Posted by: Robert Janssen | January 21, 2016

Stellarium: A Planetarium for your Computer

If you are one who is interested in looking at the night sky but are not familiar with the positions of heavenly bodies, then maybe Stellarium is for you.

Stellarium is, as they say, a “free open source planetarium for your computer”.

Check it out…

http://www.stellarium.org/en_CA/

Here are some of the features they boast about…

sky

  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • 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 feature
  • 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
  • eclipse simulation
  • supernovae simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection

customisability

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