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Stellarium: A free open-source planetarium for your computer, Hacker News


  

    

features

    Sky    

  • default catalog of over 600, 000 stars
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  • extra catalogs with more than 177 million stars
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  • default catalog of over 80, 000 deep-sky objects
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  • extra catalog with more than 1 million deep-sky objects
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  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
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  • constellations for 20 different cultures
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  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalog)
  •       Realistic Milky Way      

  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
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  • the planets and their satellites
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interface

    

  • a powerful zoom
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  • Time control
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  • multilingual interface
  •       fisheye projection for planetarium domes      spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome      

  • all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
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  • telescope control
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visualization

    

  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  •       star twinkling      shooting stars      

  • tails of comets
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  • iridium flares simulation
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  • eclipse simulation
  •       supernovae and novae simulation      3D Sceneries      skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection    

customizability

    

  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
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  • ability to add new solar system objects from online resources …
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  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts …
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