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:
    August 29, 2008
  • File Size:
    75.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    153
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista

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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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 17 votes

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    4.1

    out of 126 votes

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    • 1 star 8
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    "Further versions will lock out Mac Snow Leopard users"

    February 09, 2014   |   By 515bonner

    Version: Stellarium 0.12.2

    Pros

    Great software up to 0.12.3 for Mac users

    Cons

    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.

    Summary

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

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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
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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