Stellarium

Stellarium

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 126 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.9.1
  • Total Downloads:
    173,162
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 29, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    75.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    153
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 126 votes

    • 5 star 62
    • 4 star 40
    • 3 star 12
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 8
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5 stars

"Appreciate the design of this FREE & easy to use app."

March 06, 2009  |  By kaybird01

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

Small in size.

Cons

No Cons, as I can see.

Summary

I didn't need the most fancy astronomy app, just something for identifying simple backyard stuff. Appreciate the art and the design of this FREE and easy to use application. It's running on my Acer Aspire Pro - and running well. Also loved alternative, cultural readings for constellations (i.e., Lakota, Chinese).

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5 stars

"Satisfies all my needs for what's up tonight."

December 18, 2008  |  By wfhixon

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

I especiaally liked the sky filter that allows me to see naked eye stars as they appear due to light pollution in my area. Veru user friendly.

Cons

None so far

Summary

For my needs it works as well as another product I currently run on my computer costing $250.00.

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4 stars

"Good graphics"

November 28, 2008  |  By padre44

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

More realistic than others I've seen

Cons

Nothing as of yet.

Summary

Gives a good view of what the night sky actually looks like as well as controls to look at different directions in different locations. Installed easily and runs well.

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5 stars

"I've used several astronomy apps, and this is the best."

November 27, 2008  |  By BPBerk

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

The interface is reasonably intuitive. The zoom function is amazing: as you zoom in towards a planet or other object, it seamlessly transitions into a photographic image of the object.

Cons

Slightly non-standard key commands: F1 doesn't get you help, it switches between full screen and windowed, mode. ('H' gets you help.)

Summary

I've used other star programs--some of which were quite good--to find out what's going on in the sky. This is the first one that's been so good, I just sit and play with it.

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5 stars

"great product,use it for my grand children"

November 19, 2008  |  By lak721

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

It has all the planets, constellations and nebula ,great teaching tool

Cons

Nothing so far

Summary

fun , educational for you and your children

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5 stars

"on October 1, 2008"

November 12, 2008  |  By ahtesham3

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

I always wanted to know more about Our Solar system and I've sure learning Now!

Cons

It could be closer like mrstic_5 above said.

Summary

I'm learning so much I did'nt know and so is my Grandson! read

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4 stars

"very cool program for teaching and learning"

October 29, 2008  |  By chainswave

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

the overlay and grid features are well done

Cons

the graphics have a lot to be desired as there are much better stellar photos to work from out there.
also the search mechanism would have been more efficient if it allowed you to click,lock on,and zoom in and out

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4 stars

"Incredible program"

October 12, 2008  |  By tucifurlan

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

All is good

Cons

Some difficults to search location

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4 stars

"Simple, Efficient and Fast"

October 03, 2008  |  By Saptarshi Ghosh

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

It has all the planets, constellations and nebula discovered so far and also very fast.

Cons

Nothing so far

Summary

The view of the space is exellent because the controls are placed bottom left and the sky can be converted as per user and ground is optional, this means that the whole screen is full of the space.

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4 stars

"Pure Enjoyment"

October 01, 2008

 |  Version: Stellarium 0.9.1

Pros

I always wanted to know more about Our Solar system and I've sure learning Now!

Cons

It could be closer like mrstic_5 above said.

Summary

I'm learning so much I did'nt know and so is my Grandson!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.9.1
Version 0.9.1 is primarily a bug fix and stabilization release, but users can expect to see improved start-up times and a new sky culture (Tupi-Guarani) as well as some progress with translations and overall stability.
General
Publisher Stellarium
Publisher web site http://www.stellarium.org
Release Date August 29, 2008
Date Added August 29, 2008
Version 0.9.1
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/NT/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 75.57MB
File Name stellarium-0.12.2-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 173,162
Downloads Last Week 153
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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