Controls

This section describes the controls of Gaia Sky.

Keyboard controls

To check the most up-to-date controls go to the Controls tab in the preferences window. Here are the default keyboard controls depending on the current camera mode. Learn more about camera modes in the Camera modes section.

Focus and free camera modes

These keyboard controls apply to the focus mode and also to the free mode.

Key(s)

Action

NUMPAD_0

Free camera

NUMPAD_1

Focus camera

NUMPAD_2

Gaia scene camera

NUMPAD_3

Spacecraft mode

NUMPAD_4

Gaia FoV 1 camera

NUMPAD_5

Gaia FoV 2 camera

NUMPAD_6

Gaia FoV 1 and 2 camera

L-CTRL + 3

360 mode

L-CTRL + L-SHIFT + UP

Increase star point size

L-CTRL + L-SHIFT + DOWN

Decrease star point size

SPACE

Toggle simulation play/pause

F1

Help dialog

F5

Take screenshot

F6

Start/stop frame output mode

F11

Toggle fullscreen/windowed mode

L-CTRL + F

Search dialog

ESCAPE

Quit application

-

Decrease limiting magnitude

+

Increase limiting magnitude

,

Divide time warp by two

.

Double time warp

*

Reset limiting magnitude

L-SHIFT + B

Toggle constellation boundaries

L-SHIFT + C

Toggle constellation lines

L-SHIFT + E

Toggle ecliptic grid

L-SHIFT + G

Toggle galactic grid

L-SHIFT + L

Toggle labels

L-SHIFT + M

Toggle moons

L-SHIFT + O

Toggle orbits

L-SHIFT + P

Toggle planets

L-SHIFT + Q

Toggle equatorial grid

L-SHIFT + S

Toggle stars

L-SHIFT + T

Toggle satellites

L-SHIFT + U

Expand/collapse controls window

L-CTRL + U

Toggle UI completely (hide/show user interface)

L-CTRL + D

Toggle debug info

L-CTRL + S

Toggle stereoscopic mode

L-CTRL + L-SHIFT + S

Switch between stereoscopic profiles

L-CTRL + L-SHIFT + G

Toggle galaxy renderer

Spacecraft mode

These controls apply only to the spacecraft mode.

Key(s)

Action

W

Apply forward thrust

S

Apply backward thrust

A

Roll to the left

D

Roll to the right

ARROW_UP

Decrease pitch angle

ARROW_DOWN

Increase pitch angle

ARROW_LEFT

Increase yaw angle

ARROW_RIGHT

Decrease yaw angle

PAGE_UP

Increase engine power by a factor of 10

PAGE_DOWN

Decrease engine power by a factor of 10

Mouse controls

Here are the default mouse controls for the focus and free Camera modes. The other modes do not have mouse controls.

Focus mode

Mouse + keys

Action

L-MOUSE DOUBLE CLICK

Select focus object

L-MOUSE SINGLE CLICK

Stop all rotation and translation movement

L-MOUSE + DRAG

Apply rotation around focus

L-MOUSE + L-SHIFT + DRAG

Camera roll

R-MOUSE + DRAG

Pan view freely from focus

M-MOUSE + DRAG or WHEEL

Move towards/away from focus

Free mode

Mouse + keys

Action

L-MOUSE DOUBLE CLICK

Select object as focus (changes to focus mode)

L-MOUSE SINGLE CLICK

Stop all rotation and translation movement

L-MOUSE + DRAG

Pan view

L-MOUSE + L-SHIFT + DRAG

Camera roll

M-MOUSE + DRAG or WHEEL

Forward/backward movement

Gamepad controls

Gaia Sky supports (as of version 1.5.0) mappings for different controller types. However, so far only the mappings file for the Xbox 360 controller and the PS3 controlelr are provided.

Xbox 360 controller button configuration

Xbox 360 controller button configuration

The mappings files (see here) must be in the $GS_INSTALL_LOCATION/mappings or in the $HOME/.gaiasky/mappings folder, and basically assign the button and axis codes for the particular controller to the actions.

# AXES

axis.roll=3
axis.pitch=1
axis.yaw=0
axis.move=4
axis.velocityup=5
axis.velocitydown=2

# BUTTONS

button.velocityup=2
button.velocitydown=0
button.velocitytenth=5
button.velocityhalf=4

The actions depend on the current camera mode (focus, free, spacecraft), and are described below:

Focus mode

Property

Action

button.velocityhalf

Hold to apply 0.5 factor to speed

button.velocitytenth

Hold to apply 0.1 factor to speed

axis.velocitydown

Move away from focus

axis.velocityup

Move towards focus

axis.yaw

Horizontal rotation around focus

axis.pitch

Vertical rotation around focus

axis.roll

Roll right and left

axis.move

Move towards or away from focus

button.velocityup

Move towards focus

button.velocitydown

Move away from focus

Free camera mode

Axis/button

Action

button.velocityhalf

Hold to apply 0.5 factor to speed

button.velocitytenth

Hold to apply 0.1 factor to speed

axis.velocitydown

Move away from focus

axis.velocityup

Move towards focus

axis.yaw

Yaw right and left

axis.pitch

Pitch up and down

axis.roll

Move sideways

axis.move

Move forward and backward

button.velocityup

Move towards focus

button.velocitydown

Move away from focus

Spacecraft mode

Axis/button

Action

button.velocityhalf

Stabilise spacecraft rotations

button.velocitytenth

Stop spacecraft

axis.velocitydown

Apply backward thrust

axis.velocityup

Apply forward thrust

axis.yaw

Yaw right and left

axis.pitch

Pitch up and down

axis.roll

Roll right and left

axis.move

None

button.velocityup

Increase engine power

button.velocitydown

Decrease engine power

Touch controls

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