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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 the Jupiter. You can select different intensities in the View window.

A shooting star flashes past the 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, the Milky Way.

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

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Constellation art turned on.

Constellation art turned on.

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user contributed landscapes

We have landscapes for the seven continents (in the seven continent model) - all, including from Antarctica!

landscapes: Africa

Cuatro Puertas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands 0.10+
Antonio M. López Alonso CC BY-NC English

A view from the centre of a circumference carved by ancient Canarians on the top of Cuatro Puertas archaeological site on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. More information on this site at Proyecto Tarha.

Cap Masoala, Madagascar 0.9+
Matthias D. Frei GPLv2+ English

This panorama was photographed from the abandoned French lighthouse at the southernmost point of the Masoala peninsula in Madagascar. It provides a spectacular view over the Indian Ocean and the Masoala peninsula that is still mainly covered with rainforest. More information about this particular place can be found here

Giza Pyramids 0.10+
Ricardo Liberato CC BY-SA 2.0 English

Shows a view of the pyramids of Giza looking North East. The main three pyramids (left to right) are Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu. Khafre looks largest in this shot but in fact Khufu is slightly larger than Khafre.

Idehan Ubari, Libya 0.10+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of the desert of Idehan Ubari in Libya.

Leptis Magna, Libya 0.10+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of the theatre of the Roman city of Leptis Magna. This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Screenshot not available Mbabane, Swaziland 0.9+
Quinton Reissmann N/A English

Mbabane is the capital of the little kingdom of Swaziland. Waterford/Kamhlaba is an international school on a mountain side which prides itself in cultural diversity. In SiSwati “kamhlaba” means “a world in miniature”. The actual view is from the sports field where we usually set up the telescope.

Sahara, Libya 0.10+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view from somewhere in the middle of the Sahara in Libya.

Volcano Waw al-Namus, Libya 0.10+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of Volcano Waw al-Namus in the Sahara.

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