A free open source desktop planetarium for your Mac

Stellarium for Mac

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Stellarium for Mac

  -  365.15 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    Stellarium 24.1 LATEST

  • Review by

    Marian Marinescu

  • Operating System

    macOS 11.0 Big Sur or later

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    Fabien Chereau / External Link

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Stellarium for Mac is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go. Features of Stellarium for macOS:

  • Default catalog of over 600,000 stars
  • Extra catalogs with more than 210 million stars
  • Asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • Constellations for twelve different cultures
  • Images of nebulae (full Messier catalog)
  • Realistic Milky Way
  • Very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • The planets and their satellites
  • A powerful zoom
  • Time control
  • Multilingual interface
  • Fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • Spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • All new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • Telescope control
  • Equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • Star twinkling
  • Shooting stars
  • Eclipse simulation
  • Supernovae simulation
  • Skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection
  • Plugin system adding artificial satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
  • Ability to add new solar system objects from online resources...
  • Add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...
Note: Requires 64-bit processor.

Also Available: Download Stellarium for Windows

  • Stellarium 24.1 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- missing stars
- ability to following the current position in Search Tool/Position
- ability to set a sub-arcminute lower limit for angular size
- note on Ephemeris table
- special case for SIMBAD/NCP in Search Tool
- ability to toggle visibility HIPS surveys via scripting engine
- ability to use comma as decimal separator in Remote Control plugin
- translations to Lithuanian language
- distance and heliocentric distance info for Solar system objects into scripting engine
- major axis, minor axis and orientation angle info for DSO into scripting engine and Remote Control plugin
- an option to force low graphics mode
- code to automatic updating the TLE sources from Celestrack website
- a tabular view for distances of Solar system objects (InfoString).

- bug in Meteor shower plugin
- south azimuth usage in Search Tool/Position
- landscape transparency issue
- alignment for note in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
- CCD frame rotation after changing language
- computation of phase angle for satellites
- selection the title of observing lists when he is saved or imported
- a tiny bug in Observing Lists dropdown menu
- installation path for manpages in FreeBSD
- the major digit of version: automatisation has been removed
- license data for AppData file according to SPDX License List v3.22
- Rise/Transit/Set info
- updating Rise/Transit/Set info after switching location if the object was selected in AstroCalc/RTS tool
- a serious bug in Observing Lists
- Fix: reduce notification popups in Observing Lists
- possible issue for transparency in landscapes
- typo in coordinates of Phoenix Dwarf Galaxy
- Fix: clearing up refs to a few star names
- the informational data (InfoString) for comets
- visibility for orbital properties in the View/SSO dialog
- build without PCH
- missing reference.fab files
- find objects from search history

- core: fall back to fast_float when C++ stdlib doesn’t provide from_chars for floats
- core: use std::from_chars for parsing ints in OBJ files
- core: updating StelLogger
- SolarSystem: add IAU designation for comets if missing
- SolarSystem: add the perihel year to the comet name in case of loading older-style ssystem_minor.ini
- Solar System Editor plugin: allow overwrite if possible
- Exoplanets plugin: switched to use surface temperature for potentially habitable planets
- Exoplanets plugin: updated priority to selection of objects
- Meteor Showers plugin: Use NELM for local meteor rate

- Greek (Almagest) sky culture
- Remote Control plugin
- dependencies: QXlsx 1.4.7
- dependencies: CalcMySky 0.3.2
- default list of locations
- catalog of pulsars
- translations
- discovery circumstances for minor bodies of Solar system
- orbital elements and default list of minor planets and comets
- list of contributors
- list of financial contributors
- nomenclature data
- SUG: document –low-graphics option
- Update properties for CPack-generator of DEB packages
- instructions for building planetarium from the source code

- fixed sizes from Oculars dialog
- “scale” option from desktop file
- outdated translatable lines
- link to TLE for Starlink satellites with very old orbit data
- extra shortcuts from (common    user) desktop in Windows

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