A new Stellarium planetarium software update is now available. Stellarium is an open-source application which renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time displaying stars, constellations, planets, nebulae and more. Stellarium is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 and is available for Linux, Windows, and macOS.
Stellarium provides a real-time view of what the sky looks like from anywhere on earth. Users can fast forward the time to track the movement of stars and other objects across the sky. There is a zoom option available to simulate using a telescope or binoculars.
The free software offers a built-in catalogue of more than 600,000 stars and provides the ability to download additional catalogues of over 170 million stars. A plugin is available to provide telescope control.
The community behind the Stellarium Planetarium Software update of 0.21.1 has been have offered these highlights of the release:
– Updated designations of stars and handling of list of designations and common names those stars
– Updated Almagest and al-Sufi skycultures
– Many changes in plugins
– Many fixes in core and plugins for support HiDPI devices
– Enhancements in visualization of markings and in scripting engine
There have also been a large number of bug fixes and closes feature requests and enhancements (see full list of changes).
The community has also published a scientific paper about the application of Stellarium in cultural astronomy which can be found here.
The latest development snapshot of Stellarium is hosted on GitHub. If you want to compile development versions of Stellarium you can get the source code here.
You can learn more on what’s available in the Stellarium planetarium software latest version release here.
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