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Stellarium is a planetarium tool for beginning astronomers. It allows users to observe the night sky in real-time. The tool will show you the sky above your location. An astronomer can zoom in to get a better image of the stars and constellations. Moreover, all the space bodies will be marked - that makes Stellarium an amazing teaching tool.

A user can choose objects for display thanks to the flexible system of filters. Stellarium allows you to observe stars, planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulas, and other deep space objects. In order to conduct daytime observations, an astronomer can fast-forward the programme to see the night sky anytime.

Why Use Stellarium?

The interface of Stellarium is lightweight and easy to use. The program is designed to not distract a user from sky observation - that’s why all the controls are placed in a compact panel in the bottom of the screen. There’s a built-in zoom-in designed to improve the precision of observation, though the quality of zoomed images needs further improvement.

In case you’re a beginning astronomy enthusiast, there’s a variety of helpful tools to familiarize yourself with the sky. For instance, a user can enable the constellation contour feature - it’ll help you identify and memorize constellations and improve the skill of identifying them outdoors.

Stellarium also has a search feature that’s handy when navigating the sky. You can search the names of stars, planets, and other space bodies. The program offers a built-in telescope feature as well to make the observations as close to the physical ones as possible. You can navigate through lenses or activate a binocular mode.

There’s a possibility to upload and analyze 360-degree pictures. In order to improve your knowledge about space bodies, use a built-in catalog. Apart from providing the information on thousands of solar system objects, you’ll be notified, in case a new comet is discovered.

Stellarium Main Features:

  • Built-in database for 600 00 stars;
  • Real-time night sky observation;
  • Zoom-in feature;
  • A wide variety of supported lenses and binoculars;
  • Learning tools to help identify a constellation or other solar system objects;
  • Virtual on-site observation;
  • Easy-to-use interface.


Stellarium is a tool for a virtual astronomic observation that can come in handy both for professional scientists and beginners. It improves the observation experience as well as gives access to a knowledge database with the data on over 600,000 stars.

What's new in 0.19.2 version?

  • Added support DMS and DD formats for parallactic angle feature
  • Added altitude limitation filter for AstroCalc/Graphs[AltVsTime/ME] tools
  • Added visual improvements for AstroCalc/Graphs tool
  • Added new time intervals for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Added computation of ephemeris for all naked-eye visible planets into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Added GUI for select the color of ephemeris markers into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Added 2 new scripts (Saturnian and uranian analemmas)
  • Added 'k Pup' designation to star HIP 37229 (GH: #706)
  • Added information about progress of loading on splash screen (GH: #719)
  • Added a new skylore for Stellarium: Anutan
  • Added support catalog "Southern Stars embedded in nebulosity" (Van den Bergh and Herbst, 1975 - VdBH)
  • Added support "Catalogue and distances of optically visible H II regions" (Dickel+, 1969 - DWB)
  • Added distances for few LDN objects
  • Added support removing shortcuts through config.ini file (GH: #724)
  • Added extraInfoString to StelObject: Allows extra info injected by plugins or scripts.
  • Added display of Apex/Antapex points (GH: #737)
  • Added "observers" for all planets with moons (GH: #736)
  • Added IAU constellation abbreviation to object info
  • Added 3 new actions
  • Added settings for Script Console (GH: #741)
  • Added Vanuatu (Netwar) skyculture (GH: #762)
  • Added few asterisms (GH: #753, #768)
  • Added new one time step into AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool (GH: #758)
  • Added few new DSO textures (GH: #756, #780)
  • Added support Vec3d into scripting engine
  • Added a Messier Marathon script (GH: #771)
  • Added support for short weekday display modes in bottom toolbar
  • Added GUI option to toggle permanent orbit drawing
  • Added hyperbolic comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) [2I/Borisov] into default ssystem_minor.ini file
  • Added a scripting function for refraction (GH: #778)
  • Fixed coloring text issue when formatting output is on
  • Fixed saving properties for external software/remote computer in Telescope Control plugin (GH: #702)
  • Fixed behaviour of selected ephemeris marker when sorting not for date (AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool)
  • Fixed sorting date and time columns for AstroCalc/Ephemeris and AstroCalc/Phenomena tools
  • Fixed crash on destruction of static QWidget (GH: #720)
  • Fixed small difference of values issue for different time zones for Date and Time column in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool (GH: #717)
  • Fixed stupid conversion bug in hmsToRad function (GH: #716)
  • Fixed an asymmetry w.r.t. to the ecliptic latitudes (Moon age)
  • Fixed Search Tool/Lists behaviour for VdBH catalog
  • Fixed distances for few DSO (GH: #708)
  • Fixed Gregorian date issue for AstroCalc (GH: #711)
  • Fixed support GPS on macOS (GH: #712)
  • Fixed coefficient for the duration of mean tropical year
  • Fixed issue for images in description for landscapes: set search directory (GH: #735)
  • Fixed tooltip behaviour for Date and Time dialog
  • Fixed star name to its source spelling (GH: #729)
  • Fixed compiling with GPSD 3.19 [API 8.0] (GH: #733)
  • Fixed encoding script files in Script Console (GH: #742)
  • Fixed drawing names of asterisms
  • Fixed aFOV display in Oculars plugin
  • Fixed visual issue in Script Console (white background) with Qt 5.13
  • Fixed links for scripting docs (SUG)
  • Fixed screen flashing during solar eclipse (GH: #747)
  • Fixed core.resetOutput(); method behaviour (GH: #750)
  • Fixed AltGr behaviour for some languages on Windows
  • Fixed clipping issue for LabelMgr.labelObject (GH: #776)
  • Fixed weekday computation
  • Fixed rendering planets orbits (GH: #773)
  • Fixed error in shape of asterism Red-Necked Emu (GH: #769)
  • Fixed proper removing of default secondary shortcut (GH: #764)
  • Fixed cross-id error in DSO catalog
  • Updated appdata.xml file
  • Updated outdated code for names of days and months
  • Updated Observability plugin
  • Updated list of proper names of stars (IAU approved list)
  • Updated Moon age calculation: let's use geocentric coordinates only for compute of the Moon age
  • Updated AstroCalc/PC tool: simplification and colorification for graphs
  • Updated AstroCalc/Phenomena tool: small speed-up
  • Updated the default color space: StelToneReproducer now use sRGB as target RGB color space (GH: #718)
  • Updated GUI for Satellites plugin
  • Updated common names for DSO
  • Updated common names for stars
  • Updated packaging for macOS: Let's use macdeployqt for creating a MacOS bundles
  • Updated nomenclature support: Let's use compressed nomenclature data to reduce an installation package
  • Updated translations
  • Updated planetary nomenclature
  • Updated Sardinian skyculture
  • Updated file handling in Script Console
  • Updated HDPI features: enabled scaling fonts on High DPI monitors (GH: #546)
  • Updated default shortcuts: changed default shortcut for copying selected object information (Ctrl+C -> Ctrl+Shift+C) to allow use Ctrl+C shortcut for text edit fields for whole planetarium (GH: #748)
  • Updated getInfoMap method [scripting engine]: enhanced the getInfoMap method for the Sun (get eclipse data; GH: #747)
  • Updated Chinese (Simplified) and Russian translations for Windows installer (GH: #755, #779)
  • Updated Bookmarks tool
  • Updated default exoplanets and pulsars catalogs
  • Updated behaviour on Windows: disable HiDPI scaling in manifest (GH: #763)
  • Updated Oculars plugin: improve RA/Dec output for CCD frame
  • Code refactoring: type checking/casting clarifications
  • Removed FOV plugin (the feature was moved into core of planetarium)


More info

  • Last Updated: 2019-09-30
  • Developer: The Stellarium Dev Team
  • Homepage: stellarium.org
  • Version: 0.19.2
  • File size: 244.14 MB
  • Downloads: 2,099
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Filename: stellarium-0.19.2-win32.exe
  • MD5 Checksum: f40689087ecbb38999138d54c8d605fa