So chances are that you're probably too dumb to go to space school (or not crazy enough to solve Gamou's secret riddle). What do you do?!
That's where Space Engine comes in. I was listening to the Idle Thumbs Video Game Podcast and they mentioned this program. Apparently some guy took a bunch of data on known planets and stars and stuff and then filled in the gaps and created a simulator out of it. Zoom from planet to planet and star to star!