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Stellarium

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Free (GPL)
Language:
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OS:
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
Latest version:
0.11.2 18/05/12
Last month's downloads:
2,772
Size:
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Stellarium is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
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Stellarium 0.11.2 18/05/12 Free (GPL) English
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
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See stars, planets and nebulae in real time

Bartley Sharkey

Recent changes

  • You can find the full changelog here: http://stellarium.sourceforge.net/
Pros
  • Realistic sunsets and sunrises
  • Constellations traced out
  • Accurate star positions
Cons
  • Imagery not detailed
  • Designed for use in a dome (planetarium)
  • Narrow appeal

"A total guide to the night sky and it's free."

Bartley Sharkey's review totally misses the point. Stellarium is not there to provide pretty pictures for entertainment. It is a truly remarkable guide to the night sky. There are thousands of beautiful things to see in the night sky but you do need a telescope of reasonable quality, a good place to set it up away from city lights and you need to learn how to find things.

The first thing an amateur astronomer discovers is that it can be quite tricky to find an object of interest. A useful basic telescope at low magnification looks at a circle in the sky that is just one degree wide. It takes quite a bit of skill to line up your telescope on what you want to see. Often, you find an obvious object like Sirius which is very bright and easy to recognise. Then you move your telescope a little at a time from dot to dot until you get to what you want to see.

Stellarium provides a picture of all the visible stars and the planets where you expect to see them from any place at any time. It gives you a local context for searching. Sure, you can buy a computer controlled telescope that finds things for you, but that is not the same as doing it yourself.

Using Stellarium, I got my first sighting of Neptune. In my six-inch Newtonian telescope Neptune is just a dot. But it is totally invisible to the naked eye. You have to see it on different nights so you can see how it has moved against the background to confirm that it is a planet.

Stellarium also enables you to predict events like lunar occultations. That is when the moon gets in the way so you can't see a star in its path. Stellarium will show you just what to expect and at what time from your particular location on earth. Much less often, you get an occultation of a planet. Like solar eclipses, they can be seen only from particular places at particular times.

The program is easy to use, if you read the instructions, and has many functions. You can learn a lot from just playing with it, but the real joy comes when you use it as a guide to the real thing.

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