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100,000 Stars ~ Programmed by enthusiasts at Google, this is an interactive and experimental visualisation of our stellar neighbourhood. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars, with 87 of these picked out for special attention before you reach our solar system. You’ll need a suitable graphics card and a browser that supports WebGL…
Abacus Astrology ~ Apparently not updated since 2004, this site offers three programs that calculate your birthchart for you, then providing either a brief or more detailed interpretation and a synastry comparison between you and someone else for compatibility purposes. They’re free and run fine in the latest browsers. Why not try them out?
Adding Sedna to Solar Fire ~ Solar Fire dominates the market for professional grade astrology software. Here you’ll learn about tweaking your existing Solar Fire 5.1 installation to include the very latest in astronomical discoveries. This isn’t really a website, more an invaluable piece of advice from Astrolabe. Tell your friends if they haven’t upgraded!
A Literary Appreciation Of The Tz Database ~ The tz database is your best source reference for time zones across the world and for when daylight savings are observed. Besides being adopted by some of the most important computing systems around, if you take the trouble to study the notes behind this reference, you’ll see it is a long way from a dry academic exercise.
Ancient Government Computers ~ If you find it a hassle keeping your computer up to date, spare a thought for the US government. Its nuclear deterrent relies on 8-inch floppy disks, phased out for the 5.25” equivalent after five years in 1976 and ousted by the sleeker 3.5” version in 1982. The US Treasury runs on museum pieces from about 1960, with no plans to upgrade…
Astrocom.Com ~ Website of Astro Communications Services, better known in astrological circles simply as ACS. As well as describing their essential publications and range of software, you can also choose from a fantastic selection of free desktop wallpaper and send some of the best astrological e-cards that are out there.
Astrolabe v. Olson ~ Astrolabe are behind some big sales of astrology software. The tz database is used for time zone data in the majority of computer systems worldwide, but is free and maintained by two volunteers. Astrolabe decided to sue for copyright infringement, based on undisguised references to some of their own widely available products…
Astrolife ~ These people sell the software behind the Astro Sketch reports from Shaadi.com, an Indian marriage website and across roughly 71 other domains. They have been using my keyword traits for the twelve zodiac signs verbatim since 2006 at least, taking their website down when I mention their copyright infringement and putting it back again up a few weeks later…
Astrolog 6.00 ~ The charting software Astrolog has a near mythic status among astrologers, as one of the first programs able to calculate your horoscope accurately, of still being among the best for the various flavours of Linux and because finally, it is and always will be totally free. Version 5.40 was released nineteen years back. Version 6.00 arrived in December, 2015…
Astrology Tools ~ An excellent site, developed in the UK by Tracy Delaney. Initial impressions belie hidden complexity, because here you can carry out all sorts of online astrological calculations, including many recent astronomical discoveries in your workings. Everything is seamless and very easy to use. Highly recommended!
Astrology under Linux ~ I’d love to move to Linux, since the cooperative ethos and idea of software as a shared resource for everybody, certainly appeals. The only problem as you’ll see from this feature is the limited range of applications available once you do. If you need an emulator or such to run Windows programs still, really what’s the point?
Astronomy Freeware ~ Links to a staggering array of astronomy freeware, from specialist applications through software planetaria, to programs that control and even help you make your own telescope. A few links are dead, but it’s surprising the number that persist, although how some of them might run these days I’d certainly be inclined to wonder.
Astronomy Simulations & Animations ~ The trend within software currently is to move away from proprietary technologies towards a more open source future. That’s fine, but at the end of the day it comes down to the user experience, as this range of simulations and tutorials from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, written in Adobe Flash all demonstrate beautifully…
AstroSimple.com ~ This site starts out from a unique perspective, as my first recommendation to be presented mainly in Thai. However, there is plenty to ensure a worthwhile visit for English speakers too, with some absorbing chart calculation software written in Flash for use online and a custom version of the venerable Astrolog to download…
AstroViewer ~ There are several maps of the night sky online that will help you pinpointing the planets and the backdrop of the constellations for your location and moment of observation. This interactive example is one of the best I’ve seen, with plenty of features to customise and a full version you can try live or feature on your website.
AstroWin ~ Once you’ve used the online services, you start thinking about some astrology software for yourself, to use in the unimaginable situation of finding yourself minus your high speed broadband connection. Search for a few moments and you are sure to encounter AstroWin. It’s free and must be worth a few hours of your time…