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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: North America

Grand-Barachois, New-Brunswick, Canada 0.10+
Pierre Bédard Public Domain English

Grand-Barachois (Facing the south of Prince-Edward-Island, near Cap-Pelé), New-Brunswick, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2011-07-16 at 21:02. Among the most beautiful sunsets ever seen, and where people are of the most nice and welcoming.

Mount Wilson Observatory 0.12+
Florentin Millour N/A English

A view of the Mount Wilson Observatory, where the expansion of the Universe was discovered. The 60 inch telescope dome can be seen to the South-West, and one of the 6 CHARA array telescopes is visible to the East.

Ocean City, Maryland, USA 0.11+
Eric Myers CC BY-NC English

On the beach near 2nd Street, in Ocean City, Maryland, USA

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA 0.9+
Martin C. Doege Public Domain English

View from Farrand Field at the University, with the Flatirons to the southwest. (File is 2.9 Mb)

Walkway Over The Hudson, New York, USA 0.11+
Eric Myers CC BY-NC English

Walkway Over The Hudson Historic State Park spans the Hudson river in the state of New York between Poughkeepsie and Highland. It was originally a railroad bridge, which was completed in 1889 and was in service until 1974, when it was closed after a fire. The bridge is 1.28 miles long, with the center deck 212 feet above the river (which is at sea level — the river actually flows both directions with the ocean tides far inland beyond Poughkeepsie). The bridge was later refurbished into a pedestrian walkway, which opened in 2009, becoming the longest footbridge in the world.

United States Military Academy at West Point 0.11+
Eric Myers CC BY-NC English

The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, was established in 1802, at a location originally used by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The photos used to assemble this landscape were taken from the parade field at West Point during Branch Week. Visible in front of Washington Hall one can see, among other things, two AH-64 Apache helicopters, two CH-47 Chinook helicopters, a Stryker armored fighting vehicle, and an M-1 Abrams Tank.

Screenshot not available Farrand Field, Boulder, Colorado, US 0.9+
Martin C. Doege GPLv2+ English

Panorama taken from Farrand Field at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Flatirons are visible to the southwest.

Screenshot not available Cesar Chavez Memorial, Berkeley, CA, USA 0.9+
Lee Trampleasure Amosslee N/A English

This panorama is centered at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar at the Berkeley Marina. The solar calendar has large stones that line up with the sunrises and sunsets at the equinoxes and solstices. The author painted the Golden Gate bridge to make it stand out a bit more.

Cherry Springs State Park 0.12+
Menefist Public Domain English
Cherry Springs State Park is a 82-acre (33 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Potter County, Pennsylvania. It is popular with astronomers and stargazers for having some of the darkest night skies on the east coast of the United States   LVM: 6.5 - 7.0 or best MPSAS: 21.82.
Chesterton Elementary School - San Diego, California, USA 0.10+
John Chester N/A English

This landscape was taken to help encourage students to learn about science and astronomy using Stellarium. The panorama was taken at the playground area of Chesterton Elementary School on October 23, 2011. The image was constructed using the Multiple Image Method using 8 overlapping images to provide a high level of detail. The original composite panorama image was 22442 (width) x 2418 (height) pixels. Composite photo reduced to 5 equally sized photos of 2048 by 1024 pixels. Many trees created complex horizon background but left details, such as tether-ball poles, in place during transparency development to keep landscape realistic. The lines of the playground provide an interesting perspective with Stellarium.

Cul-de-sac behind my house 0.11+
Billy Janshon N/A English

This landscape was taken behind my house in New Port Richey, Florida.

El Tajin, Mexico 0.9+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of the prehispanic city of El Tajin. Theses ruins are part of UNESCO World Heritage.

Heritage Park Museum, in Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 0.9+
Lenard Lindstrom CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 English

A view of Heritage Park Museum, Terrace, British Columbia, Canada. It was photographed in August, 2011.

The full panorama, including sky, can be viewed at 360Cities.

This collection of early 20th Century log buildings shows the diverse construction styles used by immigrant settlers of the Skeena Valley. The two story Kalum Lake Hotel is the centrepiece of the park. To the right of the hotel a summer student talks with two of the fifteen or so young visitors attending a children’s day.

Screenshot not available Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada 0.9+
Rogier Gruys N/A English

Pyramid Island dark sky observation site in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada — world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve. This site is only 15 min from the town of Jasper, yet nearly perfectly dark. The panorama was taken just before sunset in October 2011.

Lennox & Addington Dark Sky viewing Area, Erinsville, Ontario, Canada 0.10+
Norm Green CC BY-ND 2.5 CA English

Dark Sky Viewing Area located north of Erinsville, in the county of Lennox & Addington, Ontario, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S1000fd camera on 2016-05-23 18:30.

Mexico Ciudad, Mexico 0.9+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of the Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución) of Mexico Ciudad.

Ville de Percé, Québec, Canada 0.10+
Pierre Bédard Public Domain English

Ville de Percé, Québec, Qc, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2012-08-18 15:07.

Plaines d'Abraham, Québec, Canada 0.10+
Pierre Bédard Public Domain English

Plaines d’Abraham (Partie du Site historique des Champs de Bataille Nationaux), Québec, Qc, Canada. This landscape was taken with a Fuji FinePix S2000-HD camera on 2011.08.14.

Salt Lake City Panorama 0.9+
Hiram Bertoch N/A English

Hiram made this panorama for the KidsKnowIt Network’s outreach program.

Screenshot not available San Jose, California, USA 0.9+
BrendaEM N/A English

This panorama was made using Nasa’s WorldWind. Screenshots were taken at 45 degree increments. The screenshots were layered and stitched together, and then offset until the the Northern mountains were aligned. A landscape such as this could be made of any location in the world. There is a plug-in for WorldWind called “BigScreenshot,” that may make the process easier, but not automate it. A plug-in could be written to do this entire process automatically.

Mount Shea in northern British Columbia, Canada N/A
Eddie Carle CC BY-SA 3.0 English

This is a panorama I took near the peak of Mount Shea in northern British Columbia, Canada. My goal was to create an ultra high resolution landscape of a very remote, illumination-free area of Canada. It is also a tone-mapped HDR. If you’d like to see other photos from the voyage, see http://alcazarmountain.com/shea

Berkeley, California, USA 0.9+
Lee Trampleasure Amosslee N/A English

This panorama is centered at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar at the Berkeley Marina. The solar calendar has large stones that line up with the sunrises and sunsets at the equinoxes and solstices. 4096X2048 PNG photo, 8.3MB, or 2048x1024 PNG photo 2.1MB. In the larger photo, I painted the Golden Gate bridge to make it stand out a bit more. Credits and location can be found in the landscapes.ini file. Please include credits if you use/distribute this version.

Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico 0.9+
Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz N/A English

This is a panoramic view of the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas in Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal. This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

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