Stellarium for Mac

Stellarium for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 25 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    0.11.0
  • Total Downloads:
    31,931
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    153.16MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    40
  • Platform:
    Mac
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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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 0.11.0

sky

  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for twelve different cultures
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • realistic Milky Way
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • the planets and their satellites

interface

  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • multilingual interface
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • telescope control

visualisation

  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection

customizability

  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
  • ability to add new solar system objects from online resources...
  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...
General
Publisher Stellarium
Publisher web site http://www.stellarium.org
Release Date July 22, 2011
Date Added July 22, 2011
Version 0.11.0
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 153.16MB
File Name Stellarium-0.13.1.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 31,931
Downloads Last Week 40
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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