Do you consider yourself a lover of the universe? Then you should know that there are some applications that, for no reason, should be missing on your computer. Among them is Stellarium, a platform designed to bring us closer to the cosmos from the comfort of our homes. With this program, you can access an endless database and images about everything that surrounds our planet.
Although many of the wonders of the universe can be within our sight, it is also true that many others are hidden, and we have to look for them. Stellarium is one of the best alternatives to do it in computers with the Windows operating system. Thanks to this application, you can access a virtual planetarium, enjoying the other planets, the bodies surrounding them, etc.
Specifically, this software works utilizing a kind of informative filter, which will allow you to go through the immensity of the universe, and, as you advance, to know the different celestial objects you are seeing, information about them, etc. Precisely this ability to move between planets and stars in a free world system is one of the main qualities we can mention of the software in question.
On the other hand, if you are interested in any elements that are part of the universe, in particular, you should know that Stellarium has an integrated search engine, thanks to which we can find the words or phrases that we consider key in these cases. In practically all instances in which we entered search terms, we were transported through space to those bodies in just a few seconds.
What types of celestial bodies can we know thanks to Stellarium? Practically all the famous ones, since this platform, allows us to have access to the plans that make up the Solar System, as well as to the stars within it, and also to the nebulae, just by sliding manually or by adding different search terms.
Stellarium has, at the same time, a reliable representation of the constellations so that you can position yourself at the point of the planet Earth you prefer and, from there, visualize them as if you were using an astronomical element. Many of us can relate this tool to having a telescope at home, so if you do not have one, you can get an idea of the benefits they offer.
On the other hand, this program also has a system of simulations from our planet, thanks to which you can observe, always in a larger size than human sight offers us, the movements that occur in the universe. You can see what happens for an hour, a day, even a month or a year, to see how the bodies move through the universe.
At this point, it is essential to know that we can also select a specific spot on our planet, for example, a particular city or continent, from which we want to see how the movements surrounding us as a body are produced. Again, it would be best if you used the Finder to reach precisely those coordinates you are interested in.
You will see that the program's interface is simple, since all the elements appear on the screen with a transparent background, so that they hardly affect our view of the sky and stars, but also highly intuitive. It consists of a series of large buttons on the screen's lower left side, allowing us to activate or deactivate options by clicking once.
All the plans and other celestial bodies found within this platform are available in a three-dimensional format, so it is possible to observe their details, differences between one side and the other, how their appearance changes, etc. Besides, as the representations are produced in real-time, if you spend some time playing with this application, you will notice the movement of the bodies on your computer.
If you prefer, this program will also allow you to make your forced simulations, for example, in the case of eclipses, or meteor showers, so that when there is news about these events, you will understand what they are about. If you do not want to wait for the movement of plans to happen by itself, you can also force it to happen thanks to this application.
As negative elements, to call them somehow, we have to point out two issues, although neither of them is serious. On the one hand, when moving manually between celestial objects, we can get lost, which has happened to us several times. Beyond that, it has a solution. On the other hand, you will see that some objects found in this program have a better visual aspect than others.
Anyway, and as a summary, we must say that there are few applications at the height of Stellarium when it comes to knowing in detail all the elements that are part of the universe. Its three-dimensional representations in real-time, the possibility of accessing each body thanks to its search engine, and some other functions, in addition to its stable performance, make it a highly recommendable application.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is Stellarium downloadable for Windows 10?
- Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows 10.
- What operating systems is it compatible with?
- This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of Stellarium.
As for Windows 64-bit, this software is compatible with:
Windows 11 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit.
Here you can download the 64-bit version of Stellarium.
- Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
- Yes, it is compatible with Windows 64-bit, in the following link you can download the 64-bit version.
- What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
- To install Stellarium on your PC, you have to download the stellarium-1.2-qt5-win32.exe file to your Windows and install it.
If you want to install the 64-bit version, you will need to download the stellarium-1.2-qt6-win64.exe file and install it on your Windows.
- Which version of the program am I going to download?
- The current version we offer is the 1.2. For Windows 64-bit the version we offer is the 1.2.
- Is Stellarium free?
- Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.
Also, this software is open source, which means that you will be able to download the source code of the program, and if you are knowledgeable enough, you will be able to see how the software works internally and modify its functionality.
- Is it translated into English?
- Yes, the program is translated into English, so you will be able to enjoy its user interface fully translated into English.
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