Explore The Sky With This Stunning Planetarium Suite

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StellariumStellarium is a complete Windows application that lets you explore the components of the night sky. Pan around the screen to control your virtual telescope to look at tens of thousands of planets and stars. The graphics are superb, the amount of information contained in the program is immense, and there's even a 300-page book included as a PDF file that will teach you everything you need to know about how to drive the program.

Stellarium can even be used to control a real telescope if you have one that's compatible, but it's still amazing fun if you don't.

The program is completely free from http://stellarium.org/ and the 64-bit version is a 160 MB download. It's malware-free according to the security software I use (it's too large for VirusTotal) and also Web of Trust.

On any computer, Stellarium is good. If you have a large screen, or even a projector, you're definitely in for a treat.

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FYI. Recent versions require a good modern graphics card.

There is now a 0.12.7 version for "old computers (old with weak graphics cards)"

https://sourceforge.net/p/stellarium/news/2016/11/stellarium-0127/

Get it here..https://sourceforge.net/projects/stellarium/files/Stellarium-win32/0.12.7/

@ Stellarium is awesome :)

Great program! Thanks! - I had a problem - the mouse was invisible. Reading in the forum a suggestion to disable mouse trails worked!

Using this forever via Linux.

I was helping someone today with their Windows PC. Omg-- just so much garbage to contend with, in every way!

I was soooooooooooooooo happy to come home to my wonderful Mint Mate!

I digressed, but I had to say it! ;)

Thanks again Rob.
During the last twenty years I have downloaded, tried and used dozens of astronomy programs (free and paid). Presently I use only one of them: Stellarium. I completely agree with your comments in this article.
Regards
Peter.

This is also available as a Portable App ! : http://portableapps.com/apps/education/stellarium_portable