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(SS 5 Pro) Getting the distance between two arbitrary POIs.

(SS 5 Pro) I understand I can double tap a point of interest (POI) and I will get the distance displayed from my "home". 

But let's say I want to know the distance from the Sun to, easy example, Mars. I can easily do this by orbiting the Sun, zooming accordingly, (1) selecting the Sun with a tap and then (2) double tapping Mars. All good.

But how do I get the distance to some POI a longer way away that I cant position in the view? 

I had hoped that if I orbited a star/planet then using search the distance would be from that orbited object but that doesn't seem to be the case. eg If I orbit our sun then search for "Earth" (and easy example, my Q is about some object light years away) I get (now as I check) 100.4 AU when we all know the earth is 1Au from the Sun. The distance is from the Orbit view point (100 Au distance extra).

 

So, is there a way to get the distance between any two objects in the simulated Universe?

 

Great app, keep up the good work and apologies up front if this is obvious.

 

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    Richard Riley

    By "home" above I mean selected object. Apologies. I'm not seeing an edit option on my phone.

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    Bill Tschumy

    You should be able to select the first object and then pan the chart until you see the second object and double-tap it.  Does that not work?

    In addition the Object Info always shows the distance between the currently selected object and the previously selected object.  You can also use that.

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    Richard Riley

    Yeah, that's kind of my point. Panning to another object is pretty hard if you don't know exactly where it is.  I was hoping I could search for the second one - possibly this is a non issue I am manufacturing  for myself but it came up when I was trying to get my head around the different distance metrics (km au, ly, parsec) and I thought I'd quickly see how far, for example, The Dog Star was from pluto. Thanks for the reply.

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