Stellarium provides you with accurate data about the night sky, which can be used by professional and amateur astronomers alike. Basically it's a planetarium for your computer. The application shows a realistic sky in 3D; the same as what you'd see with a telescope.
Key features include:
- Default catalog of over 600,000 stars (extra catalogs with more than 210 million stars).
- Asterisms and illustrations of the constellations.
- Constellations for 20+ different cultures.
- Images of nebulae (full Messier catalog).
- The planets and their satellites.
- Very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset.
- Realistic Milky Way.
Stellarium has a great looking interface that can be accessed by all levels of user. It comes with a powerful zoom feature, time control, fish-eye projection for planetarium domes, extensive keyboard control and telescope control. Stellarium also comes with plugin control, so you can add functions like artificial satellites, ocular simulation, and telescope configuration. You can also add to your database, new solar system objects from online resources.
Added GUI improvements for AstroCalc tool.
Added elongation support for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool.
Added support decimal degrees format for AstroCalc tool.
Added handle keypressing for list of matching objects in AstroCalc/WUT tool.
Added filters for enlisted objects in Search Tool/Lists tool.
Added filters for list of matching objects in AstroCalc/WUT tool.
Added new textures for moons.
Added column with angular distance from the Moon into AstroCalc/Phenomena tool.
Added special case for partial solar eclipses in AstroCalc/Phenomena tool.
Added centering text for headers in AstroCalc/Phenomena, AstroCalc/Ephemeris and AstroCalc/Positions tools.
Added “clear” button for search of artificial satellites in the selected group (Satellites plugin).
Added additional context for term ‘Transit’.
Added artwork for some Maori constellations.
Added support Abell Catalog of Planetary Nebulae (Abell, 1966).
Added distances for some planetary nebulae (DSO).
Added possibility to select all constellations through scripts and hotkeys.
Added new language (Urdu).
Added additional level of checks for JSON documents.
Added Lokono sky culture.
Added support to add/subtract calendric month through hotkeys.
Added support ‘ESO/Uppsala Survey of the ESO(B) Atlas’.
Added processing the 30x HTTP codes for Quasars, Pulsars, Historical Supernovae, Bright Novae, Meteor Showers and Exoplanets plugins.
Added visual magnitudes and sizes for Abell planetary nebulae.
Added support Milkyway saturation effect.
Added Henriksson solution (2017) for Schoch formula for DeltaT (1931).
Added actions (without default hotkeys) to toggle Moon and Minor body scaling.
Added script “Jupiter and triple shadow phenomena”.
Added script “Jupiter without Galilean satellites”.
Added script “Occultations of bright stars by planets”.
Added script “Mutual occultations of planets”.
Fixed sorting rules for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool.
Fixed Moon HiPS rendering during eclipse.
Fixed URL of API for “Location from network” feature.
Fixed some errors in DSO catalog.
Fixed crash in the combination: constellation is selected and sky culture has been changed.
Fixed Earth shadow on scaled Moon during eclipse.
Fixed auto-enabling landscapes when setObserverLocation is call.
Fixed position of Jupiter moons: updated theory to L1.2.
Fixed cross-index data issue (DSO).
Fixed the term for altitude above sea level.
Fixed desync bug with IAU Constellation and constellation borders.
Fixed reserved identifier violation issue.
Fixed trouble with selection priority of nomenclature items for celestial bodies in deep shadow.
Fixed parsing error in constellation IAU borders lookup.
Fixed compiler warnings when GPS support is disabled.
Fixed potential crash for Meteor showers plugin.
Fixed crash (segmentation fault) for sporadic meteors with max ZHR.
[SUG] Fixed bibtex link.
[SUG] Fixed links for HCG data.
Updated behaviour of deselectConstellations() method.
Updated Epimetheus texture.
Updated behaviour of “clear” button for Search and AstroCalc/WUT tools.
Updated list of locations.
Updated list of DSO names.
Updated behaviour of Oculars button on bottom toolbar: hidden by default.
Updated default bookmarks of Solar System Editor plugin.
Updated script ‘Partial Lunar Eclipse’.
Updated default host for GeoIP service.
Updated the appdata file.
Updated behaviour of Location dialog: allowed to use resort GPS location at next startup and disable IP query when GPS is used.
Removed support of terrible Qt plural forms.