An Aurora Compass is included that shows where the auroral oval, the Moon and the Sun are located as you look up at the sky from your location. The phase and age of the Moon is also visualized in the compass. By zooming out in the 3D view port, satellites, stars and planets appear in their orbits around the Sun.
You may also visit any selected planet by rocket.
- Solar illumination of the Earth and the Moon.
- Aurora oval size and location in real time [1,2].
- Dayside location of the red colored Cusp.
- Forecasts based on predicted NOAA-SWPC Kp index.
- Color scaled Kp speedometer.
- Aurora Compass sky view display.
- Go to animation.
- Right Ascension and Declination of the Moon, Sun and 8 planets .
- Age of the Moon including the phase.
- Includes a 2.4 million star map .
- City light texture .
- Earth, Sun, Moon and planet textures [6,7].
- Skyview module to track planets and stars.
- 3-day space weather condition forecast as news ticker.
- 3-day long term Kp summary plot.
- Apparent Solar Time (AST).
- Skyview navigation.
- Laser Star pointer to 3D view port constellations .
- Sun and Moon daily elevation plots with rise and set time.
- Target links Wikipedia, Open Street Map, NOAA and YR
- Sky colors by the Perez formula [10,11].
- Virtual rocket launch to any planet in the solar system.
Search for "Aurora Forecast Rocketeer" by Fred Sigernes on App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).
Please read the Release notes before installation.
|Apple OSX ARM 64-bit||AuroraForecastR_OSXARM64||22|
|Ubuntu Linux 64-bit||AuroraForecastR_Linux||21|
Installation: Unpack the compressed file. Place the executable file in any directory of choice and just run it. Note that the executable file is not signed. You will need to trust it as an unknown 3rd party program. Setup .txt files will be generated automatically and located in your Documents folder. The program is tested on Windows 7-11, macOS Venture version 13.3.1, Debian 8 and Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS (Linux Readme).
IMPORTANT! The application is compiled with Delphi Firemonkey RAD studio. The hardware requirements is found here. Please check your system before you try to install the program.
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