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Stellarium
Stellarium
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Stellarium

Desktop planetarium of the live sky above you.

4.6
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Stellarium overview

Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium. It renders the skies in realtime using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium is very simple to use, which is one of its biggest advantages: it can easily be used by beginners.

What’s new in version 24.1

Updated on Mar 26 2024

  • Added missing stars (GH: #3575)
  • Added ability to following the current position in Search Tool/Position (GH: #3643)
  • Added ability to set a sub-arcminute lower limit for angular size (GH: #3647)
  • Added note on Ephemeris table (GH: #3634)
  • Added special case for SIMBAD/NCP in Search Tool
  • Added ability to toggle visibility HIPS surveys via scripting engine (GH: #3613)
  • Added ability to use comma as decimal separator in Remote Control plugin
  • Added translations to Lithuanian language
  • Added distance and heliocentric distance info for Solar system objects into scripting engine
  • Added major axis, minor axis and orientation angle info for DSO into scripting engine and Remote Control plugin (GH: #3605)
  • Added an option to force low graphics mode (GH: #3590)
  • Added code to automatic updating the TLE sources from Celestrack website (GH: #3588)
  • Added a tabular view for distances of Solar system objects (InfoString).
  • Fixed bug in Meteor shower plugin (GH: #3616)
  • Fixed south azimuth usage in Search Tool/Position
  • Fixed landscape transparency issue (GH: #3512)
  • Fixed alignment for note in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Fixed CCD frame rotation after changing language (GH: #3627)
  • Fixed computation of phase angle for satellites
  • Fixed selection the title of observing lists when he is saved or imported (GH: #3623)
  • Fixed a tiny bug in Observing Lists dropdown menu
  • Fixed installation path for manpages in FreeBSD (GH: #3612)
  • Fixed the major digit of version: automatisation has been removed
  • Fixed license data for AppData file according to SPDX License List v3.22
  • Fixed Rise/Transit/Set info (GH: #3602, #3610)
  • Fixed updating Rise/Transit/Set info after switching location if the object was selected in AstroCalc/RTS tool
  • Fixed a serious bug in Observing Lists (GH: #3586)
  • Fix: reduce notification popups in Observing Lists (GH: #3587)
  • Fixed possible issue for transparency in landscapes (GH: #3512)
  • Fixed typo in coordinates of Phoenix Dwarf Galaxy (GH: #3576)
  • Fix: clearing up refs to a few star names
  • Fixed the informational data (InfoString) for comets
  • Fixed visibility for orbital properties in the View/SSO dialog
  • Fixed build without PCH
  • Fixed missing reference.fab files (GH: #3681)
  • Fixed find objects from search history (GH: #3671)
  • Changed core: fall back to fast_float when C++ stdlib doesn't provide from_chars for floats
  • Changed core: use std::from_chars for parsing ints in OBJ files
  • Changed core: updating StelLogger (GH: #3614)
  • Changed SolarSystem: add IAU designation for comets if missing
  • Changed SolarSystem: add the perihel year to the comet name in case of loading older-style ssystem_minor.ini
  • Changed Solar System Editor plugin: allow overwrite if possible (GH: #3641)
  • Changed Exoplanets plugin: switched to use surface temperature for potentially habitable planets
  • Changed Exoplanets plugin: updated priority to selection of objects
  • Changed Meteor Showers plugin: Use NELM for local meteor rate (GH: #3549)
  • Updated Greek (Almagest) sky culture
  • Updated Remote Control plugin (GH: #2995)
  • Updated dependencies: QXlsx 1.4.7
  • Updated dependencies: CalcMySky 0.3.2
  • Updated default list of locations
  • Updated catalog of pulsars
  • Updated translations
  • Updated discovery circumstances for minor bodies of Solar system
  • Updated orbital elements and default list of minor planets and comets
  • Updated list of contributors
  • Updated list of financial contributors
  • Updated nomenclature data
  • Updated SUG: document --low-graphics option
  • Update properties for CPack-generator of DEB packages
  • Updated instructions for building planetarium from the source code
  • Removed fixed sizes from Oculars dialog
  • Removed "scale" option from desktop file
  • Removed outdated translatable lines
  • Removed link to TLE for Starlink satellites with very old orbit data
  • Removed extra shortcuts from (common|user) desktop in Windows (GH: #3579)
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Information

License

Free

Size

382.9 MB

Downloads

113378

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 11 or later
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 1.2
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What customer like

Price
Customization
Stability

What needs improvements

Social media integration

Stellarium qualities

Value
3.7
Ease of use
3.0
Features
3.7
Reliability
3.3
Customer support
3.7

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bob-benfer
bob-benfer
Jul 9 2022
0.22.2
0.0
Jul 9 2022
0.0
Version: 0.22.2
Great, but why is East and West reversed on my Mac Stellarium 0.22.1? How to undo? Bob Benfer
norbert-achtelik
norbert-achtelik
Oct 31 2021
0.21.2
0.0
Oct 31 2021
0.0
Version: 0.21.2
Stellarium will not start on my mac mini (2012) till Catalina 10.15.7 update
fernandez.bruno
fernandez.bruno
May 7 2021
0.21.0
0.0
May 7 2021
0.0
Version: 0.21.0
it has been a treasure during the quarantine times, I love watching the stars in the app and then trying to find them in the sky, loooooove it!
PedantMac
PedantMac
Sep 29 2020
0.20.3
5.0
Sep 29 2020
5.0
Version: 0.20.3
Perfect sofrware
paulhoffmanoz6
paulhoffmanoz6
Jul 20 2020
0.20.2
0.0
Jul 20 2020
0.0
Version: 0.20.2
I absolutely love this program. Perfect for us city dwellers who never have a good view of the sky. I'm lucky in having an iMac Retina so the art really shines. Totally Recommended.
Robert86
Robert86
Dec 24 2018
0.18.3
0.0
Dec 24 2018
0.0
Version: 0.18.3
Stellarium 0.18.3 does not appear to be linked for download at this time: This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below. <Error><Code>AccessDenied</Code><Message>Request has expired</Message><X-Amz-Expires>300</X-Amz-Expires><Expires>2018-12-24T10:26:22Z</Expires>
cbinckley
cbinckley
Dec 28 2017
0.16.1
4.5
Dec 28 2017
4.5
Version: 0.16.1
Well, this is entirely misleading - "Canonical Ltd." is (according to Wikipedia) "a UK-based privately held computer software company founded and funded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth to market commercial support and related services for Ubuntu and related projects." They PROVIDE LINKS to Stellarium 0.16.1.2 on "launchpad.net", and it is identified everywhere in the program as "0.16.1" but confirmed as the 16.1.2 release via the Clang version in the About dialog. HOWEVER, the STELLARIUM.ORG website - to which this page SHOULD be directing people - has version 0.17.0 available as of 12/21/17 and provides downloads from its Github repository. My rating is for the Stellarium.org 0.17.0 version of the program.
RJC.NJNYC
RJC.NJNYC
Dec 19 2017
0.16.2
0.0
Dec 19 2017
0.0
Version: 0.16.2
Stellarium 0.16.2, 18 Dec 2017 does not exist
Fced
Fced
Oct 9 2017
0.16.1
5.0
Oct 9 2017
5.0
Version: 0.16.1
I love that application, I don't have a telescope, and that software permitted me to see the stars, and recognize them, and their constellation, I use it since a long time ago on my iPad/Mac
Semplicita
Semplicita
Jul 27 2017
0.16.0
0.0
Jul 27 2017
0.0
Version: 0.16.0
Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version per 2017-06-21. Not beta, not 2017-07-27. Also listed as compiled for macOS 10.12+, instead of 10.8+.
Mcr
Mcr
Nov 11 2016
0.15.0
0.0
Nov 11 2016
0.0
Version: 0.15.0
This MacUpdate listing for Stellarium is grossly outdated. On this page it states version 0.15.0 as released on Nov 10, 2016, and on this page, notes version 0.15.0 is beta. In actuality, Version 0.15.0 was released July 31. 2016, and is the current (as of the date of this post) STABLE version.

There is a version 0.90.0 released Nov 4, 2016, but that is BETA for testing purposes only. Also, this MacUpdate page says Stellarium is compatible with 10.7; on the developer site the last several versions all say 10.8 or higher (full 64-bit required).

Your best bet is head to the source site https://launchpad.net/stellarium and download from there; frankly I would not trust what MacUpdate is serving up on this page.
Sean-Smith
Sean-Smith
Feb 9 2016
0.14.72.1
0.0
Feb 9 2016
0.0
Version: 0.14.72.1
Version 0.14.72.1 is NOT the stable version. It is (and I quote) "FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY!"

The current stable version is 0.14.2.
Mcr
Mcr
Nov 10 2015
0.13.3
0.0
Nov 10 2015
0.0
Version: 0.13.3
0.14.0 is out, released October 24, 2015. this page hasn't been updated.
Agf-
Agf-
Aug 16 2014
0.13.0
5.0
Aug 16 2014
5.0
Version: 0.13.0
Great software, THX to the developers. My share for the community: Raisting Crop Circle Landscape for Stellarium! Download Raisting Crop Circle Landscape for Stellarium - Panorama from within 2014 crop circle near Raisting Radome, Bavaria, Germany. http://www.gruenderseiten.info/Files/www/1408119324/index.html
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Jul 22 2014
0.13.0
1.0
Jul 22 2014
1.0
Version: 0.13.0
It does not launch in 10.9.4.Don't know why but it is no loss because I have Kstars from MacPorts.
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Sep 12 2013
0.12.2
5.0
Sep 12 2013
5.0
Version: 0.12.2
Thanks for all the efforts that went in coding this great planetarium software! I love it. No complaints. I'm using it with awe! The cosmos is such a beautiful creation!
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
Sep 12 2013
0.12.2
0.0
Sep 12 2013
0.0
Version: 0.12.2
The Stellarium page states that version 0.12.3 is available as of Sept. 8... BUT the link for the new version yields version 0.12.2 at this point in time.
Tice
Tice
Feb 7 2013
0.12.0
5.0
Feb 7 2013
5.0
Version: 0.12.0
Great and simple to use Planetarium. Thanks for all the work.
Anthony1947
Anthony1947
Aug 25 2012
0.11.4
0.0
Aug 25 2012
0.0
Version: 0.11.4
I tried again from the link at macupdate.com and also from the Developer's launchpad site -- still keeps on going and going and going. I tried this link, and it worked just fine: http://sourceforge.net/projects/stellarium/files/Stellarium-MacOSX/0.11.4/ Ciao.
Anthony1947
Anthony1947
Aug 25 2012
0.11.4
0.0
Aug 25 2012
0.0
Version: 0.11.4
I tried downloading the new version twice, and it just keeps on going, never finishing the download. I hope someone fixes this soon -- this is a terrific resource to more fully understand the evening sky.
trillsrequest-0e
trillsrequest-0e
Oct 1 2023
23.3.0
4.0
Oct 1 2023
4.0
Version: 23.3.0
PedantMac
PedantMac
Sep 28 2023
23.3.0
5.0
Sep 28 2023
5.0
Version: 23.3.0
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Sep 26 2023
23.2
5.0
Sep 26 2023
5.0
Version: 23.2
Starman535
Starman535
Nov 2 2022
1.1
5.0
Nov 2 2022
5.0
Version: 1.1
YVrubel
YVrubel
Feb 25 2021
5.0
Feb 25 2021
5.0
Version: null
viniskate
viniskate
Jan 30 2019
5.0
Jan 30 2019
5.0
Version: null
rayj
rayj
Jun 14 2018
5.0
Jun 14 2018
5.0
Version: null
cbinckley
cbinckley
Dec 28 2017
4.5
Dec 28 2017
4.5
Version: null
PRjohnson
PRjohnson
Oct 9 2017
4.0
Oct 9 2017
4.0
Version: null
Fced
Fced
Oct 9 2017
5.0
Oct 9 2017
5.0
Version: null
p-lawliet
p-lawliet
Oct 17 2016
4.5
Oct 17 2016
4.5
Version: null
anonymous-skink-4656
anonymous-skink-4656
Jun 15 2015
5.0
Jun 15 2015
5.0
Version: null
Agf-
Agf-
Aug 16 2014
5.0
Aug 16 2014
5.0
Version: null
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Sep 12 2013
5.0
Sep 12 2013
5.0
Version: null
Tice
Tice
Feb 7 2013
5.0
Feb 7 2013
5.0
Version: null
Odaroc
Odaroc
Feb 6 2013
5.0
Feb 6 2013
5.0
Version: null
sosufo07
sosufo07
Jan 8 2013
5.0
Jan 8 2013
5.0
Version: null
Bolshoyblue
Bolshoyblue
Aug 26 2012
4.0
Aug 26 2012
4.0
Version: null
DaymonJ
DaymonJ
Sep 21 2011
4.5
Sep 21 2011
4.5
Version: null
Snake-One
Snake-One
Jul 3 2011
5.0
Jul 3 2011
5.0
Version: null
Gordon-Price
Gordon-Price
Jun 26 2011
3.0
Jun 26 2011
3.0
Version: null
Alexrom1000
Alexrom1000
May 4 2011
5.0
May 4 2011
5.0
Version: null
Aragorn07
Aragorn07
Feb 18 2011
5.0
Feb 18 2011
5.0
Version: null
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Jun 19 2010
5.0
Jun 19 2010
5.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Feb 23 2010
1.0
Feb 23 2010
1.0
Version: null
Docjk
Docjk
Feb 23 2010
5.0
Feb 23 2010
5.0
Version: null
Sans-Dieu-Rien
Sans-Dieu-Rien
Mar 2 2008
4.0
Mar 2 2008
4.0
Version: null
Shotgunweddings
Shotgunweddings
Jun 7 2007
5.0
Jun 7 2007
5.0
Version: null
Jodamiller
Jodamiller
Dec 20 2006
5.0
Dec 20 2006
5.0
Version: null
Veggiedude
Veggiedude
Oct 6 2006
5.0
Oct 6 2006
5.0
Version: null
O5220803
O5220803
Jun 19 2006
4.8
Jun 19 2006
4.8
Version: null
Stephen314
Stephen314
Feb 6 2006
5.0
Feb 6 2006
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Oct 23 2005
5.0
Oct 23 2005
5.0
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Oct 15 2005
4.3
Oct 15 2005
4.3
Version: null
Guest
Guest
Jul 19 2005
4.0
Jul 19 2005
4.0
Version: null
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