Nightshade is simulation and visualization software for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science, and related topics. Digitalis leads development of the Nightshade project.
Our Nightshade Legacy version was originally a fork of the award-winning Stellarium software, but tailored for planetarium and educator use. (Digitalis was also part of the Stellarium development team.)
Legacy is the version currently used in Digiarium systems, but will soon be superseeded by the newer Nightshade NG.
Nightshade Legacy Feature Comparison
The following is a comparison of the major differences between Nightshade Legacy running in our specialized environment on Digitarium systems, Nightshade Legacy alone, and Stellarium.
|Feature||Nightshade Legacy on Digitarium||Nightshade Legacy Alone||Stellarium|
|Numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements||✓||✓||✕|
|Greater configurability and attention to planetarium specific features||✓||✓||✕|
|Close integration with our uniquely intuitive remote control interface||✓||✕||✕|
|Two-way integration with our uniquely powerful Universal Console iPad or desktop interface||✓||✕||✕|
|Enhanced starfield realism/configurability||✓||✓||✕|
|More solar system objects and higher resolution planet surfaces and nebula images||✓||✕||✕|
|Nightly data updates for asteroids, comets, exoplanets, and artificial satellites.||✓||✕||✕|
|Support for daylight savings and all world timezones||✓||Linux only.||✕|
|Show moon or other body orbit visualizations (3D depth buffered for realism)||✓||✓||✕|
|Explore a planet from above||✓||✓||✕|
|Load solar system objects (such as natural or artificial satellites, asteroids, comets, etc.) from a StratoScript||✓||✓||✕|
|Play videos from a StratoScript||✓||Not by default.||✕|
|Play videos from a StratoScript corrected for dome distortion||✓||✕||✕|
|Play a StratoScript from a USB drive or the internal hard drive||✓||Hard drive.||✕|
|Lens distortion correction built in (Digitalis lenses)||✓||✕||✕|
|Support for distortion correction when the projector must be placed off-center||✓||Not video.||✕|
|Integration with our media display/distortion correction software (perspective, off center, and lens distortion correction for video and images displayed anywhere on the dome)||✓||✕||✕|
|Zoom to a location below the zenith for easier viewing in a dome||✓||✓||✕|
|No hardware or driver compatibility issues to deal with||✓||✕||✕|
|Automated software updates at your command||✓||✕||✕|
|Free technical support for the life of your Digitarium system||✓||✕||✕|
|Future software support||Nightshade NG Basic or Professional (exclusive)||End of life.||No focus on planetarium usage.|
Nightshade is a registered trademark and StratoScript is a trademark of Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc.
There's nothing worse than sitting there with a group of kids and the technology doesn't work or you don't know what to do. But this really is simple. You can do it all with the touch of a button.
— Robby Cramer, Grand Haven Area Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI