Free Planetarium App Stellarium 0.13.1 Released [Ubuntu PPA]

October 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Stellarium, a free and open source planetarium software, has recently reached version 0.13.1 with new features and a few bug fixes.

Stellarium is a free and open source planetarium software available in Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It uses OpenGL to render a realistic projection of the night sky in real time.


The latest Stellarium 0.13.1 was released just hours ago. The new release added:

  • Light layer for old_style landscapes
  • Auto-detect location via network lookup.
  • Seasonal rules for displaying constellations
  • Coordinates can be displayed as decimal degrees
  • Support of multi-touch gestures on Windows 8
  • FOV on bottom bar can be displayed in DMS rather than fractional degrees
  • Oculars plugins support eyepieces with permanent crosshairs
  • Pointer Coordinates Plugin can displayed not only RA/Dec (J2000.0)
  • Angle Measure Plugin can measure positional angles to the horizon now
  • Search tool can search position not only for RA/Dec (J2000.0)

And fixed:

  • Galactic plane renamed to correct: Galactic equator
  • Speed issues when computing lots of comets
  • Spherical mirror distortion work correctly now
  • Location coordinates on the bottom bar displayed correctly now
  • Ecliptic coordinates for J2000.0 and grids diplayed correctly now
  • Rule for select a celestial objects
  • Loading extra star catalogs
  • Creates spurious directory on startup
  • Various GUI/rendering improvements
  • “missing disk in drive

Install / Upgrade Stellarium in Ubuntu:

The latest binaries have been made into its official PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one to add the PPA and install the app:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stellarium

Install Stellarium in Ubuntu from PPA

Once installed, open the software from the Unity Dash and you can receive future updates by running regular updates via Software Updater.

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