Re: [nbos] [AS2] [OT] 3D starfield viewer
Nyrath the nearly wise
Tue Jan 30th, 2007
Doug Jessee wrote:
> I am hoping for one of my classes to get my professor to sign off on using
> python and blender or Celestia to parse and render star data.
> I have not had a chance to figure out how Celestia pulls in its data, but if
> it gets to complex, then I will just use blender... I would like it if I
> could get AS to render clouds, Milky Way and nebulae. That is what I really
> like about Celestia.

You do know that Blender has a Python API and can accept
Python modules for internal executions, do you not?
Among other things this is how Blender imports alien
3D file formats.

It should be possible to write a Python import function
for Blender that could load star data in whatever format
and create a 3D model for a star map.
(AS already does this, but this would be something
educational for a class)

If you need help convincing your professor to sign off,
go to the Blender forum at
and ask for their advice. I'm sure they'd be happy to help you.
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