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Open source and currently in use by planetarium projectors, Stellarium brings astronomer-level features to stargazers of all levels of interest. It's not quite as robust as its competitors, but it's also a much faster program. It doesn't suck away your RAM into a black hole when loading or running. It does run only in full screen mode, making any other programs you're running inaccessible except for the ALT-Tab switcher.

The default catalog includes 600,000 stars, with upgrade modules that can push the count up to 210 million stars. The constellations of 10 different cultures are included, as well as illustrations and asterisms to help you visualize what the ancients saw. There's a full Messier catalog of nebulae, too. The dawn, dusk and atmosphere backgrounds were good, but not great on our monitor. They probably look better on a planetarium dome, which is why it's useful that Stellarium also includes a fish-eye view for curved surfaces. Besides equatorial and azimuthal grids, users also get shooting stars when appropriate, eclipse simulation, and skinnable landscapes. Stellarium incorporates star-views from the Moon.

The controls live in the lower left corner and are transparent--a bit hard to find. The nifty record feature is somewhat hampered by the dark interface. When you run the program for the first time it asks that you set your current location, but the mouse-over map of the world was too small to use easily. Stellarium should appeal both to users who need something more academic and less distracting than Google or Microsoft's offerings, as well as those who have a need for an open-source planetarium. Fortunately, that could be any of us.

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5 stars

"Excellent Program but just ran to slow"

September 18, 2016  |  By Rhak

2016-09-18 13:01:22  |  By Rhak

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.12.2


Installs fast and painless I didn't notice any annoying ad-ware junk or tool bar extensions. in fact, I was impressed with the install splash screen which gives users the ability for a "selective install" to remove specific components of prior installs. that's something not observed often with "Free" programs. I feel the author(s) took real time and care in regards to program subject and content. For the reasons above I give it 5 stars.


Although, my system "does meets" all the program's system requirements. this program and version ran way to slow. This program runs just above full system lock up and would ultimately crash. For those reason I uninstalled this program. However, will defiantly archive this program install for using with a higher performance pc in the future.


This review is more focused on the program's behaved under my hardware profile and OS environment rather than the principle or specific intended use of the software. defiantly a program I will add to my archive collection for future use.
It's through the "generosity" of software authors who make free programs available. by which the less financially fortunate can continue to experience, learn and explore with digital media. Thank you, Sincerely

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5 stars

"Possibly the best general planetarium software"

August 28, 2015  |  By Rick Boozer

2015-08-28 14:27:31  |  By Rick Boozer

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.12.2


Almost every professional level astronomical function you can think of.
Very accurate positions and supporting data.


Like any advanced astronomical software, there's a fairly steep learning curve. However, though World Wide Telescope (also freeware) may have more more capabilities overall, WWT has an even steeper learning curve.


I am an astrophysicist who does research and teaches astronomy at a local college. For maximum utility with minimum time invested in learning its "ins and outs", I don't think Stellarium can be beaten. It is superior to some commercially available apps, especially if you are using it on a laptop or full size computer.

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2 stars

"Further versions will lock out Mac Snow Leopard users"

February 09, 2014  |  By 515bonner

2014-02-09 11:44:51  |  By 515bonner

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.12.2


Great software up to 0.12.3 for Mac users


After version 0.12.3 it will not work on Snow Leopard.
Version 0.12.4 will not work on anything less than Lion.
Looking at the newer beta versions, they will not work on anything less than OSX version 10.8.
This is a mistake! So now I am stuck on 0.12.3
I am sure this is headed toward iOS crap like phones and pads. Why would anyone want to ruin their eyes using something they can hardly see let alone give them a limited view.


I use Stellarium in my observatory on an iMac 21" which is perfect.
BAD on the Stellarium developers.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.12.2
Version 0.12.2 includes variable stars, re-packed star catalogs (Hipparcos and Tycho-2), improvements for plugins, and scripting engine and search tool.
Publisher Stellarium
Publisher web site
Release Date August 04, 2013
Date Added August 05, 2013
Version 0.12.2
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 75.57MB
File Name stellarium-0.12.2-win32.exe
Total Downloads 194,398
Downloads Last Week 102
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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