects (minor moon family or dynamical class of minor planets, TNOs) or say the discovery method for exoplanets. I'm not sure if that would require a separate ssc parameter or if there's a more convenient solution.

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Post #4by Anthony_B_Russo10 » 04.11.2019, 17:16

Along with the specific classification of a planet, like whether it's rocky, a gas giant, an ice giant, dwarf planet, or a hot Jupiter for example.
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Post #5by SevenSpheres » 04.11.2019, 22:18

FarGetaNik wrote:I havent' quite figured out how to have it display anything yet, or maybe its just the latest build.

The info panel can be shown by right-clicking on an object and selecting "Info".

A Description parameter could include things like the type of object and discovery method. I'm thinking it would look like this:

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"Jupiter" "Sol" {
   ...
   Description "Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter has been known to astronomers since antiquity. It is named after the Roman god Jupiter. When viewed from Earth, Jupiter can be bright enough for its reflected light to cast shadows, and is on average the third-brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus."
   ...
}

And the result would look like this (Celestia screenshot edited in GIMP):

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Post #6by FarGetaNik » 05.11.2019, 18:43

SevenSpheres wrote:The info panel can be shown by right-clicking on an object and selecting "Info".

I see, thanks. I knew I had it display something before but just enabling it from View/Info Browser doesnt do anything (maybe that should be updated too).

I like that idea, something like that would be neat. :smile:


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