Nightshade® Simulation Software
Nightshade is simulation and visualization software for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science, and related topics.
Our emphasis is on usability, realism, feature stability, and performance. Nightshade is largely backward compatible with scripts for Stellarium 0.8.2 and earlier using the StratoScript™ language developed and maintained by Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.
Digitalis leads development of Nightshade, which is run under an open model where anyone can submit a bug report, feature request, code changes, and otherwise get involved. Most source code is openly available and our development roadmap is public. Our project site is: http://www.NightshadeSoftware.org.
Nightshade NG (Next Generation)
Digitarium systems ship with Nightshade NG. Check out some feature highlights.
- Nightshade NG was a complete rewrite from the ground up which threw out the limitations inherited from earlier projects in favor of advanced features supported by cutting-edge simulation techniques.
- Commercially licensed editions for dome use are exclusive to Digitarium hardware:
- Nightshade NG Professional
- Nightshade NG Basic
Nightshade NG Basic is a budget version with more limited features, as shown below.
|Supports add-on terrain data sets||★||★|
|3D model support||Built-in models only.||★|
|Travel within the Solar System||★||★|
|Fly to stars||
|Fly to volumetric nebulae models||
|Travel outside the Milky Way Galaxy||
|Volumetric Milky Way Galaxy model||
|Sloan Digital Sky Survey galaxy 3D dataset||
Access in the Universal Console to the Data console with
catalogs of data sets to display and manipulate.
|Adaptive show soundtracks||
|Required for multi-projector support||
|Required for digital audio support||★|
Nightshade NG is a free upgrade for Digitarium users with at least Operating Platform 5 (OP5).
Wow! The Digitalis projector is a true innovation for portable planetaria. It is compact, one-piece and easily transported -- no more multiple cylinders, no more tiny planet pieces or moon magnets. The software it contains increases a hundredfold (maybe more) the capacity of topics we can do in the portable planetarium... Thank you, Digitalis!
— Elizabeth Wiles, (formerly at) Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA