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"My family went to Upsilon Andromedae and all I got was this lousy Web site!"
With the publication of the Hipparcos data, it's possible to create realistic star scenes around stars so far away from the Sun that they're inconspicuous (or even invisible) without a telescope.
Before I wrote the online Distant Worlds Star Mapper, I used the rendering program POV-Ray to create star fields that I could then use as backgrounds for famous stars and planetary systems. A few of these images are listed below.