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.

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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.