KStars – A new look!

With more than a month remaining, my Google Summer of Code project has almost come to an end! KStars is now able to display all 88 western constellations. I want to thank my mentor, Jasem, for helping me by making a dialog box that would display constellation images with parameters in real time. This made my job simpler┬áby a very large margin. Instead of using mathematical equations to figure out the ‘best fit’ for an image, I have simplified the task by simply noting down the RA/DEC coordinate pairs for ‘midpoints’ of constellations from Stellarium. This helped me figure out ‘where’ to translate the image in the sky map. Then I played around with the position angle, width and height for each image so as to ‘best fit’ the constellation lines. I had to do this repetitively for 88 consecutive times, but this was still a much simpler solution. Lastly I replaced all the 88 images with transparent backgrounds, so as to avoid cutting neighbouring images by the black background which was previously present. KStars looks good now, and I feel happy seeing the results! Here’s the new look of KStars!

 

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Next up is to do this again for one non-western sky culture, and learn Doxygen to start writing documentation for the code that I have written! I aim to finish everything up within 10 days time now! A lot of help from my mentor, the KStars community, and an amazing project has made Google summer of code a great experience for me!