Stellarium
Stellarium 0.12.2
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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
Version 0.12.2:

New features:
  • variable stars
  • re-packed star catalogs (Hipparcos and Tycho-2)
  • improvements for plugins, scripting engine and search tool.
New version of the Satellites plug-in (0.8.1) with features:
  • automatic adding of new satellites on update from selected update sources; by default, only new naked-eye satellites are auto-added
  • automatic removal of satellites if they are no longer listed in the update sources
  • "user-defined" flag protecting satellites from update/removal
  • satellites can be added to/removed from satellite groups from the GUI
  • custom satellite groups can be defined
  • the default satellite group names and satellite descriptions are translatable
Version 0.12.2:

New features:
  • variable stars
  • re-packed star catalogs (Hipparcos and Tycho-2)
  • improvements for plugins, scripting engine and search tool.
New version of the Satellites plug-in (0.8.1) with features:
  • automatic adding of new satellites on update from selected update sources; by default, only new more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 1.2



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Big-Mac-XXL reviewed on 12 Sep 2013
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!
[Version 0.12.2]


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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 12 Sep 2013
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.
[Version 0.12.2]


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+34

Tice reviewed on 07 Feb 2013
Great and simple to use Planetarium. Thanks for all the work.
[Version 0.12.0]


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Anthony1947 commented on 25 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 0.11.4]

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Apeman replied on 26 Aug 2012
The download worked just fine.
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Anthony1947 commented on 25 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 0.11.4]


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Big-Mac-XXL commented on 17 Mar 2012
Don't download the old stuff (0.11.1) here. The actual version is 0.11.2 and can be grabbed at:

https://launchpad.net/stellarium
[Version 0.11.1]


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+10

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Alexrom1000 reviewed on 04 May 2011
Wonderful program! It inspires you to become an astronomer )))
No crashes, fast and full of interesting features. Compliments to developers!
[Version 0.10.6]


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+4

+235

Maclover1.1 reviewed on 19 Jun 2010
I love this app !!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making it.
[Version 0.10.5]


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+2

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Dave commented on 30 Mar 2010
Upgraded to 0.10.4 from 0.10.2 and all I got was a distorted screen. Went back to 0.10.2. Intel macpro 10.5.8
[Version 0.10.4]


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+700
Jazzyguy commented on 23 Feb 2010
Just a tip,I just tried SkyOrb and it is far better than this app GUIwise as well as stability. There is also a PPC version.For those who don't want to install MacPorts and get Kstars SkyOrb is a free app and extremely attractive as well as useful.
[Version 0.10.4]


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+13
Scifi had trouble on 03 Jul 2011
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Hi,

I cannot seem to use the “Intel–only” build of 0.11.0 on my 10.6.8 system (model iMac6,1 with C2D, and 24" display, and NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT).  The screen initially turns absolute–black, then other apps windows will eventually “uncover” parts of what we’re suppose to see there bit–by–bit.

OTOH the “universal” build of this same 0.11.0 is functioning adequately (altho mouse–drags are sticky & slow, it is usable here).

I’ll try filing a bug–report at their launchpad repo.

.
[Version 0.11.0]


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+66
Doug Engelbart had trouble on 18 Dec 2009
Stellarium 0.10.2 on my OSX.5.8 (G4) only shows a window full of graphic trash for 10 seconds, then it quits itself. I went back to v0.9.1 which runs fine.
[Version 0.10.2]


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TR2 had trouble on 25 Sep 2008
Crashes on launch ! (using 10.4.11 on PPC) ... but great app. !!
[Version 0.10]


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+12
cyann had trouble on 23 Sep 2008
Did the same as Jazzyguy with the same configuration(10.5.5/PPC).
[Version 0.10]


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+328
Umaromc had trouble on 07 Jun 2007
Stellarium 0.9.0, Universal
2007-06-06, r2229+macosx support

This is the really final release build of Stellarium 0.9.0.

INSTALLATION

1. You need to be running Macosx 10.4, preferably not 10.4.7. Drag the Stellarium.app icon from this .dmg window to your mac, and double click on it there to run it.

2. You don't need anything else for this build, it is all bundled inside.

3. If you had an earlier version of Stellarium set to start in full-screen mode, you want to remove your earlier configuration file. As listed in the Known Issues section, this version of Stellarium does not run very well when started in full-screen mode. Simply move the file:

~/Library/Preferences/Stellarium/config.ini

(That is: in your home directory, the Library directory, then the Preferences directory, then the Stellarium directory, the file called "config.ini")
to another location, or to the trash. Stellarium will copy a new config.ini file that starts in windowed mode.

4. An issue with mis-directed shared libraries discovered for the Intel architecture has been resolved.

ADDITIONAL STARS

There are four star catalogs included with the build, and additional star catalogs available from the Stellarium website, the "Extra-data-files" package. Each star catalog file listed there you wish to add to the stars available can be placed in:

~/Library/Preferences/Stellarium/stars/default

Up to catalog 6 has been tested on a PPC iBook with 750mb RAM, and there was something of a performance hit. The more RAM and the faster processor you have, the more stars catalogs you will be able to load.

KNOWN ISSUES

0.9.0 right now cannot *start* in full-screen mode. It can start in windowed mode and toggle back and forth to fullscreen mode. This seems to have to do with OpenGL and Qt, and it will be investigated in future releases.

The video mode list of the config screen has no options in it, the switch to Qt has made that display obsolete. It will be resolved later.

About half the time when quitting, Stellarium will crash on glDeleteTextures. It will show a "The application Stellarium quit unexpectedly" dialog. This does not seem to hurt anything, but there is an order of destruction that needs to be corrected in future releases.

ATI cards in Macs are known to not support point sprites properly. If you run Stellarium, but don't see any starts whatsoever, edit ~/Library/Preferences/Stellarium/config.ini, add this line:

flag_use_gl_point_sprite = false

to the [projection] section.

This build does not include all possible star catalogs. Details about how to download additional star catalogs separately and make the available to Stellarium will be forthcoming.

There is no audio support in this build.
[Version 0.9]


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Sand had trouble on 23 Aug 2006
I have both SDL frameworks put in the Library/Frameworks, but yet, the application won't launch.. the Icon appeirs on the dock and leaves it right away :(
[Version 0.8a]


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pennyhead had trouble on 19 Jun 2006
Great program and I look forward to having it work again. I loaded .8 and it refuses to launch even after adding the SDL_image.framework, SDL_mixer.framework and SDLMain folders to the Macintosh>Library>Frameworks folder. I have a 17" MacBook Pro. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated!
[Version 0.8]

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O5220803 commented on 19 Jun 2006
Based on help from RichS and the author"s Read Me, I put the SDL frameworks in my "user>Library>Frameworks folder". And now it's working fine.
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pennyhead commented on 19 Jun 2006
Thank you for the reply but I do not have a path "user>Library>Frameworks folder" that exists on my computer. If by "user" you mean starting from my user account, there is no "Frameworks" folder there. I have the requested files (unless I downloaded the wrong ones) sitting in the "Macintosh>Library>Frameworks folder". The only other Framdeworks folder I have is at "Macintosh HD>Library>Application Support>" etc...
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pennyhead commented on 20 Jun 2006
Got it to work by downloading the correct files (SDL_mixer.framework and SDL.framework) but my computer freezes up during the loading process. Waiting to hear from developer.
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Rich S had trouble on 19 Jun 2006
As noted by follerec in reply to O5220803, this was an oversight by the developer. You also need the SDL_mixer.framework, available from http://www.libsdl.org/projects/SDL_mixer/

Give him a chance: a) this is free, b) when no-one else would port the project to Mac, he did. Version 0.8.1 will be out soon, so hold your horses.

Note that the config file has changed its location slightly from the previous version. Version 0.7.1 stored it in ~/Library/Preferences/stellarium.ini, whereas 0.8.0 stores it in ~/Library/Preferences/stellarium/config.ini
[Version 0.8]


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misterfox had trouble on 19 Jun 2006
it does'nt start up :( appears in the dock and dissappears again after about a second :(

can anyone help me?
grtz

ps: i'm on 10.3.9
[Version 0.8]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 19 Jun 2006
They already have. These posts (at the liink provided) precede yours.

Odaroc rated on 06 Feb 2013

[Version 0.12.0]



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Sos-Ufo rated on 08 Jan 2013

[Version 0.11.4]



+1

Bolshoyblue rated on 25 Aug 2012

[Version 0.11.4]



+1

DaymonJ rated on 20 Sep 2011

[Version 0.11.0]



+47

Snake-One rated on 03 Jul 2011

[Version 0.11.0]



Gordon-Price rated on 26 Jun 2011

[Version 0.10.6]



-2

Aragorn07 rated on 18 Feb 2011

[Version 0.10.6]


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Type:Education : Teaching Tools
License:Free
Date:11 Aug 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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.


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