Welcome to Luniss – the new name for the NightSky On-line Virtual Planetarium. Here, you can follow the development of the successor to NightSky3 during its development over the next few months.

Artificial Satellites

In Luniss, you'll be able to view all earth-bound artificial satellites, including the geo-stationary ones that provide your Sky TV signal (Astra). Read More.

14 April 2017

The ISS

The ability to track the International Space Station as well as some other man-made satellites is a new feature of our planetarium. Read More.

02 April 2017

Pleiades

When we launch later in the year, you'll be able to view all 110 Messier objects. Here's the Pleiades, visible with the naked eye. Read More.

04 March 2017

Billions of Stars

Thanks to Gaia, Tycho and other star catalogues, we have 535,248,573,996 bytes of data with which to paint the sky. Here's a sample of what you might see when entering Astrophotography Mode in our simulation of the northern skies. Read More.

01 February 2017

Deep Sky Objects

A new feature for our virtual planetarium is the inclusion of the deep sky objects. The biggest and brightest to start with, and many more to be steamed your way in future. We begin with Open Clusters and Globular Clusters, like Messier 13 seen in this black and white screen shot. Read More.

28 January 2017

Solar System

One can watch the planets wander around the sun at a million times normal speed, and/or fly through the solar system on a virtual spacecraft. Here we see a static shot of the solar system, with all the planets, Sun, Moon and some of the Jovian and Saturnian moons too. In the background, we see the Milky Way. Read More.

14 January 2017

Light Pollution

It's not just about simulating the stars and the planets, but it is also about simulating phenomena closer to home. Here we see a simulation of light pollution while looking at the constellation Orion. Five vertical slices simulate, from left to right: a dark sky site, rural/countryside, suburban, town and city. Read More.

05 January 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

The 2017 total solar eclipse as it appears from Earth, and from space showing its shadow as appears on the surface of planet Earth. Read More.

03 December 2016

Planet Earth

Back in March 2015, a total solar eclipse occurred over the Faroe Islands. Some amazing images were taken. But what did it look like from space? Read More.

12 November 2016

Jupiter's Moons and Shadows

Just set the date to witness some of the most cosmic planetary ballets that can be seen from Earth—the interplay between Jupiter's giant moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Read More.

5 November 2016

Sunrises and Sunsets

Expect to see bright blue skies in the middle of the day and sunset and sunrise effects at dusk and dawn. Read More.

31 October 2016

Lunar Eclipse

Whether you are excited by eclipses, have a taste for transits, or you're oriented towards occultations, we will be able to offer them all. Read More.

23 October 2016

Saturn

You are no longer stuck on planet Earth. Travelling through the solar system is a new feature, letting you fly over the rings of saturn. Read More.

17 October 2016

The Moon

With improved textures and digital elevation modelling, the Moon looks more realistic than ever. Read More.

17 October 2016

Stars

You will be able to view 2.5 million stars from our stellar database. However, our new architecture means that you will not be limited to viewing a few hundred at a time. Read More.

17 October 2016

Next Time...

Next time, we'll demonstrate some of the dynamics of Luniss in the form of an animation. Maybe it will be the dance of the hundreds of satellites that orbit us daily, or perhaps we'll take a ride on the Chelyabinsk meteor as it hurtles to Earth on its final journey.

02 April 2017
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