First version of Sky Map Online appeared in 1997. It was supposed to be
a tool for finding charts creation under operation of professional
astronomers or advanced amateurs. It had been developed by me and
Sergey Karpov. Now it is
available with "Professional Edition" link.
Oleg Bartunov, the
PI of Astronet project adviced to create a special edition of the program to
be used by usual people who just likes to look at the sky.
Now Sky Map Online allows to create maps showing the sky view for any
time moment, for the observer located in any place of the Earth surface.
Up to 9.000 stars, planets, the Sun and the Moon, Milky Way, grids of
celestial coordinates, constallation boundaries and figures can be displayed
on the map. It is possible to decorate the horizont line with a mountain
landscape, taken in the Northern Caucases region, near Arkhyz village in
The software is based on GD 2.0.13 by
Tom Boutell), CPDF Library 2.0.2 (
for creation of printable charts, Astrolib by
to compute planet positions.
Milky Way map has been
taken from PP3
software package byTorsten Bronger.
Internationalization support is based on ZLine software-technological
platform, developed by Delta-Soft LLC.
I would like to appreciate all the
"Astronet" project participants and
Sergey Karpov and
Artem Tuntsovfor useful tips and discussions.
Any feedback is welcome at
2004, January the 2nd.