Celestia Navigation

Celestia is a spaceflight simulator that allows you to explore real astronomical data as you fly through space. The majority of content is related to our Solar System.

This resource, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, acts as a basic guide and explores the potential of the program with a sample Key Stage Three activity included. The activity is called Catching Shadows on Jupiter – students use Celestia to identify shadows from some of the Jovian moons.

The program can be downloaded for free here. Versions are available for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. The program comes preloaded with the planets, their moons, some galaxies, and star clusters.

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