Get Stellarium - it is fantastic... and free!

 

My friend Peter just turned me on to Stellarium!

It is a FREE (open source) planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic 3D sky, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a scope.

It is being used in planetarium projectors. Download it for free and use it on your computer!

You'll get:
  • over 120,000 stars from the Hipparchos catalogue with info
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • images of nebulae
  • realistic Milky Way
  • realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • planets and their satellites

interface

  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • scripting to record and play your own shows
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • graphical interface and extensive keyboard control

visualisation

  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • skinnable landscapes

customisability

  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...

Dowload Stellarium here: http://stellarium.sourceforge.net/