[AstroPy] Google SketchUp & and Astronomy

Wayne Watson sierra_mtnview at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 28 13:47:09 EDT 2009

A week or so I asked about a graphics package that might draw 
conventional geometric coordinates and the like that are often found in 
advanced astro books. That is, the use would be for documentation, and 
report writing. Visual Python was suggested. I gave it a try, and it 
wasn't quite right. Nevertheless, a very good program. I just learned of 
SketchUp and watched a very impressive short video on their web site. 
<http://sketchup.google.com/product/gsu.html> Has anyone used this for 
astronomy applications? It appears to be free.

           Wayne Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)

             (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
              Obz Site:  39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet  

           All the neutrons, and protons in the human body occupy
           a cube whose side is 5.52*10**-6 meters (tiny!). That
           adds up to a 150 pound person. It's not a surprise that
           we are mostly space. (Calculation by WTW)

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