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Extensive Help Files


Stars in the NeighborHood™ software Help files tell you not only all about the software, but about astronomical science. In addition, you learn shortcuts which make using the software easier.

Astronomy Space Software - Space Stars in the NeighborHood: Help Index
Help Index lists key topics for quick access.

About the Software

The Help Index lists key topics for easy and quick access. Individual articles tell about the parts of the software and how to use them.

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Astronomy Space Software - Space Stars in the NeighborHood: Help file article on stellar types.
Help file article on stellar types including spectral classes and luminosity classes.

About Stars

The Help Index also provides access to articles on interesting individual star systems like six-sun ADS 9731, giant Aldeberan (Alpha Tauri), and Mira (Omicron Ceti), plus star types like red dwarfs, mid dwarfs, hot dwarfs, black holes, white dwarfs, and more, plus details on nearby star clusters like the Hyades, the Coma Cluster, and the Pleiades.

Also, notice the panel below the article. This gives links to related articles.

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Astronomy Space Software - Space Stars in the NeighborHood: Help file article on 'What is the Neighborhood.'
Help file article on "What is the Neighborhood" showing the Viewing Cube centered on Sol (our sun) and set to 32 parsecs width.

Getting Down
to Details

Individual articles cover all the details of the software including defining what we mean by "neighborhood." Not only does the help file tell this in words, but illustrates it with pictures from the software.

Each control is described in detail. And shortcuts are given to achieve the desired effect—like how to move across the Solar vicinity to the Pleiades Cluster.

The figure below shows the Viewing Cube Conrols, labeling each control and describing in text what each one does.

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Astronomy Space Software - Space Stars in the NeighborHood: Help file article on 'Viewing Cube Controls.'
Help file article on "Viewing Cube Controls."
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Astronomy Space Software - Space Stars in the NeighborHood: Help file article on the 'Jump to' function.
Help file article on the "Jump to" function which allow the user to go to a specific neighborhood without scrolling to it.

Getting the Most
Out of the Software

The Stars in the NeighborHood Help files not only tell you about the parts of the software, but also how to get the most out of it. For instance, the "Jump to" function allows you to move to a specific neighborhood without scrolling to it. Notice the link below the article for "Other Quick Move Hints." Shortcuts like these help you to become an expert in Stars in the Hood in no time.

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