Monthly Archives: December 2010

Our Flash Animation So Far

The picture below shows the most current flash animation that I have put together. This was the flash animation that we sadly could not show in our presentation as it requires at least flash player 9 to run the swift.

As you can see there are many layers (some 26 so far) and over 120 symbols in the library for the first minute of this animation. This chapter is close to completion but still needs refinement so ill be hard at work over Christmas



Sundry content

Still in the process of gathering content, this is additional information written to educate the user on objects outside our own solar system and other relevant info.

Alpha Centauri

The closest star system to the Sun is Alpha Centauri in the constellation Centaurus. A trio of stars, the system consists of two sun-like stars Alpha Centauri A and B, which orbit close together and a third small red dwarf named Proxima Centauri (Proxima meaning ‘next to’ or ‘nearest in Latin).

10 closest stars along with their distance in light-years:

Proxima Centauri – 4.22

Alpha Centauri A – 4.37

Alpha Centauri B –  4.37

Barnard’s Star – 5.96

Wolf 359 – 7.78

Sirius A – 8.58

Sirius B- 8.58

Luyten-8 A – 8.73

Luyten-8 B – 8.73

Ross 154 – 9.68

(This list varies on different sites***)


Exoplanets planets are planets that are found outside our own solar system….


Epsilon Eridani planetary System


The Epsilon Eridani System is the nearest planetary system that contains at least one planet as well as a number of asteroid belts. We now know that worlds (whether inhabited or not!) orbit around stars other than the Sun. Two planets are currently known to orbit the sun-like Epsilon Eridani, which is situated over 10 light years from our solar system!


Gliese 581


A system named Gliese 581 is another such planetary system. A recently discovered exo-planet that scientists believe could potentially support extraterrestrial life and is neither too hot or too cold is the planet named Gliese 581g. This is the sixth planet that has been found in this particular planetary system and has conditions that could allow for the presence of liquid on the surface, which is a requirement for life growth…





One of the images our website will contain will be of a nebula. A nebula is actually a cloud of dust in which star formation is occurring and containing among others gases – hydrogen, gas and helium . Nebulas and the variety of different shapes, colours and sizes are incredibly beautiful to see! The following are images of nebulas mocked up using more photoshop tutorials! They are created as part transparent png’s so they can be placed as an overlay to existing pages.


The look of our new blog

After few hours of coding and creating 198324987345 versions of blog part of our website we finally finished this part. You can see an effort below.


Written Content – intro

The following are some introductions wrote while we figure out what information we will first present, possible on a splash page.

Short intro

So you don’t know much about the Galaxy and the Milky Way? Well they aren’t just chocolate bars! If you would like to know more about the universe in which we live then read on… Since ancient times humans have known of ‘something’ else being out there, we just didn’t know quite what. In fact we still don’t, but as technology grows and we have succeeded in putting men on the moon – networks of telescopes scan the skies above and we are constantly expanding our knowledge of the cosmos!

Our website is a compilation of knowledge and interesting facts. No matter how hard we try, will we ever be able to fully grasp this amazing universe which we are part of? Probably not but let us give you an overview of what we do know. They say truth is stranger than fiction. Absolutely! What we know as the truth is anyway… for now.

Longer more serious intro

The Universe, with all its space, matter and energy is intriguing and complex. Estimated to be over 10 billion light years in diameter and containing an immeasurable number of galaxies, it is believed to have been continually expanding since its creation in the big bang – approximately 13 billion years ago.

Very little of the universe is visible to our own naked eye but what science has discovered with the advent of new technology is beyond imagination. We know not of any other intelligent life forms – yet. Who knows what we will discover in the future. What we do know is that conditions have to be right for life to form and scientists continually search for extra-terrestrial life, although this depends how we define life. Will we ever find an organism able to grow and maintain itself? Perhaps. Constantly we are discovering other planets which might just contain favourable conditions and water, a necessity to support existence.

But as distant and unknown planets wait to be explored, for now though let us take you on a journey through our solar system. We will journey through interstellar clouds of dust, past each of our planets, through asteroid belts and around moons –  now fasten your seat belt!



Creating an interactive and animated space shuttle

The space shuttle is obviously a complex machine so recreating it in a realistic animation in flash was difficult and time consuming.

The first shuttle we created was basic with no gradients or separate parts.


To get the shuttle to separate into 4 different parts after launch (two boosters and the external tank break away) i had to create multiple layers of movie clips. I also added gradients to mimic where the shadow is cast on the shuttle whens its on the launch pad. This helps give the shuttle depth and really adds to the look.

Movie clips in movie clips.... in movie clips

This image shows what the shuttle looks like 1 layer deep in flash. Although it seems that this would make the flash file large and slow it actually works smoother than a real image as it takes up less space.


Basic version of the website

This is general layout of our website, with a navigation bar. We have decided to insert 5 subpages: Home, About Our Project, Blog, Links & Contact.