Stellarium 0.13.2 / 0.13.3 RC
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What's new in Stellarium 0.13.3 RC:
- Added new DSO catalogs: Barnard (B), Van den Bergh (VdB), Sharpless (Sh 2), H-? emission regions in the Southern Milky Way (RCW), Lynds' Catalogue of Bright Nebulae (LBN), Lynds' Catalogue of Dark Nebulae (LDN), Collinder (Cr) and Melotte (Mel)
- Added tiny visual improvements for info about comets and minor planets
- Added Hungarian translation for Aztec skyculture
- Added Russian translation for Western: H.A. Rey skyculture
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- 129 MB
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- DEVELOPED BY:
- Fabien Chereau
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- C: \ Others \ Home & Education
Interactive 3D environment for celestial explorationAs soon as you run the application, it opens in full screen mode. With just one click on the sky, you can get details about the aimed object, namely type (e.g. star, double star, cluster associated with nebulosity), magnitude, galactic longitude and latitude, parallax, distance, spectral type, and angle.
Fill out information to examine specific objectsThe objects can be viewed with the use of a telescope, which can be configured in terms of name, focal length and diameter. Plus, you can pick a location on the map and select the latitude, longitude, altitude and country to jump to it.
Examine past constellations easilyAn interesting feature offered by this program is the possibility to travel back in time and see the constellations’ positions and other details on the sky. You only need to set the date and time in the dedicated dialogs, and Stellarium automatically generates projections from that period.
Show or hide specific objectsFurthermore, you can adjust the Milky Way brightness and make the program show the atmosphere, shooting stars and planet orbits, as well as view information about the celestial sphere (e.g. equatorial grid, cardinal points, Azimuthal grid).
Stellarium allows users to select the projection mode (fish-eye, cylinder, Mercator), view landscapes from different world locations and add new ones from ZIP archives, and learn about different sky cultures.
Resort to handy toolsYou can perform searches for finding objects on the sky, navigate throughout the 3D environment with the use of keyboard shortcuts (which can be reassigned) or the mouse, toggle between daytime and nighttime, enable the ocular viewing mode, and view deep-sky objects.
ConclusionAll in all, Stellarium offers excellent image quality and a pack of features that make it an ideal tool for all types of users curious enough to find out more information about constellations and other celestial objects.
Stellarium was reviewed by Ana Marculescu, last updated on March 30th, 2015
Also available: Portable Stellarium
Runs on: Windows All
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