Controls

This section describes the controls of the 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
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

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

As of version 0.704b the Gaia Sky supports basic gamepad/controller input. By default, only the Xbox 360 controller is supported, so you may want to map your gamepad differently using software like jstest-gtkhere– on Linux or the Universal Joystick Remapper for Windows. You can also opt for a Joystick-to-keyboard solution such as xpadderhere–, even though this has not been tested with Gaia Sky.

Xbox 360 controller button configuration

Xbox 360 controller button configuration

The actions mapped to each button or axis depend on the current camera mode (focus, free, spacecraft):

Focus mode

Axis/button Action
Left bumper Hold to apply 0.5 factor to speed
Right bumper Hold to apply 0.1 factor to speed
Left trigger Move away from focus
Right trigger Move towards focus
Left stick horizontal Horizontal rotation around focus
Left stick vertical Vertical rotation around focus
Right stick horizontal Roll right and left
Right stick vertical Move towards or away from focus
D-pad None
A None
B None
X None
Y None

Free camera mode

Axis/button Action
Left bumper Hold to apply 0.5 factor to speed
Right bumper Hold to apply 0.1 factor to speed
Left trigger Move away from focus
Right trigger Move towards focus
Left stick horizontal Yaw right and left
Left stick vertical Pitch up and down
Right stick horizontal Move sideways
Right stick vertical Move forward and backward
D-pad None
A None
B None
X None
Y None

Spacecraft mode

Axis/button Action
Left bumper Stabilise spacecraft rotations
Right bumper Stop spacecraft
Left trigger Apply backward thrust
Right trigger Apply forward thrust
Left stick horizontal Yaw right and left
Left stick vertical Pitch up and down
Right stick horizontal Roll right and left
Right stick vertical None
D-pad None
A Decrease engine power
B None
X Increase engine power
Y None

Touch controls

No mobile version yet.