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WOW!NOV 23, 1998 - Solar System Live is hands-down the single most valuable resource I have found on the Web in all of 1998. For starters, it's an interactive orrery that gives you a layout of the solar system for whatever date you input. (Or you can choose to have only the inner planets displayed.) It's fast and accurate, and will work with any reasonably up to date browser. This is a great way to visualize planetary motion. (If your browser can't handle it, you can download a better browser free by clicking on the Microsoft or Netscape icons at Astropro's entry.)

The interactive orrery is only the tip of the iceberg at Solar System Live. That's because this page is just one tiny facet of AutoCAD co-author John Walker's home page. Trust me, you'll spend hours exploring all the goodies here! Like Home Planet, the full-featured astronomy software you can download free for Windows machines. (Or you can spend lots of money and get less software elsewhere, it's up to you.) And there's plenty more too: more software, lots of screen savers, starship journeys, the October 15, 1991 Oh-My-God Particle and much, much more. DO NOT miss the Titanium Cranium Awards!

Technical note: Web Site Garage rates Solar System Live excellent over-all and in load time (4.36 seconds with a 28.8k modem). In comparison, the page you're now reading rates good in both categories, with a load time of 10.73 seconds at 28.8k.

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