junkie science

days of productivity: 2/100

missed yesterday because i was working (that’s productive though, right?), but made time today! currently working in the study guide for my physics class - and i’m finally starting to understand it.

i honestly am enjoying the course, and find it easier than math or chem. apparently double-majoring in music and physics is a thing. it’s definitely an idea for uni.

for a planner, I use a create 365 planner I found at Michaels. I’m kind of combining it with the idea of a bullet journal, and it’s working out pretty well.

overall, today’s been pretty productive!


21 / 03 ; such a beautiful day today! Here’s my favourite spread in my bujo which is typically to do with my love for cliche astronomical metaphors… but anyway, today’s plan is to finish a position paper I am writing on dehumanisation in social psychology and a pset containing triple integrals.  Wish me luck!!

terraformgirl  asked:

Hi scriptastronomer, I'm a new science fiction writer. I'm trying to make my book as believable as possible, but it is set in our universe, not a fictional one. So I need to figure out the real distances between stars and that is not as easy as it seems. It's easy enough to find the distances to earth, but distances between stars is a lot harder. I was hoping to find a nice tool online to do this, but all I found was lectures on how "easy" it was to do "simple 3D triangulation". Please help!

3D starmaps are completely awesome and a real pain to use. This is why in most science-fiction RPGs or stories, stellar maps are usually shown as very simple or abstract 2D views - like this map from David Weber’s incredibly enjoyable Honor Harrington series.

Of course, we know the real universe is in 3D, and we want to sail the sea of stars in our spaceships of the imagination.

That’s where our friend the computer comes into use.

For a nice website that goes into some details about the stars close to our planet, try SolStation.com. It started as a fan site for C.J.Cherryh’s Alliance/Union universe (Cherryh uses real star data) (also, really good SF stories) then branched into a general-astronomy-of-the-near-stars site.

Within that site, you’ll find some great data and a nice free app called chview. It’s a small PC app that allows you to see the nearby stars in their 3D glory, rotate your view, and get the distance between any two stars. It’s the first 3D star app that I found online that worked. (I also wrote my own out of frustration, but the less said about that the better.) 

For a more robust, yet more difficult to use tool, I recommend Astrosynthesis by NBOS software (PC only). I’ve been using it for years. 

It’s a 3D mapping application with many downloadable data sets of real star data. It’s designed to build and keep track of a science-fiction RPG campaign, but it would work for any SF story that involves star hopping. It’s a slight learning curve, but it’s much more flexible and customizable.

I recommend downloading and using the Kepner dataset, as it’s the most up-to-date. Do be aware that any and every real-star dataset will not have all the stars that actually exist, nor will all the distances be correct, because we don’t know everything about the universe, and even stars can go unnoticed in the big dark.

There are more programs that can be used, and a nice list is maintained by Winchel Chung at his Atomic Rockets site. 

WARNING: Atomic Rockets is an site chock full of real-world engineering, math, and science. It is also highly addictive to science junkies like me. However, even if you skip over the math, the diagrams and explanations are very useful for someone who wants a harder edge on their SF story.

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