This is a 320x200 FLI animation of a Voyager flyby of a Saturn-like planet. The flyby trajectory is "real" and was precalculated - it's a hyperbolic orbit. To run use your favourite FLI player for Windows or DOS, or better yet get X and play it using "xanim". Use "xanim +p flyby.fli".
This animation was generated with the SImple Polygon Processor (SIPP)
on a 486dx50 running Linux 1.0. Completed frames were quantised
with ppmquant and converted to GIFs with ppmtogif (both from
the excellent pbmplus package). The FLI was generated by converting
the GIFs to FBMs and compiling them with fbm2fli.
The planetary surface detail is from an XPM I created using xpaint
and then mapped onto the sphere with a surface shader in SIPP.
Using SIPP rather than POVray allowed me to create this in my own
lifetime. On the whole I'm happy with the result but it could
be a lot better. Send comments/suggestions to the above email
The moons are ficticious and the ring system only approximates that
of the real Saturn. There is no moon or ring detail. Only the
planet -> ring shadows are considered. The sequence isn't long enough.
The time delta isn't small enough making the motion too jerky
near the ring-plane crossing. Some fli players have trouble
removing the blue title screen background from the flyby frames.
The stars are just random rather than simulating the real sky.
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Last Modified Demenber 5, 1995