The animation shows the stars as they would appear from the exact location you choose on the night that you choose. It also shows the planets and the Moon in their correct positions with the Moon in its correct phase. Our original software uses the same highly accurate star catalogs that are used for astronomical research (one of us is an astrophysicist!). You can check the accuracy of our work by using free planetarium software such as Stellarium.
The music is created by converting the color and brightness of the stars into music through a process called sonification. We choose from among the stars and constellations that are visible at each moment and use an algotihm to communicate the color and brightness of the stars through sound. The pitch of the notes is determined by the colour and temperature of the stars. Redder stars, which are cooler, produce lower notes while bluer stars, which are hotter, produce higher notes. The volume of each note is controlled by the brightness of each star with brighter stars producing louder notes. Sonifications such as this can help people who are blind or visually impaired experience the night sky.
The 1 minute version costs 9.99USD and the 3 minute version costs 14.99USD. You can pay in any currency you like using major credit cards, PayPal, G Pay, or Apple Pay.
When your video is completed we will send you an email with a single button. Clicking this button will take you to a personal webpage where you can watch and download your video. You can also download an image file containing information about your video so that it can be printed and gifted along with the video.
To share the video or gift it to someone else simply forward the email you receive with your starry night to the intended recipient. You can also copy the address of your personal starry night website and share it as a link. The bottom of your personal webpage will contain buttons to help you share it on Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp. If you download it to your device it can then be uploaded to social media. We also offer pre-paid gift cards.
You will be able to download the video file directly to any device in a variety of file sizes. The larger file sizes have higher quality but the smaller versions will take less time to download may be easier for you to share on social media. Some devices may not be able to play the largest versions of the video because the resolution is too high.
Depending on the location and date, different stars and constellations will be visible. Among these, a unique pattern of stars and constellations are highlighted. Since the music is controlled by the highlighted stars, the melody is unique for each video. The locations of the planets and the Moon will also be different on different nights. Using our interactive order form, you also get to add your personal touch by adding a title that appears at the beginning and a message that appears at the end.
Processing the music and rendering high resolution animations takes time and we are currently unable to provide sample videos for your chosen night and location. You can get a sense of what your video will look and sound like by viewing the sample videos posted on our home page.
You will receive an email containing links to your video within 24 hours of when you place your order. If it doesn't arrive please check your spam folders and contact us immediately so that we can resend it.
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