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Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

A shooting star flashes past Jupiter. You can select different intensities in the View window.

A shooting star flashes past Jupiter. You can select different intensities in the View window.

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The great nebula in Orion. Press N to bring up the nebula labels. Also shown are constellation lines, press C to show or hide them.

The great nebula in Orion. Press N to bring up the nebula labels.

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The dance of the planets above ESO headquarters, near Munich.

The dance of the planets above ESO headquarters, near Munich.

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Full sky view of the constellations, their boundaries and the Milky Way.

Full sky view of the constellations, their boundaries and the Milky Way.

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Constellation art turned on.

Constellation art turned on.

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features

sky

  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for 19 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 feature
  • 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
  • supernovae simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection

customisability

  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
  • ability to add new solar system objects from on-line resources…
  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…

news

system requirements

minimal

  • Linux/Unix; Windows XP and above; OS X 10.7.4 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1
  • 256 MiB RAM
  • 150 MiB on disk

recommended

  • Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; OS X 10.8.5 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.1 and above
  • 1 GiB RAM or more
  • 1.5 GiB on disk

developers

Project coordinator: Fabien Chéreau
Doc. author/developer: Matthew Gates
Developer: Bogdan Marinov, Alexander Wolf, Timothy Reaves, Guillaume Chéreau, Georg Zotti, Ferdinand Majerech, Jörg Müller, Marcos Cardinot
Continuous Integration: Hans Lambermont
Tester: Barry Gerdes, Khalid AlAjaji
and everyone else in the community.

get involved

You can learn more about Stellarium, get support and help the project via these links:

bzr

The latest development snapshot of Stellarium is kept in Bazaar, a distributed revision control system. If you want to compile development versions of Stellarium, this is the place to get the source code.

irc

Engage in real time chats about Stellarium in the #stellarium IRC channel on the freenode IRC network. Use your favourite IRC client to connect to chat.freenode.net or try the web-based interface.

supporters and friends

Stellarium is produced by the efforts of the developer team, with the help and support of the following people and organisations.

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