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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.

stellarium planetarium

This tutorial is going to show you how to install Stellarium in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander via PPA.

Stellarium 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.

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  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for 15 different cultures
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • 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 artifical 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…

The latest release 0.12.4 fixed:

  • crash Stellarium 0.12.3 (Ocular)
  • Render nighttime landscapes without lighting

To install Stellarium in Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stellarium