If you like exploring the stars, you'll love this software. Unlike any other, this gives you a chance to customize your exploration. You can zoom in and out, filter out star types for a more focused look, and even tag and name the stars. Click-and-drag functionality allows you to rotate the entire local region of the galaxy.
The view below shows the neighborhood of the Hyades cluster in Taurus. And below that is a view of the galactic vicinity showing our own sun in the center and the blue, neighborhood cube surrounding the Hyades cluster.
3D view of the Hyades cluster in Stars in the NeighborHood software. Click on the image to see full-size.
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Stars in the NeighborHood "caught my eye for its intriguing perspective on our neck of the universe. I am studying it intensely and truly enjoying myself! Thank you for such a detailed and fun learning tool."—Tom S., Pennsylvania, USA
3D view of the solar vicinity, with Hyades cluster bracketed by blue Locator Cube, in Stars in the NeighborHood software. Click on the image to see full-size.
Stars in the NeighborHood software showing both the neighborhood viewing cube (left) and galactic locator (right). The viewing cube shows Alpha Centauri selected with the green focus marker. Four systems are marked as containing planets. Click on the image to see full-size.
Orion as seen from Earth, viewed in Stars in the NeighborHood software. Click on the image to see full-size.
Orion as seen from Alpha Centauri, viewed in Stars in the NeighborHood software. Notice the distortions of the constellation. Also notice the bright, blue-greenish star next to Betelgeuse. Can you guess which star this is? Click on the image to see full-size.
Distance view of Orion as seen from Alpha Centauri, viewed in Stars in the NeighborHood software. The large, bluish-green dot marks nearby Sirius invading the constellation next to Betelgeuse. The largest dot represents Alpha Centauri C, also known as Proxima Centauri. Click on the image to see full-size.
Stars in the NeighborHood software showing stars marked in olive green as "Garden Spots" of the galaxy. The red orbit markers indicate stars known to have planets. You can customize the software to mark each star with 1 of 7 color markers. Click on the image to see full-size.
Star list query form in Stars in the NeighborHood software. From here, you can search for individual stars by catalog number or groups of stars by traits. Click on the image to see full-size.
Results of a star list query in Stars in the NeighborHood software. This one shows the results of all stars like our sun known to have planets. Click on the image to see full-size.
3D view of the local region of the Milky Way galaxy, viewed in Stars in the NeighborHood software. Notice how the software's Locator Cube (gray) protrudes out the top and bottom of the galactic disk. The neighborhood Viewing Cube (blue) is in the center of the Locator. Click on the image to see full-size.
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7 Different Views of the Same Regions of Space
3D Neighborhood view, zoomable (from 1–32 parsecs across)
3D Vicinity view, an overview of our region of the Milky Way, showing the location of the Neighborhood viewing cube.
3D Zoom Out Universe view. From Earth to the Local Group of galaxies by powers of 10.
Night sky views as you might see the stars from Earth.
Hood-Vicinity view, filtering stars by relative distance from the solar neighborhood.
Distance view, where larger dots represent closeness. At a glance, you can tell how far the stars are from you.
Alien Sky view. This shows you how the skies look from a different star system.
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