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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

"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
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Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 75.57MB
File Name stellarium-0.12.2-win32.exe
Total Downloads 191,513
Downloads Last Week 130
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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