Thursday, 15 June 2006

Stellarium-logoStellarium is a free open source planetarium program 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.

If you're at all into telescopes or the night sky, this one's for you.

in version 0.8.0:

sky

  • over 120,000 stars from the Hipparcos catalogue with info
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • images of nebulae
  • realistic Milky Way
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • the planets and their satellites

interface

  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • multilingual interface
  • scripting to record and play your own shows
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • spheric mirror projection for your own dome
  • graphical interface and extensive keyboard control

visualisation

  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection

customisability

  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...

 

Click the image to view a full size screenshot:

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More great screenshots here.

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