Category: Main Scientific/Technical/Math Astronomy Virtual Moon Atlas

Virtual Moon Atlas

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Virtual Moon Atlas (VMA) is a program that exists as several different programs which run at different levels of sophistication. It comes in Light, Basic, Expert, and Pro. I have tested Light, Basic, and Expert. Pro weighs in at about 500 MB, while all 3 of the lighter versions can be downloaded in the Expert version at 14 MB.

In my experience all 3 versions (L,B,E) install and run under wine 0.930. The light version (see screen shot) runs flawlessly. The basic and Expert versions experience a windowing problem. Each time the moon image updates (about every 2 seconds), the black background overwrites the information, menus, and tabs seen on the top and right hand sides. As one might expect this makes the program difficult to use. If one is familiar with the program it is still usable since bringing the mouse over the tabs or menus make them reappear, and indeed they do still work correctly. 

The program is very professional in quality and fills a need that is not met elseware in Linux. 

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VersionDescriptionLatest RatingLatest Wine version testedTest resultsComments
3.5VLA 3.5 comes in a light, basic, expert, and professional versions. This is a premier application for amateur astronomers interested in the moon. It can even control their telescope in order to select objects on the moon to observe, and is a tremendous resource for information on the moon.Bronze0.9.30.10
4.0xThe new “Pro 4.0”version:Bronze1.1.2320