Stellarium for Mac

Stellarium for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.13.1
  • Total Downloads:
    32,410
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 19, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    153.16MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Stargazing is an amazing hobby, but the weather isn't always perfect for it. With Stellarium for Mac, users can now explore the galaxy anywhere, anytime.

The installation of Stellarium for Mac takes no time at all as it requires a simple drag and drop into the Applications folder. Once you launch the app, you will be greeted with a night sky full of stars, which looks really amazing. If you want to see more stars you can simply zoom in. The application reminded us of the Night Sky feature from Google Earth. One of the advantages of this app is that it works even when it's offline, which is perfect if you're taking your Mac far out of town. You can click on the star/galaxy to learn more about it and it'll show you its current angle, position, and how far it is, etc. The app is quite complex, as well. The interface lacks descriptions and there are no tutorials available, but there's a PDF guide available for download on the developer's Web site. There is also an IRC channel full of passionate people who are willing to help out, so you may have to ask for help; but there are options if you get stuck.

Since Stellarium for Mac is a multiplatform and open-source app, there's a huge community supporting it. If stargazing is your passion, you'll definitely feel at home here.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Don't know how to work it. Is there a manual?"

September 22, 2013  |  By hmdzine

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.12.3

Pros

Can't do this because I don't know how it works

Cons

There is no info on how it works, unless I have missed this somewhere

Summary

NA

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5 stars

"Xcellent!!! (I'm an amateur)"

May 26, 2013  |  By aaanouel

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.12.1

Pros

Beautiful, complete, easy to use, versatile and have a lot more options than I'd ever need and it's FOR FREE!!! just unbelievable.

Cons

My only one concern is probably my remorse for not being able to give them a very well deserved donation.

Summary

Great Planetarium in home software: Not for being for free is is not a serious and complete software and probably the very best!
Download it right now and donate if being able to... developers deserve it!!!

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5 stars

"Great to show kids."

March 17, 2012  |  By hoagk

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.11.2

Pros

Easy to use, graphically appealing, and it has more information than I know what to do with. I love showing my kids in the classroom the stars and planets with this.

Cons

A little problem with the location keeps sliding back to Paris instead of Chicago, but that's too small to quibble with considering the price.

Summary

Very worth while. I never would have suspected free software to be this excellent!

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4 stars

"Wonderful... very easy to use."

November 12, 2011  |  By billy_casey_jr

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.11.1

Pros

Easy to understand iconic choices.

Cons

Very few. Still testing all options.

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5 stars

"An impressive astronomical guide"

August 01, 2011  |  By ian.miller_nz

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.11.0

Pros

Seems to contain just about everything an amateur observer would wish for.

Cons

It is not quite as intuitive as some other reviewers have suggested, but it is worth making the effort to get used to it.

Summary

This accesses an extraordinary amount of information, and as such it is a bit more complicated to get the best out of it. The "Help" section includes a very useful "user guide" (98 pp I think) and I strongly recommend you download this. Once you have come to grips with this, you have a remarkably powerful application for, well, free. Magnificent value!

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4 stars

"Easy to use and has everything that I need included."

July 31, 2011  |  By susanmck

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.11.0

Pros

User friendly even for a novice Mac user like me!

Cons

I had problems removing some of the junk left from previous versions.

Summary

Worth having, easy to use, full of interesting information.

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4 stars

"very good program"

December 29, 2010  |  By lukssi

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.10.6

Pros

good visualization and set of viewing options

Cons

localization could be improved

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4 stars

"Seems to be a very good program."

December 23, 2010  |  By veldugo

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.10.6

Pros

Offers a lot of information as you look for it.

Cons

I have found none yet.

Summary

I would recommend this program to anyone.

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3 stars

"Very good when in one location"

December 12, 2010  |  By wwilson7

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.10.6

Pros

Very good when in one location over centuries or even millennia; planets and moons very accurate; images of star clusters and nebulae very good.

Cons

Biggest problem is changing locations--program sticks to time at original location; when changing to location very distant from "home", sky is shown at system time, and changing time shows sky as it would be at home location.

Summary

Very good planetarium simulator within above limits.

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5 stars

"Nice job very complete"

December 11, 2010  |  By mrbiteme

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.10.6

Pros

Works fine lasts a long time won't rust, won't bust, it's a product you can trust.

Cons

there are none

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.13.1

- Added: Light layer for old_style landscapes
- Added: Auto-detect location via network lookup.
- Added: Seasonal rules for displaying constellations
- Added: Coordinates can be displayed as decimal degrees (LP: #1106743)
- Added: Support of multi-touch gestures on Windows 8 (LP: #1165754)
- Added: FOV on bottom bar can be displayed in DMS rather than fractional degrees (LP: #1361582)
- Added: Oculars plugins support eyepieces with permanent crosshairs (LP: #1364139)
- Added: Pointer Coordinates Plugin can displayed not only RA/Dec (J2000.0) (LP: #1365784, #1377995)
- Added: Angle Measure Plugin can measure positional angles to the horizon now (LP: #1208143)
- Added: Search tool can search position not only for RA/Dec (J2000.0) (LP: #1358706)
- Fixed: Galactic plane renamed to correct: Galactic equator (LP: #1367744)
- Fixed: Speed issues when computing lots of comets (LP: #1350418)
- Fixed: Spherical mirror distortion work correctly now (LP: #676260, #1338252)
- Fixed: Location coordinates on the bottom bar displayed correctly now (LP: #1357799)
- Fixed: Ecliptic coordinates for J2000.0 and grids diplayed correctly now (LP: #1366567, #1369166)
- Fixed: Rule for select a celestial objects (LP: #1357917)
- Fixed: Loading extra star catalogs (LP: #1329500, #1379241)
- Fixed: Creates spurious directory on startup (LP: #1357758)
- Fixed: Various GUI/rendering improvements (LP: #1380502, #1320065, #1338252, #1096050, #1376550, #1382689)
- Fixed: "missing disk in drive " (LP: #1371183)
General
Publisher Stellarium
Publisher web site http://www.stellarium.org
Release Date October 19, 2014
Date Added October 19, 2014
Version 0.13.1
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 153.16MB
File Name Stellarium-0.13.1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 32,410
Downloads Last Week 16
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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