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 allow to search an inactive meteor showers in Search Tool/Lists tool
Added ‘Azimuth vs. Time’ graph into AstroCalc/Graphs tool
Added feature to show tracks for latest several selected planets (GH: #539)
Added calculation and showing the orbital period for artificial satellites
Added revolutions per day info for artificial satellites
Added tools for jumping to the next or previous time of rising, transit or setting for selected object (GH: #484)
Added new behavoir for AstroCalc/Graphs when clicking within graph area now sets current time.
Added simplification in topocentric correction (GH: #391)
Added parallactic angle function (added it to infostring and infomap also)
Added hour angle and sidereal time to infomap
Added apply rotation when drawing Solar Corona (GH: #699)
Fixed draw corona when atmosphere is switched off
Fixed airmass in infomap
Fixed issue in script ‘Mercury Triple Sunrise and Sunset’
Fixed crash of Stellarium for eyepieces with permanent crosshair
Fixed Stellarium crash when Remote Control plugin is working
Fixed computation of assume radius for minor planets.
Fixed the issue of the scrolling not working properly on Mac (GH: #393)
Fixed crash in Scripting Engine (Hide artificial satellites through StelProperties in core.clear() method to avoid crash if plugin was didn’t loaded)
Fixed planetarium crash in HiPS (network manager delete problem)
Fixed position problems on the Poles (GH: #391)
Fixed scaling Telrad sign on HighDPI monitors
Fixed surface occlusion bug even with landscape turned off in scripting engine (GH: #680)
Fixed building with cmake -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON (GH: #683)
Fixed error in constellation file format (Babylonian)
Fixed Europe/Volgograd time zone settings (GH: #686)
Fixed HiPS handling of allsky download (GH: #671)
Fixed progress bar rendering (GH: #671)
Fixed positive declinations issue in AstroCalc tool when option ‘Use decimal degrees’ is enabled (GH: #690)
Fixed file names inconsistency
Fixed constellation line in “Japanese Moon Stations” skyculture
Fixed file name for constellation boundaries in Stellarium User Guide
Fixed the user interface problems in Oculars plug-in (GH: #580)
Fixed getting the wrong values in objects/info method for selected object for different formats (Remote Control plugin)
Fixed refresh plots when AstroCalc dialog becomes visible again (AstroCalc/Graphs tool)
Fixed jquery vulnerability (GH: #694)
Fixed date and time dialog behaviour: Hour/Minute/Second spinners now correctly trigger signals dateChanged(), dateChangedByYear and dateChangedForMonth() when days, months or years are affected by it.
Fixed update graphs in AstroCalc/Graphs tool when days change
Updated planetary nomenclature
Updated common names of stars and DSO’s
Updated cmake rules for Windows deployment
Updated DSO textures
Updated behaviour of HiPS survey if Stellarium started without network (GH: #681)
Updated GUI for ArchaeoLines plugin (GH: #689, #682)
Updated default pulsars catalog (v1.60)
Updated list of asterisms
Updated AstroCalc tools: many optimizations
Excluded Armintxe skyculture and landscape from default package