Stellarium

Stellarium 0.18.3

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.

Freeware
Windows
251 MB
9,273
5 8 votes

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.

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
  • supernovae 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...

What's New:

The major changes of this version:

  • Improvements and fixes for AstroCalc tool
  • Added new sky cultures
  • Added many DSO textures
  • Refactoring the GUI
  • Many improvements in the code A huge thanks to the people who helped us a lot by reporting bugs!

Full list of changes:

  • Added names of potential interesting asteroids according to Wikipedia
  • Added change saturation of Milky Way when eyepiece simulation is enabled
  • Added precisions to saturation shader (GH: #261)
  • Added Northern Andes skyculture (GH: #267)
  • Added Western (Sky & Telescope) skyculture (GH: #562)
  • Added tool for checking updates of planetarium
  • Added the support of kinetic scrolling for lists and long texts for all operating systems (disabled by default)
  • Added support angular size filter for AstroCalc/WUT tool (if applicable)
  • Added satellite color & description handling (GH: #350, #380)
  • Added new graph into AstroCalc/Graphs tool
  • Added airmass info to infostring and infomap (GH: #157)
  • Added workaround for a spherical mirror mode bug (GH: #252)
  • Added angular separation filter for double stars in AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Added highlights support (see Bookmarks tool; GH: #272)
  • Added Chinese translation for landscape description (GH: #493)
  • Added tooltip for ‘Prism/CCD distance (mm)’ option
  • Added a SphericalCap to close off Spherical Landscapes
  • Added Chinese translation for skycultures (GH: #503)
  • Added tool for reaload the DSO background images (shortcut: Ctrl+I)
  • Added tool for reloading the current sky culture (shortcut: Ctrl+Alt+I)
  • Added pack of DSO textures
  • Added timezone loading for landscapes
  • Added Nereid texture
  • Added new method core.selectConstellationByName() to avoid possible wrong selection when few objects has same name (enforcement selection of constellation; GH: #490)
  • Added alphabetical sorting the list of surveys (GH: #506)
  • Added Chinese Contemporary Skyculture (GH: #508)
  • Added 2 new tweakable buttons for asterisms
  • Added 4 new tweakable buttons for GUI
  • Added Interstellar Object type and elements of 1I/Oumuamua
  • Added new nomenclature for Mercury
  • Added Chinese translation for skycultures (GH: #540)
  • Added display of the antisolar point (GH: #536)
  • Added a good default list of instruments into Oculars plugin (GH: #409)
  • Added kinetic scrolling to switch on the fly (GH: #519)
  • Added option to select font and size (GH: #424)
  • Added workaround for grouped onscreen Information of selected object issue (GH: #523)
  • Added a tour of the Solar System planets
  • Added phase angle info for the artificial satellites
  • Added new MIME type for Stellarium scripts (for UNIX/Linux systems)
  • Added wrapper for Stellarium’s website
  • Added support XLSX files (GH: #555)
  • Added visual style for headers of columns in XLSX files
  • Added option to sort results in AstroCalc/WUT tool (GH: #521, #560)
  • Added visual style for headers of columns in XLSX files
  • Added support double clicks on the sky (selecting + centering objects)
  • Added scripting function to allow targetting Galactic coordinates
  • Fixed small issue with untranslatable items of drop-down list of HiPS surveys
  • Fixed saving telescope settings on Mac OS X (GH: #254)
  • Fixed the terms in columns in AstroCalc/Phenomena tool
  • Fixed switching of locale for dates on graphs in AstroCalc tool when language is changed
  • Fixed bug when downloading extra stars catalogues (GH: #260)
  • Fixed saving value of option “Scale image circle” in Oculars plugin (GH: #264)
  • Fixed resetting results when clear button is pressed in Satellites plugin (GH: #265)
  • Fixed annoying warning in Search Tool
  • Fixed missing config option for rise, set and transit times in GUI
  • Fixed possible crash in AstroCalc/PC tool
  • Fixed adding unnamed stars into bookmarks
  • Fixed fragment shader for planets
  • Fixed uninitialized vars in HelpDialog (Coverity issue)
  • Fixed documentation for for StelObject::getInfoMap()
  • Fixed spheric mirror support on retina displays (GH: #390)
  • Fixed link to the Stellarium User Guide
  • Fixed link to Hawaiian Star Compass Landscape in Hawaiian Starlines (GH: #384)
  • Fixed the performance for AstroCalc tool (GH: #379)
  • Fixed lunar eclipse visualization (GH: #274)
  • Fixed bookmarking for the unnamed stars
  • Fixed Chinese sky culture (GH: #489)
  • Fixed a bug for Chinese skyulture. (GH: #504)
  • Fixed storing the view direction/FoV separately from other settings (GH: #309)
  • Fixed typo in stellarium.desktop (GH: #507)
  • Fixed typo in property setting (Cardinal direction color)
  • Fixed storing of mount mode (conflict in Oculars plugin; GH: #505)
  • Fixed the orientation of M58 texture (GH: #514)
  • Fixed PNG warnings
  • Fixed bad airmass infostring (GH: #525).
  • Fixed button state
  • Fixed the text overlap issue in Observability plugin (GH: #517)
  • Fixed the placement issue of the cross in Pointer Coordinates (GH: #516)
  • Fixed border handling for a DeltaT formula
  • Fixed build with –as-needed (GH: #545)
  • Fixed updating Satellites at startup (GH: #542)
  • Fixed separation value for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool for oppositions
  • Fixed opening XLSX files in the modern Microsoft Office
  • Fixed black screen shot in night mode (GH: #534)
  • Fixed TeX style for scripts (GH: #570)
  • Updated GUI of AstroCalc tool (AstroCalc/AltVsTime, AstroCalc/ME and AstroCalc/Graphs tools has been merged into AstroCalc/Graphs)
  • Updated GUI of AstroCalc tool (visual style has been updated)
  • Updated GUI behaviour: let’s hide angular limits for AstroCalc/WUT when the limits are not applicable
  • Updated GUI behaviour: split GUI font size from screen font size
  • Updated GUI behaviour: move color buttons to the left of labels
  • Updated visual style of diagram in Exoplanets plugin
  • Updated code of Satellites plugin
  • Updated names of DSO
  • Updated textures of DSO
  • Updated textures of moons
  • Updated nomenclature
  • Updated documents
  • Updated Oculars plugin: immediate update of display when changing instrument details in GUI.
  • Updated Oculars plugin: separate font scaling for the Oculars GUI panel.
  • Updated Oculars plugin: storing of current instrument (telescope/ocular/CCD/lens) indices
  • Updated RemoteControl plugin: change return types in JSON object info from string-only to native.
  • Updated getInfoString code: separate getMagnitudeInfoString to avoid code repetition.
  • Updated tooltips and labels for AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Updated default select priority for custom objects and markers (GH: #501)
  • Updated behaviour: the select priority of custom objects and markers now configurable and scriptable
  • Updated behaviour: improved timezone handling, allows scriptable setting (GH: #497)
  • Updated default catalog of exoplanets
  • Updated default catalog of pulsars
  • Updated ArchaeoLines plugin (code refactoring)
  • Updated color setting (code refactoring)
  • Updated behaviour of lists in the AstroCalc/Graphs/Graphs tool (GH: #520)
  • Updated tool for create the exoplanets catalog
  • Updated script ‘Constellations tour’ and added small patch to avoid possible crash, when sky culture is changed (GH: #572)
  • Obsolete code in core has been removed
  • Removed outdated link (GH: #526)
  • Removed doubled parenting code in GUI classes