If you’re into astronomy, but you also like games, then I suggest you check out Elite Dangerous, the sequel to the classic BBC game Elite.
Here’s a video of me doing a quick trading mission from Azeban City, in the Erenin star system, to Beagle 2 Landing, in the Asellus prime star system in the Beta version of Elite Dangerous.
This game, when it’s completed, will simulate the entire Milky Way Galaxy. 400,000,000,000 stars! It also simulates Newtonian physics. There are some “liberties” taken with things like faster than light travel and so on (and coming out of warp drive as close to a star as I do in the video would be a bit hot, and blinding, to say the least), but the game is set in 3300AD so we can allow them a little bit of breathing room with the technology.
The two star systems in the video are fictitious (there’s a number of made up system’s that will be in the final game), but I could have travelled to I Bootis if I’d wanted a longer journey. Also there’s Wolf 359, Arcturus, Ross 154, Sol and many other real star system to come in the finished game (give or take a few added planets and moons to give the player something to fly to).