Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Solar System Simulator

I was making a talk for a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) workshop for teachers that I'm running tomorrow, and it reminded me to tell you all about a fabulous toy.

It's the Solar System Simulator.

Imagine you're standing on Jupiter tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Being a naturally inquisitive space traveler, you're squizzing at Saturn through your telescope and thinking, hey, where's Cassini?

Since you happen to have a truly rockin wireless connection, you plug in your preferences to the Simulator and press Run, and bingo! You now know where to look (in the plane of the rings, a ways off to the right).

Go on, give it a go here. See if you can resist having a look at where Voyager 1 is now, when viewed from Earth (I recommend a 120 degree field-of-view).
Tags: outreach, science
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