For centuries, the orrery was a front-line scientific instrument, but software like SolarMax sent these mechanical models of the solar system into storage closets, next to the Visible Man's transparent plastic torso. SolarMax is a free tool that displays the solar system in incredible detail from a variety of projections and perspectives. In essence, it's a desktop planetarium for the solar system.
Aside from a menu bar, SolarMax presents a star field view of the solar system from Earth's perspective, with constellations, ecliptic and equatorial lines, planets, moons, major asteroids, and other astronomical data. Clicking the View … Read more