Monday, October 24, 2005

Looking up

Another way to figure out where you are, and not a new one is by looking up the stars. If you use a sextant to measure how high in the sky Polaris is (in the northern hemisphere) for example, you can from that figure out your current latitude.

Orionic is a pretty handy freeware package (available for ARM, MIPS and SH3) that you can use to figure out constellations and stars on a clear night.

Enter your current latitude and longitude and choose between current system time or some other and you are done. Orionic will display the current sky for your time/position.

By tapping a star you can see its name. A Go to menu will let you choose a constellation you want to see or display the stars on a given direction (N, S, W, E and Zenith).

Check it out.