I have been working on a fun, *mindboggling* project for a few weeks. It finally got its name: Galaxy Navigator 3D – because that’s more or less what it is 🙂
The European Space Agency, ESA, launched satellite Gaia in 2013 to optically register each an every star it can detect. The database of stars it has produced (or rather, a subset of the database) is used by Galaxy Navigator 3D. The database is downloaded, cached, and loaded into our interactive navigator, allowing you to easily move around the stars of the Milky Way, using the mouse and keyboard. Main page is here.
Local Stars and Axes
ESA estimates that there are 100 thousand million stars in our galaxy. Of these, roughly 1% (or one billion stars) have been detected by the Gaia satellite, meaning that the majority of the stars in the galaxy are too faint for detection, or simply occluded by other stars and distributed matter. The preliminary database released by ESA, the TGAS database, contains accurate information for 1.2 million stars.
Our latest release brings in some new major features, namely:
- A Google Chrome-based web browser (completely built into the 3D environment)
- Internet Radio. If you enable this, MMiX.Me will connect to Loudcity and fetch the current station listing
Get MMiX.Me 0.1.6!
This is a release containing mainly minor fixes and changes (though quite important and nice!) Most of all, you will notice the addition of some keyboard shortcuts to help you reach the more commonly needed functions. Try F1 for a start! It brings you to the new and shiny (but still rather small) help page 🙂
Additionally, there is work started on the metadata system (for viewing, and later editing) ID3 tags in your music files. You will see most of this work if you right-click an album.
Oh, and the sky is brighter! Not so gloomy 😎
Get MMiX.Me 0.1.6!
Several stability issues have been addressed, and quite a bit of graphics updates are done to make MMiX.Me an even more pleasing experience 🙂 We have so far reached version 0.1.5 available in downloads.
There are also reports of MMiX.Me working under Ubuntu/Linux. Check out some tips!
We have released a more stable, much faster, version called MMiX.Me 0.1.1. Note the change in numbering.
Please check it out on the downloads page!!
Today we published a new version of MMiX.Me (a beta version of course). Get it while it’s hot! This version is our first official beta release which means it is ready for beta testing! Stability should be good, but still, hold on to your hat! Please visit the MMiX.Me Download page to download your own free copy.
What do you think? Please visit the forums or send us your comments and feedback.
/The MMiX.Me Team – ftw!