New release of Gaia Sky

Version 1.0.2 brings spacecraft mode, lens glow, 360° and lots of bugfixes

Toni Sagrista Selles

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Gaia Sky v1.0.2

Gaia Sky is here again with a brand new release packed with new features and bug fixes. Here are the most important:

  • New spacecraft camera mode – Game on!
  • New lens glow effect
  • Added brightness and contrast controls
  • Improved search functionality
  • Updated textures
  • Added optional crosshair in focus mode
  • Implemented 360° mode for 360 VR videos and panormas. See gallery here
  • Brand new documentation in readthedocs.org

Moving to Hugo

Bye bye paid web hosting + Drupal, hello GitLab + Hugo

Toni Sagrista Selles

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Hugo SSG

The idea of ditching both my web hosting provider and Drupal has been at the back of my mind for a few months.

Bear with me. Since about 2011 I have been maintaining this website using the cheapest hosting tier my hosting offers – At least it was the cheapest at the time I got it. They call it The Essential and it costs over 300 bucks for 2 years. It is not a lot, but it is definitely too much for my purposes of hosting a small blog where I provide occasional updates on my projects, my portfolio and my CV.

Also, loading times are horribly long and the complexity of managing the Drupal installation (upgrades/updates) and also the database takes way too much of my time. Only the thought of updating to Drupal 8 sends shivers down my spine and ultimately got me searching for better options.

Gaia Sky in APOD

Astronomy Picture of the Day features Gaia Sky

Toni Sagrista Selles

1 minute read

Gaia Sky APOD

Today, 26 September 2016, the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) features a video we have prepared with Gaia Sky at the ARI/Uni Heidelberg. The video itself shows a flight from outside of our Milky Way galaxy to the Sun and then a travel through the Solar System towards the vicinity of the Earth, displaying in this journey a little over 600.000 stars from the TGAS part of Gaia Data Release 1.

Toni Sagrista Selles

1 minute read

Gaia Sky version 1.0.0

Last September 14 the first Gaia catalog, Gaia Data Release 1, was made public. To celebrate the occasion, we also released version 1.0.0 of our virtual Universe software, Gaia Sky. This time around, the software comes with big improvements and lots of new features, the most prominent of which is the addition of the TGAS catalog, a part of Gaia DR1 which contains 3D positions for approximately 2 million objects. Check out the release trailer.