Old CD’s: Games, Encyclopedia, Apps.

Reviews About Old Software on CD-ROM from the 1990’s

Distant Suns 3.0 February 6, 2009

Distant Suns 3.0

The observatory in Distant Suns 3.0 (Virtual Reality Laboratories Inc.) is as good as the planetarium in Redshift, which puts this disc at the very top of the Space CD-ROM heap. You can spend hours exploring, but first you had better take the time for a thorough reading of the introductory sections – this is a complex program. Once briefed, this CD-ROM works according to its promise. This is another hugely comprehensive program, a combination astronomer’s almanac/gazetteer/encyclopedia/atlas. You can find the location and position of stars, comets, and constellations for any date. There is a vast picture bank and a nice menu of long videos. One section teaches you proper star-gazing technique. The “Hover” mode is particularly good – watch the solar system moving from a point in space, then see planets rotating, and so forth. Neat! The program includes The Compleat Astronomer’s Companion with information that is quite current. All and all, this is a terrific reference title for anyone with a serious interest in astronomy.

– April 1995, Space

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