[nbos] [AS] Names, not just numbers.
Sam Orton
Sun Sep 30th, 2007
Just so you know, I have a pet project in the works for the long term.

I read classic science fiction as a child, and I've long since lost track of the times a character in a story had to place himself in the starfield by finding at least 3 stars he could recognize.

As time becomes available, I'm trying to recreate that starfield as best I can, starting from the 1000ly kepner data. Mostly what I'm doing is renaming bodies, i.e " HD 172167" to "Vega (a Lyr)", but where I can I'm filling in the gaps left by having only a location and "multiple star system", and changing things like WX UMa from a 'multiple star system' to a 'close multiple', since the two stars are actually TOUCHING. Also as I pick out 'navigation stars', the ones that can be seen clearly for thousands of light years, I'm extending their display distances.

What I'm *trying* for is a map where, with no more knowledge than you can pick up by browsing Wikipedia, a player "lost" in that map could actually figure out where he was and choose the right direction to go by nothing more than picking out stars he recognizes.

With over 2000 *named* stars in constellations within 1000ly, I expect to be at this for a long time. But at the end, I may have a starfield that you could recreate a Heinlein or Asimov story in without being haunted by their shades.

Sheesh, I need to get nbos to hire me to do this. *snicker*

Sam



"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect intended us to forego their use." - Galileo Galilei

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