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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: interplanetary

Screenshot not available Apollo 11 landing site 0.9+
Mathew Myrup N/A English

This landscape is made using NASA photographs taken by Buzz Aldrin. Look down and you can see Buzz’s footprints :)

Screenshot not available Apollo 17 landing site 0.9+
Mathew Myrup N/A English

This landscape is made using NASA photographs taken by Gene Cernan.

Screenshot not available International Space Station 0.9+
Makc GPL English

Landscape made using some screen shots and data from the wonderful Celestia. Set the projection mode to stereographic, zoom out to a wide field of view and point down towards the ground to get the nice rounded “planet” effect.

Husband Hill, Mars 0.9+
Johan Public Domain English

Johan transformed this Mars image from NASA into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium. Mars rover Spirit made this image during August 24 to 27, 2005. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell. Read more on this webpage.

Mars Opportunity Rover 0.9+
Mike Public Domain English

Mike sent posted this landscape in the forums. Another nice Mars rover landscape.

Mars Panorama of Phoenix Landing Site 0.9+
Alexander Wolf Public Domain English

This view combines hundreds of images taken during the first several weeks after NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived on an arctic plain at 68.22 degrees north latitude, 234.25 degrees east longitude on Mars. The landing was on May 25, 2008. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University. Read more on this webpage.

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