Archive for March 14th, 2015

by Tom Nelson

Stellarium is a free planetarium app for the Mac that produces a realistic view of the sky, just as if you were looking up from your backyard, with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. And if you’ve ever wanted to view the sky from somewhere else on earth, say New Caledonia or Newfoundland, Stellarium can set your location to anywhere you like, and then display the sky with all of its stars, constellations, planets, comets, and satellites, just as if you were right there looking up.


Image courtesy of Stellarium.org

Stellarium has been a favorite of ours for quite a while. It provides a rich catalog of objects, along with historical and astronomical information about each one. It can produce a remarkable nighttime sky that’s so detailed you may think you’re outside, lying on the lawn gazing skyward, with the Milky Way stretching out like a sparkling chain of lights across the sky.

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