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I've added a few new features to the site.
Distant Worlds Star Mapper: There are several new enhancements. Major ones include:
a: Chart settings
Selecting all 4 of the options above will produce a view very similar to a chart out of a major star atlas.
Additional features after the break:
b: Catalog selection
You can now choose a star by its catalog number in one of three major catalogs: the Hipparcos catalog, the HR catalog (which uses the same numbers as the Yale Bright Star Catalog), and the Henry Draper (HD) catalog. This is useful if, for example, you want to pull up the view from any of a dozen recent exoplanets, most of whose stars have a HIP or a HD number, but are too dim to have a common name in one of the star menus.
Example: to view the Sun from Gliese 581, which may have a planet in its habitable zone, you could look up its Hipparcos number -- 74995 -- at any of a number of places, such as Wikipedia or SIMBAD, then use HIP 74995 as the "view-from location" and "sun" as the "look-towards location".
c: Image features
The Distant Worlds Star Mapper now uses a slightly different color scheme: spring green for most labels, orange for nearby stars, and yellow for the Sun. Coordinate and constellation boundary lines use dark, muted colors. These changes make the color scheme a little more consistent with the Encyclopedia of Suns. The star-drawing functions also generate slightly tighter star circles, which should make bright stars look a little more natural.
Encyclopedia of Suns:
The default star map is exactly the same as the Distant Worlds Star Mapper, except a few of the user options for the Mapper (like constellation lines) are pre-set in the Encyclopedia charts. The default image is much larger (800 x 600). Finally, the updated Encyclopedia charts include the "tooltips" from the Mapper (hover your pointer over a star to get more details). Since the updated Distant Worlds Star Mapper has many more features than the old static (StarStrider) charts, those are no longer available.