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Old 01-22-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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On stars that we can see with the naked eye that is. When I see a star in the sky I would like to know how far it is, how big it is compared to the sun, if it has any planets around it, etc. What i would like is a basic simple book or a link that might explain those things. Probably will need a sky chart of some sort. Anyone know of anything?
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:08 PM
 
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Check out Stellarium, excellent astronomy tool and free to boot....

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:15 AM
 
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Check out Stellarium, excellent astronomy tool and free to boot....

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Ditto. And when you tire of that, check out Celestia:

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Old 01-23-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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On stars that we can see with the naked eye that is. When I see a star in the sky I would like to know how far it is, how big it is compared to the sun, if it has any planets around it, etc. What i would like is a basic simple book or a link that might explain those things. Probably will need a sky chart of some sort. Anyone know of anything?
I highly recommend a planetarium program that is freely available online. It is called Stellarium, and can be downloaded here:

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You can point your cursor at a star or other object, and a pop up will appear in the upper left hand corner that will provide information on the object. Another free software is Microsoft's "Worldwide Telescope".

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