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Selecting & Finding Objects By Name

Selecting objects

An object can be selected by clicking the [Left mouse button] on any object in view. I.e. stars and planets etc. The information about the selected object is displayed at the top right side of the screen, together with its name, type, distance, size and other characteristics. If there are many objects in the vicinity of the onscreen cursor, priority is given to the visually brightest object. A second click shortly after the first click, and without moving the mouse, will select the next-brightest object, likewise with a slightly delayed third click etc. Clicking on empty space clears the current object selection.

Pressing [Shift]+[H] produces a cyclic selection of the "home object": The Milky Way, the Sun and Earth.


Find object by name

The Find object dialog window can be opened by pressing [F3], or by clicking the magnifying glass icon on the left control panel.

Type the name of the object you want to find into the input field. While typing out a name, the table below the input field will start to automatically scroll through objects and will suggest objects with names starting with the characters you have entered. If the desired object appears below the input field, just [Left-click] to select that object, or press the [Down arrow] key to scroll down the list to select the object. The table can be scrolled using the [Up arrow] and [Down arrow] keys. Pressing the [Enter] key or the [Ok] button selects the object entered in the input field and closes the dialog window. If no object exists with the specified name, an error message will be displayed. Pressing [Esc], [F3], the toolbar icon, or the [Cancel] button closes the dialog window without selecting an object. Pressing the [Go to] button selects that object and then flies to it immediately. Pressing the [Current] button will copy the name of the currently selected object into the input field. You can copy that name to the clipboard using [Ctrl]+[C] so you can easily share objects with friends. Likewise, you can paste a name into the input field using [Ctrl]+[V].

The left column of the table displays the names of objects. The center column displays the names of the objects' parents in the hierarchy. For example, the parent of the moon Io is Jupiter, and the parent of Jupiter is Sol. Star systems, clusters, nebulae, and galaxies do not have parent objects as of version The right column displays the object's class.

Name typing is not case-sensitive. Greek letters are entered via abbreviations, and constellation names are also abbreviated - see Appendix 1. The names of procedural objects are not displayed in the table, though they can still be selected if their name is input correctly.