Archives For November 30, 1999

Stellarium, a planetarium software shows a 3D simulation of the night sky, has reached the 0.16.1 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives.

Stellarium 0.16.1 is a bug-fix release with some important new features:

  • Added moons of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto
  • Added improvements for AstroCalc tool
  • DSO catalog was updated to version 3.2:
    • Added support ‘The Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae’ (Acker+, 1992)
    • Added support ‘A catalogue of Galactic supernova remnants’ (Green, 2014)
    • Added support ‘A Catalog of Rich Clusters of Galaxies’ (Abell+, 1989)
  • Added support asterisms and outlines for DSO
  • Added improvements for the GUI

How to Install Stellarium 0.16.1 in Ubuntu:

The official Stellarium PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Stellarium from an existing release with Software Updater utility:

Or run following commands to install the software for the first time:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stellarium


To remove the software, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stellarium

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.

Free planetarium software Stellarium has reached 0.13.2 release with over 70 bug-fixes and new nice features – like visualization of the zodiacal light and new sky cultures.

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

According to the changelog, the new release fixed below important bugs:

  • The orbits of Neptune’s moons are not rendered correctly
  • fail to start stellarium compiled by Qt5.3.1
  • No disk in station F on start
  • Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 mouse bug
  • Unable to select objects after zoom.
  • The textures of Hyperion (Saturn VII) fails to render.
  • Wrong value of proper motion for some stars
  • Memory leak in 64-bit version
  • Visual artifacts on the Moon
  • Insufficient OpenGL version for 0.11.96.MESA-win32

Other bug fixes and installer for Windows and OS X are available at launchpad page.

Install / Upgrade Stellarium in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.05 and Linux Mint 17 users, latest Stellarium packages are available in PPA repository.

To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:

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

After that, you can upgrade Stellarium by running Software Updater and installing updates. Or run below command to install the software:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install stellarium

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.



  • 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