17 April 2017

Added DSS Survey

We added support for showing the Digitized Sky Survey data, produced by the Space Telescopt Science Institute. To turn it on, go into the view menu and check the ‘DSS’ box, then wait for the images to load.


Copyright notice:

The Digitized Sky Surveys were produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope. The plates were processed into the present compressed digital form with the permission of these institutions.

The National Geographic Society - Palomar Observatory Sky Atlas (POSS-I) was made by the California Institute of Technology with grants from the National Geographic Society.

The Second Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS-II) was made by the California Institute of Technology with funds from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Sloan Foundation, the Samuel Oschin Foundation, and the Eastman Kodak Corporation.

The Oschin Schmidt Telescope is operated by the California Institute of Technology and Palomar Observatory.

The UK Schmidt Telescope was operated by the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, with funding from the UK Science and Engineering Research Council (later the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council), until 1988 June, and thereafter by the Anglo-Australian Observatory. The blue plates of the southern Sky Atlas and its Equatorial Extension (together known as the SERC-J), as well as the Equatorial Red (ER), and the Second Epoch [red] Survey (SES) were all taken with the UK Schmidt.

All data are subject to the copyright given in the copyright summary. Copyright information specific to individual plates is provided in the downloaded FITS headers.

Supplemental funding for sky-survey work at the ST ScI is provided by the European Southern Observatory.

31 March 2017


We can now see some of the asteroids and minor planets in the interactive sky map, such as Ceres, Pallas, Vesta, etc. For the moment the number of asteroid is limited to 500, but we will eventually add the full data set from the Minor Planet Center, with hundred of thousands of asteroids.

24 March 2017

Added calendar page

We added an astronomical events computation page (the ‘calendar’ button in the site top bar) You can specify a month, and see the list of astronomical events that during this period.

We are going to try to add more options and event types in the following weeks.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions about how to improve it.

08 March 2017

Planets Ephemeris

Added a new tab in the UI of the planetarium where we can see the Moon and the major planets rising and setting times.

07 March 2017

Automatic geo location

I made a minor update to the planetarium so that the city is automatically set if possible. This is based on the user ip, using geoip-db service.

02 March 2017

Noctua Sky first release

This is the first release of Noctua Sky. The first feature is the online planetarium. The interface lets you control:

  • The constellations lines
  • The atmosphere
  • The landscape
  • The nebulae hints
  • Your position (for the moment you can only pick a city)
  • The time
  • Equatorial and Azimuthal grids
  • Selected object information
  • Search a star, planet or nebulae

The number of stars is limited to about 9,000 stars for the moment.