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Stellarium - Photo-Realistic Sky Generator

Stellarium is a free software available for Windows, Linux/Unix and MacOSX, created by Fabien Chreau. It renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time. With stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope. I highly recommend this program for the beginner. Although this is not a complete astronomy software package, it is a very easy to use tool to discover the night sky with.This program makes learning the stars and constellations a joy. Pull up your local sky tonight and plan an observation session. Stellarium is small in size and simple to use.

Features :

  • New! Over 120000 stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue with name and infos for the brightest ones.
  • Planets in real time, with a powerfull zoom mode to see them like in a telescope.
  • Drawing of the 88 constellations with their names.
  • Drawing of more than 40 messiers objects (Orion, M31 etc..).
  • Photorealistic Milky Way.
  • Ground, fog, and landscape.
  • Star twinkling.
  • Grids in Equatorial and Azimuthal coordinates.
  • Time control (real time and accelered time modes).
  • Graphical menu for simple utilisation.
  • Clikable stars, planets and nebulas with informations.
  • Ecliptic and celestrial equator lines.
  • Smooth real time navigation.
  • Windowed and fullscreen modes.

Requirements :

  • Windows 95/98/2000/NT/XP or Linux/Unix or MacOSX.
  • A 3D Card with a support for OpenGL. At least a Voodoo3 or a TNT2 is recommended for very smooth animation.
  • A dark room for realistic rendering : details like the Milky Way or star twinkling can't be seen in a bright room.

Related Links

Stellarium web page


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