Stellarium

Stellarium

stellarium

DESCRIPTION:

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

FEATURED:

sky

  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 177 million stars
  • default catalogue of over 80,000 deep-sky objects
  • extra catalogue with more than 1 million deep-sky objects
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for 20+ different cultures
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • realistic Milky Way
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • the planets and their satellites

interface

  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • multilingual interface
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • telescope control


visualisation

  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • tails of comets
  • iridium flares simulation
  • eclipse simulation
  • supernovae and novae simulation
  • 3D sceneries
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection

customizability

  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope
  • configuration and more
  • ability to add new solar system objects from online resources…
  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…

REVIEW:

If you were ever curious to see live satellites, or far away objects in the Universe, or even see in advance how the sky would look like, then Stellarium is a very beautiful and useful app for the job.

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