For stargazers in the city or those without a telescope, welcome to the world of virtual telescopes. Stellarium is a free program which gives you a virtual planetarium directly on your PC monitor.
The program opens up a window to the night sky giving you the ability to navigate the stars and planets without an expensive telescope. Although it's not a replacement for enthusiasts, it gives your average Internet browsing something to look at.
Stellarium gives you the option to choose between night and day and includes a catalog of over 600k celestial bodies. It also includes various facts. Users of the program may also add their own content.
All in all, Stellarium is a really cool desktop program which gives you a neat view into the night sky with pictures taken from telescopes in space and on the ground.Stellarium features and highlights:
Stellarium is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from mapping without restrictions. Stellarium 0.18.2 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this sky render software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Stellarium may be available from Fabien ChÃ©reau.
We have tested Stellarium 0.18.2 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]