Non-spherical/polygonal satellites

Bug #1153171 reported by Pierluigi Panunzi on 2013-03-10
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Florian Schaukowitsch

Bug Description

I know it's a developer choice to fix a satellite shape as a sphere, but I think it would be better to show satellites with their "real" shape.
I'm referring in particular to Phobos, the small Mars' satellite, during the solar transit you can follow executing the script "phobos_phun_3.ssc". At about 11:36 you can see Phobos silhouette drawn onto the Sun's disk: the shape of Phobos is a circle, due to it's definition in ssystem.ini
name = Phobos
parent = Mars
radius = 11.1
halo = true
color = 1.,1.,1.
tex_map = phobos.png
As a programmer and software developer, I know it woud be a great effort to introduce non-spherical objects, as Celestia does with 3DS models, but I think it would be a great improvement for Stellarium.

As an example, please find attached the snapshot of the same events rendered with Starry Night Pro Plus 6: I tried to follow this event with Celestia but I was not able...

Thanks a lot for you efforts with my beloved program: the fantastic Stellarium!

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Pierluigi Panunzi (piellepi) wrote :
Changed in stellarium:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in stellarium:
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: solar-system
Changed in stellarium:
assignee: nobody → Florian Schaukowitsch (fschauk)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
milestone: none → 1.0.0
summary: - improving the shape of satellites
+ Non-spherical/polygonal satellites
Changed in stellarium:
milestone: 1.0.0 → 0.16.0
Changed in stellarium:
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Changed in stellarium:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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