This is one tool I wanted to develop for quite a while but I was never able to find the time for this, until this weekend when I finally got it done.

This is a 3D map of the nearest stars within 16 light years from the earth. There are some tools like that online but non is showing the stars in relationship to some known constellations. I wanted to see the nearest stars as 3D but also placed in a way so if I go out at night I can picture those stars in their right positions, even though most of them are not visible with the naked eye, but at least I can visualize them in their real positions.

For now I have only entered the Big Dipper and Orion but I will be adding more constellations later on. All the constellations are defined in an XML file view-source: so if you want to help me with some other constellations, that would be great. Send me a message.

So here is the link:

The source code is also available at: but I didn't have much time to structure it well, so please don't expect too much.

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Posted on 3/12/2010 2:18:04 PM

I didn't see your source at codeplex. Are you still planning on posting it?

Vladimir Bodurov
Posted on 3/12/2010 2:35:47 PM
Posted on 3/15/2010 9:13:32 AM

+ Тебе в карму!
Большое спасибо за пример) Я давно искал способ как визуализировать трехмерную звездную карту! Интересно, насколько сложно будет сделать трёхмерную карту галактики (а-ля как в игре "спора") с динамическим подгружанием данных о обьектах с БД и селективным отображением?

С уважением, Александр.

Vladimir Bodurov
Posted on 3/15/2010 5:32:20 PM

Спасибо! Многое что можно сделать. Я думал об игре в которой цель постепенно заселить ближайшие к земли планеты одна за другой, может быть в рамках целой галактики, разполагая первоначально ограниченными ресурсами. Что то на основе парадокса Ферми. Незнаю правда когда будет время на это :(

Posted on 5/23/2010 11:54:21 AM

Very impressive!

Posted on 2/9/2011 3:13:20 AM

Очень круто! И сколько времени потребовалось, чтобы создать такую красоту? Вообще обожаю все, связанное со звездами, а трехмерная звездная карта - это вообще улет! ждем новинок! ;)

Posted on 2/10/2011 12:13:18 PM

Love your 3D stars app. Thanks for your efforts!

Marvin Yan
Posted on 4/7/2011 9:12:23 PM

Great job!

Posted on 4/19/2011 12:03:58 PM

I'm interested in reprinting a screen shot from your web site in a popular science book. Would you please contact me?

Vladimir Bodurov
Posted on 4/19/2011 12:47:41 PM

Hi Maureen,

No problem, the code is also free and open source so you can use it as you like. I would be grateful if you post a link to my blog.

Ms Dynamics CRM
Posted on 4/19/2011 10:53:15 PM

I am always amazed at how the significant vastness of our universe makes unfathomable numbers and distances seem so small. I would have thought there would be millions of stars within 16 light years of Earth. The size of the universe is truly beyond my comprehension.

Honestly, this is a very intriguing model. I can't wait to give it a long look with the freshness of the morning.


Posted on 5/1/2011 7:58:45 AM

Hi Vladimir,

Thanks! We'll put your blog as the contact. If you'd like a copy of the book, send me an email (maureenbell4 at gmail).

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