David Wardle, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / February 12, 2013
This set contains astronomy applications that allow viewing 3D star maps. Some of them are complete virtual planetariums that also offer a lot of information about planets, asteroids, stars, comets, constellations, and so on.
Download solution synonyms: Virtual 3D Planetarium, 3D Solar System, 3D Astronomy Tool
These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:
Microsoft WorldWide Telescope 2.1 is a great application. It is a virtual telescope. You could see almost all the known stars, galaxies, nebulae and planets. Its really cool to zoom through the sky, if you are interested in astronomy. This will be a great application for schools, especially when you consider that it is a freeware.
WinStars 126.96.36.199 is a program that shows you the objects in the Solar System in 3D. WinStars has a database of 2,500,000 stars, a catalogue of 10,000 nebulae, galaxies and star clusters, a calculation of astronomical phenomena visible from the Earth, and a calculation of the positions of the principal satellites of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, comets and asteroids.
CyberSky is a planetarium program designed for those passionate about astronomy. You can find more about constellations, comets, planets and everything else related to the endless sky by using this app. What is interesting about this application is the opportunity given to users to situate themselves in different moments of the evolving universe.
Astronomy software, shows you the complete night sky (340,000 stars) and our solar system in a 3D orrery view with the planets, asteroids, and comets from any place at any time. Many animation options, printing.
Stellarium 0.9.1is a free program that puts a 3D planetarium on your computer screen. It lets you choose your viewing point coordinates, so you can watch the sky on the screen as if you were using a telescope in real life. You can make the illusion more realistic adding atmosphere effects and views including the ground.