Astronomy Lab. (educational software) (evaluation)
by Bruce Bowden
Need a little help with your astronomy homework? Astronomy Lab might be ideal. Its outstanding features include two-dimensional charts, animations, and reports or almanac printouts of astronomical events. The charts include common solar, lunar, and planetary events; orbital data for Jupiter's Galilean moons; and diurnal information for the user-specified viewing location from earth.
Animations illustrate the above topics. All scenes are calculated on the fly; a fast microprocessor or a math coprocessor will make the effect less like a slide show and more like a movie. Animation speed aside, Astronomy Lab deserves a look before you begin to stare into space.
IBM PC and compatibles, 512K
EGA or VGA;supports Epson, PostScript, and HP Laserjet printers--$59.95
8547 E. ArapahoE Rd., Sts. J-147
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO 80112