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