TheSky6™ Astronomy Software

TheSky6 Standard Features Common To All Versions.
Planetarium Dusplay - Input any date (from 4,712 B.C. to A.D. 10,000) and any time to show a graphical representation of what the sky looks like from your location. TheSky6 can show the position of all of the planets, the Moon, comets, asteroids, satellites, up to 1 billion stars and up to 1 million deep-space objects (galaxies, clusters, nebulas,
double stars, variable stars, etc.). See TheSky's Databases for details.

Extensive Databases of Celestial Objects and Pictures - TheSky6 is packed with up to millions of celestial objects and thousands of detailed pictures. Over 13,000 images from the NGC and IC Catalogs (shown in-place using 1.7 arcsecond per pixel images from the Digitized Sky Survey). Almost 200 full color deep-space images from the David Malin collection.
Over 400 full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Over 150 images of solar system objects, including images from the Mars Rover and other space missions.
Detailed descriptions of the planets.
The Sun, Moon, planets, Jupiter and Saturn's major moons, and comets.
Find Objects - TheSky6 has a powerful Find command so you can locate any object. Find objects by: Stars, Common name, Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, General Catalog of Variable Star (GCVS) designation, Non-stellar variable star (NSV) designation,
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Catalog number, Struve designation, Washington Catalog of Double Star designation, Non-stellar objects, Caldwell number, Common name, Herschel number, Index Catalog number (IC), Lorenzin Catalog number, New
General Catalog (NGC/IC Project) number, Principle Galaxy Catalog number (PGC), Principle Galaxy Catalog cross-reference number , Zwicky, Arakelian Catalog of Galaxies, Catalog of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies (CGCG), David Dunlop Observatory Catalog of Galaxies, Fairall Catalog of Galaxies , Karachentseva Catalog of Galaxies , Kazaryan UV Galaxies, Kiso UV Galaxies, Second Byurakay Survey, Tololo Galaxies, Uppsala General Catalog of Galaxies (UGC), University of Michigan Catalog of Galaxies, Virgo Cluster Catalog of Galaxies Weinberger Catalog of Galaxies, Planetary Nebula designation (PLN), Saguaro Astronomy Club Deep-Space Object catalog (SAC) Solar System, Comet name, Minor planet name or number (Serious Astronomer and Professional Edition only), Moon, Satellites (Serious Astronomer and Professional Edition only), Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune Pluto. Constellations, Common name.

Detailed Information on Celestial Objects - Click on any object, or use the Find command to show extensive information on celestial objects, including: common name, catalog number (including cross references to other catalogs), for example M42 or NGC1976, description of the object, magnitude, distance information, rise, transit, set times, the constellation to which the object belongs, equatorial and horizon-based coordinates, other object and catalog specific data, position angle (as measured from the Celestial Pole) from the previously identified object, phase (where applicable).

Display Explorer - The Display Explorer is a versatile tool that allows you to access and edit virtually every display option in TheSky6 via a tree list control.

Display Reference Lines - TheSky6 can display reference lines that show coordinates, help you visualize your orientation, or indicate what part of the sky you’re looking. They include:
Ecliptic, Galactic Equator, Milky Way (picture), Milky Way (solid), Constellation lines, Constellation boundaries, Constellation drawings, Equatorial grid lines (customizable spacing), Horizon-based grid lines, Telescope limit lines, including declination and altitude limit lines (Serious Astronomer and Professional Edition only), Local horizon customizable), Refracted horizon, Panoramic horizon (customizable).

Display Object Labels - Show labels for the following objects: Common name (stars), Common name (non-stellar objects), Constellation name, Messier number, Sun, planet, moons, Bayer designation, Flamsteed designation, Comets, Minor planets or asteroids (Serious Astronomer and Professional Edition only), Customizable "extended" labels (Serious Astronomer and Professional Edition only).

Adjust Appearance of Stars - Show stars with their spectral color, change the contrast, gradient fill, density, halos on bright stars, red color in Night Vision Mode and more!

Use Toolbars to Access Commands - TheSky6 contains versatile toolbars for accessing commonly used commands.

Show/Hide a Status Bar - Display a Status Bar with customizable content, including:
Equatorial and horizon-based coordinates of the center of the screen, Equatorial and horizon-based coordinates of the mouse pointer, Earth location, Local sidereal time, Field width, Date, Time.

Look North, South, East, West or Up - Quickly orient yourself with the local horizon using these commands.

Zoom box - Click and drag a zoom box to magnify the current field.

Zoom to Pre-defined fields - Adjust the display to suit your instrument. Telescope, Finder scope, Binocular, Naked Eye, Wide Field, Maximum.

Move To Any Coordinate - The handy Move To command lets you center the display on any equatorial or horizon-based coordinate, from any Epoch.

Time Control - Astronomers are always looking forward, or backward in time. TheSky6 makes this easy! You specify how time advances or retreats.

Specify any Earth-based Location - Quickly specify your viewing location by selecting it from a list of over 1,200 locations, click on a World Map, or manually enter your coordinates (that are, for example, obtained from a GPS).

Create Object Paths - TheSky6 lets you generate the path of any solar system object over time. Create the Sun's analemma, or demonstrate the retrograde motion of Mars.

Eclipse Finder - The Eclipse Finder allow you to search for and animate solar and lunar eclipses, and view their geometry. TheSky6 even displays a solar eclipse's path of totality on a map of the Earth.

Conjunction Finder - Locate conjunctions between any three planets, or the Moon.

Moons of Jupiter and Saturn - Shows the positions of Jupiter's Galilean major moons and Saturn's major moons at any given time, allowing you to set the moons into motion.

Moon Phase Calendar - Display or print a monthly calendar (for any month) with the phase for each day and text showing the moon's significant phases. Also print the rise and set times for the Sun and Moon for each day of any month. Great for planning observing sessions!

Moon Viewer - Show detailed, medium-resolution photographs of the Moon's surface. The Moon Viewer can label common features, landing sites, and shows historical references about feature names. TheSky6 Professional Edition includes photographs with 100 meter resolution.

3D Solar System Mode - View the planets, comets, and minor planets from anywhere in the solar system. Watch comets race around the sun. Plot comet and minor planet's paths through the solar system. Lock On and/or View From any object during a time skip animation.

Display Constellations - TheSky6 shows detailed Bevis drawings, and/or simplified figures and/or the boundaries of all 88 constellations.

Daytime Sky Mode - Simulate the daytime sky to view sunrises, sunsets, or solar eclipses, in real time or accelerated time.

Sun and Moon Report - Generate a text-based report that shows the daily rise/set times of the Moon and Sun, as well as beginning and ending twilight times for the current month.

Full Screen Mode - Show only the Virtual Sky with no toolbars or windows. Great when using TheSky6 with the telescope.

Night Vision Mode - Change the computer screen to red to preserve dark adaptation. Great when using TheSky6 at your telescope.

Mirror Image - Invert the virtual sky to simulate the sky as it might appear through a telescope.

Chart Mode - Display the virtual sky similar to a printed star atlas.

Star Chart Output - Copy star charts to the Clipboard as Metafiles or Windows bitmaps to paste into other applications. Spruce up your next astronomy club newsletter by including a publication-quality star chart!

Print Star Charts - Star hopping was never easier! Print a hard copy of any portion of the night sky, and use it in the field to help identify objects.

Right-click and Drag Screen - Use the right mouse button to drag and adjust the position of the screen.

Compute Angular Separation - Display the precise angular separation between any two objects on screen.

Free Screen Rotation - Rotate the Virtual Sky in any angle when matching star fields.

Import and Display New Databases - Import additional databases of objects.

Stellar Proper Motion - Watch the motion of the stars over hundreds, or thousands of years. Proper motion "vectors" show the path that the stars will follow over time.

Display photograph of the Milky Way Galaxy - Display a high-resolution photograph galaxy, the Milky Way.

Display the Earth's Shadow - When simulating lunar eclipses, the Umbra and the Penumbra of the Earth's shadow is displayed against the starry background. This "object" is also very handy for minor planet hunters who need to search dark areas of the sky that are directly
"opposite" the Sun.

Send Star Chart as an Email Attachment - Shared a cool astronomical event with your friends who own TheSky6 by emailing a copy of your star chart (TheSky6 required).

Extensive Help Files - Questions? Use TheSky6's Help to get answers!

Detailed User's Guide (PDF) - TheSky6 comes with a comprehensive user's guide in Portable Document (PDF).

Create Slide Shows - Use TheSky6 to create a list of images that can be shown as a manual or automatic advancing slide show.

For feature details of TheSky 6 Student Edition, Serious Astronomer and Professional Astronomer, see the relevant entries in our online catalogue.

Minimum System Requirements:

TheSky6 is designed to run on the following operating systems: Windows 98, Windows ME,Windows NT4 (SP 6a required), Windows 2000, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional. TheSky6 does NOT run under Windows 95. At least 200MB of disk space is required to install TheSky6 Student Edition and about 1GB for the Serious Astronomer Edition. Over 3GB is required for full installation of TheSky6 Professional Edition. At least 128MB of RAM is recommended (as always, more RAM is better), and a quad-speed or faster CD ROM or DVD drive is desirable during installation. Performance with a processor slower than a 200MHz Pentium or equivalent is likely to be unsatisfactory.

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