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Stellarium 0.16.1

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.

185 MB
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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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • supernovae simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection


  • 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:

  • Added new algorithm for DeltaT from Stephenson, Morrison and Hohenkerk (2016)
  • Added use QOpenGLWidget
  • Added new option to InfoString group
  • Added orbit visualization data for asteroids
  • Added calculation of extincted magnitudes of satellites
  • Added new type of Solar system objects: sednoids
  • Added classificator of objects into Solar System Editor plugin
  • Added albedo for infostring (planets and moons)
  • Added some improvements and clean up of code in Search Tool
  • Added use ISO 8601 to date formatting in Date and Time Dialog (LP: #1655630)
  • Added "Restore direction to initial values" in Oculars plugin (LP: #1656085)
  • Added the define for GL_DOUBLE again to restore compilation on ARM.
  • Added calculation and show of horizontal and vertical scales of visible field of view of CCD (LP: #1656825)
  • Added caching for landscapes, including preloading and some other manipulation via scripting.
  • Added binning for CCD in Oculars plugin
  • Added textures for DSO
  • Added a mean solar day (equals to Earth's day) on the Sun for educational purposes
  • Added transmitting map of object info via RemoteControl
  • Added int property handling with sliders
  • Added a scriptable function to retrieve landscape brightness.
  • Added Spout licence.txt to Windows installer script
  • Added displaying solstices points (LP: #1670046)
  • Added extension of objectInfoMaps per object, most useful for scripting (LP: #1670412)
  • Added tentative fix for crash without network (LP: #1667703)
  • Added separate storing of view direction/FoV and other settings.
  • Added Meade MA12 Astrometric Eyepiece support in Oculars plugin
  • Added option to change the prediction depth of Iridium flares (Satellites plugin)
  • Added tooltips for AstroCalc features
  • Fixed indirect dependency to QtOpenGL by QtMultimediaWidgets (LP: #1656525)
  • Fixed text encoding in installer (LP: #1652515)
  • Fixed changing value of in tooltip when ephemeris type is changed (LP: #1652762)
  • Fixed mistakes in DeltaT stuff
  • Fixed typos in AstroCalc tool
  • Fixed visual style for spinup/spindown markers
  • Fixed missing cross-id of Epsilon Lyrae (LP: #1653388)
  • Fixed updating a list of Solar system bodies in AstroCalc tool when new objects added or objects was removed
  • Fixed calculation of period for comets on elliptial orbits
  • Fixed prediction of Iridium flares (LP: #1643311)
  • Fixed saving visibility flag for Bookmarks button (LP: #1654164)
  • Fixed refraction for Satellites (LP: #1654331)
  • Fixed wrong parallax and distance for IC 59 (LP: #1655423)
  • Fixed updating a text in Help window when shortcuts are changed (LP: #1656001)
  • Fixed saving flags of visibility of Milky Way and Zodiacal Light (LP: #1656067)
  • Fixed memory leaks
  • Fixed few reports of Clang static analyzer
  • Fixed double clicks causing crashes (LP: #1656525)
  • Fixed packaging QtOpenGL in Windows/macOS packages
  • Fixed handling a log lines with missing newline char
  • Fixed a bad-value crash in ArchaeoLines plugin
  • Fixed an invalid escape sequence in RemoteControl plugin
  • Fixed bug in Search Tool (LP: #1655055)
  • Fixed doing a screenshots (do it via FBO solution for QOpenGLWidget)
  • Fixed work a button for ArchaeoLines plugin
  • Fixed calculation and rendering CCD frame in Oculars plugin
  • Fixed an memory leak with the spheric mirror distorter, and removed stencil buffer from the effect FBO (we don't need it for our rendering) (LP: #1661375)
  • Fixed tile-based render performance (always glClear all buffers at the start of the frame) (LP: #1661375)
  • Fixed glClear alpha channel usage (glClear alpha to zero instead of one)
  • Fixed Scenery3d cubemap rendering (restores rendering)
  • Fixed crash, when location 'Sierra Nevada Observatory, Spain' is chosen (LP: #1662113)
  • Fixed NetBSD and OpenBSD build by linking glues with Qt5::Gui.
  • Fixed size for few DSO textures (NPOT textures for ancient GPUs) (LP: #1641773)
  • Fixed crash, when missing a stars catalog from the middle of list (e.g. stars4 is missing and we tried zooming) (LP: #1653315)
  • Fixed crash for configure color of generic DSO marker (LP: #1667787)
  • Fixed date limit in AstroCalc tool (Set a minimum possible date limit for the range of dates for
  • QDateTimeEdit widgets) (LP: #1660208)
  • Fixed escaping of symbols for Simbad Lookup (LP: #1669088)
  • Fixed DE431 mismatch (LP: #1606583)
  • Fixed overbright Sun when zooming in (LP: #1421173)
  • Fixed absolute magnitude calculation of the planets, their moons, and the Pluto-Charon system (LP: #1664143)
  • Fixed a long-standing bug concerning centering small-fov views in equatorial mount mode (LP: #1484976)
  • Fixed influencing sky luminance/eye adaptation for bright objects covered by the landscape horizon. (LP: #1138533)
  • Fixed atmospheric brightening by Earth's moon when location is on other planets (LP: #1673283)
  • Fixed application of DE43x DeltaT when date outside range of the selected DE43x.
  • Fixed Night mode issue for binocular mode of Oculars Plugin (LP: #1673187)
  • Fixed altitude computation for landscapes
  • Fixed a small error in that Zodiacal light was aligned with Ecliptic J2000, not Ecliptic of date (LP: #1628765)
  • Fixed crash Stellarium in debug mode on OS X with Qt 5.7+, through clear GL error state after using QPainter (LP: #1628072)
  • Fixed a problem with Qt timezone handling, when some IANA timezones have been renamed compared to entries in our location database (LP: #1662132)
  • Allows SkyImages in all reference frames and deprecate the old explicit core.loadSkyImageAltAz() type commands
  • Updated rules for usage of custom time zones (the custom time zone may be use in all time now) (LP: #1652763)
  • Updated shortcuts
  • Updated rules for source package builder
  • Updated URL of DSS collection
  • Updated detect of OS
  • Updated deployment rules for Windows installer
  • Updated script for building Stellarium User Guide
  • Updated GUI for set coefficients for custom equation of DeltaT
  • Updated list of contributors
  • Updated ArchaeoLines and Gridlines options to RemoteControl pages
  • Updated Tongan sky culture
  • Updated catalog of DSO
  • Updated common names of DSO
  • Updated star names (LP: #1664671)
  • Updated Solar System Screen Saver.
  • Updated Oculars plugin
  • Updated Satellites plugin (Let's start looking to the Iridium on 15 seconds before flash)
  • Updated plist data for macOS
  • Updated textures of minor planets
  • Updated default color scheme
  • Removed code for automatic tuning star scales of the view through ocular/CCD (LP: #1656940)
  • Code clean-up
  • Prevent an unnecessary StelProperty change
  • Changed the way the OpenGL format is set once again