Stellarium is a cross-platform, free and open-source planetarium software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. It allows users to inspect the heavens from any location on earth with constellations from different cultures such as Western, Arabic, Chinese and many more. Download the latest version of Stellarium now by clicking the download button on this page.
- The good
- Free and open-source.
- Very comprehensive library of stars and celestial objects.
- Ability to create demonstrations by writing scripts.
- The bad
- There is no built-in video recorder.
- Using the software is a bit complicated.
Stellarium allows users to view the sky in 3D thus turning their PCs into a virtual planetarium, the software is comprehensive with 600,000 stars that can be extended to 1.7 million stars using plug-ins, in addition to this 80,000 deep-sky objects that can be extended to 1 million objects with plug-ins.
Users can view constellations on the sky from over 30 different cultures from all over the world such as Arabic, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Egyptian, Mayan, Aztec, Scandinifian, Western and more.
The Stellarium landscape is realistic and shows planets and their satellites, in addition to this very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset, and a realistic Milky Way.
Stellarium supports plug-ins to allow the community to contribute to the development of the software and to add new features and new landscapes all the time.
The user interface is available in many languages and new languages are added constantly thanks to the large community of users contributing to its translation.
Users can take screenshots by pressing (Ctrl + S) on the keyboard. There is no built-in video recording feature, but users can create demonstrations by writing scripts that can be used in classroom presentations and activities. You can download scripts created by other users in the community from the official site.
To master Stellarium, you must read through the user guide.
Download Stellarium for Windows
Get the latest version of Stellarium 0.21.2 with a fast and direct link now via Downzen by clicking the download button on this page. To get Stellarium for other operating systems visit Stellarium's official website.
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