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Stellarium is an open-source application (works on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX) with a database of more than 210 billion stars, planets and major satellites which it can display in real-time, right on your computer.

At its most basic, Stellarium will display the night sky as seen from anywhere on earth. Delving into the more advanced features you can do all sorts of really interesting things like see the constellations for a dozen different cultures—the Pegasus from Greek mythology is the Turtle in the Navajo tradition.

You can watch the rotation of the stars in real time, control atmospheric conditions, zoom as though using a powerful telescope, and superimpose a wealth of information onto the night sky like the names of stars, orbits of planets, and illustrations of the constellations.

If you're using Stellarium on your laptop to supplement your stargazing, you can turn on a night mode that dims the brightness and displays the menus in a night-vision-preserving red.

You may want to check out the more screenshots section on Stellarium website.

Download Stellarium (Windows .exe, Mac OSX .dmg and Linux source files) | Download Stellarium for Ubuntu and Debian (.deb)

Stellarium Plugins

For Stellarium 0.10.2/Ubuntu i386

  • Bungle containing AngleMeasure, CompassMarks, Ocular, TextUserInterface and Satellite plugins. Un-tar this in your ~/.stellarium directory: stellarium-plugin-bundle.tar.bz2

For Stellarium 0.10.2/Win32

[via lifehacker & genbeta]