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Stellarium 0.22.0

 Stellarium

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.

Stellarium key features:

  • Realistic simulation of the sky, sunrise and sunset
  • Default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • Downloadable additional catalogues for up to 210 million stars
  • Catalog data for all New General Catalogue (NGC) objects
  • Images of almost all Messier objects and the Milky Way
  • Artistic illustrations for all 88 modern constellations
  • More than a dozen different cultures with their constellations
  • Solar and lunar eclipse simulation
  • Photorealistic landscapes (more are available on the website)
  • Scripting support with ECMAScript (a few demo scripts are included)
  • Extendable with plug-ins: 8 plug-ins installed by default, including:
  • artificial satellites plug-in (updated from an on-line TLE database)
  • ocular simulation plug-in (shows how objects look like in a given ocular)
  • Solar System editor plug-in (imports comet and asteroid data from the MPC)
  • telescope control plug-in (Meade LX200 and Celestron NexStar compatible)

The major changes of this version:

  • AstroCalc: Eclipse Finder
  • AstroCalc: RTS (Rises, Transits, Settings)
  • Switch from Bortle scale to physical brightness values for light pollution.
  • Allow tweaks for the atmosphere brightness/color model and tone mapping
  • Several new calendars in the Calendars plugin
  • Seasonal polar caps on Mars
  • New and improved sky cultures
  • Larger textures allowed in Scenery3D
  • Improved OnlineQueries and Satellites plugin
  • Many fixes in core and plugins.
  • Technical preparations towards a major upgrade of the internal Qt framework.
  • There has also been a large number of bug fixes and closed feature requests and enhancements (see full list of changes). [full release notes]

Download: Stellarium 0.22 (64-bit) | 340.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Stellarium 0.22 (32-bit) | 332.0 MB
View: Stellarium Home Page | Other Operating Systems

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