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The Skyrim vanilla night is kinda "blah." The Moons are washed out messes, the stars are too big, too few in number, and not very nice to look at, and the galaxy is a lack-luster, blurry doodle. They're kow...THERE. Vistant's HD Night Sky fixes this problem!

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I initially made this mod a number of years ago for Oblivion with the intent to get maximum effect out of minimum texture size. As lovers of Oblivion know, its not the most stable game due to the engine, so over-taxing it with big textures isn't a good idea. Therefore, by maximum effect I mean maximizing both detail and color using the default texture size while also adhering to lore. During my time off from modding, I ported my Oblivion Moons to Skyrim - and here we are!

According to the lore of Morrowind, Oblivion (Cyrodiil), and Skyrim, Masser (the large Moon) is red, similar to the color of our Mars. Below is what Masser looks like in Morrowind (image is linked from Elder Scrolls Wiki):

I especially liked the look of Masser in Morrowind and Oblivion, and used its color scheme as my base for editing Masser in Gimp, with the following result:

The smaller Moon that orbits Masser, Secunda, is just as unique. It is not completely white, but is somewhere between eggshell white and gray with a hints of red and blue. Here it is in Morrowind (image is linked from Elder Scrolls Wiki):

Again, I liked the way it looked in Morrowind and Oblivion, so again I chose it as my color reference for Gimp, as can be seen below:

The Moon textures are structured quite differently when compared to the default Skyrim Moon textures. The results are a much better looking set of Moons for Skyrim that are very detailed, strictly lore-friendly according to Morrowind and the Wikis, and have zero impact on performance. You don't need gigantic textures to render an object in High Definition, and my Moons prove that!

Finally, because of their fidelity and definition my Moons are also very friendly toward ENB and Skyrim Reloaded. Plus, unlike most other moon-mods, my Moons desaturate as they should when adjusting colors and curves (for example, in ENB).

NOTE: that I have included one or two screenshots using ENBoost, which are labeled. The rest are taken from within my Eidolon ENB, which is
currently hidden due to revision.

Included in the archive are some other goodies, too. You have two different galaxy types to choose from, and an optional sunglare. These work best when they are tuned in ENB or Skyrim Reloaded.

The first galaxy replacer is a great enhancement to the default galaxy, both of which were patterned after our own Milky Way. It is high-resolution awesomeness, to be sure!

The second galaxy replacer is a massive, hi-res creation by Yuril, who allowed it to be re-distributed freely. I just want to make sure Yuril gets proper credit.

And finally, the replacer stars were created from real images by CptJoker - and the stars DO twinkle!

Vistant's HD Night Sky looks GREAT with vanilla Skyrim, and is compatible with ALL mods and ALL ENB presets.

NOTE FOR ENB/SR AUTHORS: If you are using Skyrim Reloaded, you may need to disable its Moons to get things to work as intended. And if you opt to use my SunGlare, you will need to disable Skyrim Reloaded's SunGlare.

Bethesda, for Skyrim!

I would also like to thank Yuril and CptJoker for allowing me to include their works in this mod.

The star field is taken from CptJoker's Enhanced Night Skyrim
Unfortunately, it seems Yuril's Amazing Nebula mod is no longer available.

Everything else - the Moons (based on Bethesda textures), Milky Way galaxy (mine, based on Nasa photos), and Sun Glare (created in Gimp) - is mine.

Tools Used
Gimp 2.9.2, with recent touch-ups in 2.10

My Other SSE Mods
Visitant's Whiterun Rooftops SSE - This re-colors the rooftops in Whiterun, and all of the roofs of the Whiterun windmills and buildings outside the main gate.
Visitant's Solitude Rooftops SE - This re-colors all of the Solitude rooftops, including the Market Stall roofs if you're using a mod like JK's Skyrim. Check it out!
Visitant's Skyrim Market Stalls - This re-textures and re-colors all of the Market Stalls in the various Hold cities. It complements the rooftop mods quite well!

This mod is a Nexus exclusive! If you find it somewhere else, its been pirated!