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Stellarium 0.21.0 – Update for Windows

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Stellarium 0.21.0 – Update for Windows

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. Visualization renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time with OpenGL. It shows a realistic sky in 3D. Just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Stellarium displays stars, constellations, planets, nebulas and others things like ground, landscape, atmosphere, etc. There is an ability to add new solar system objects from online resources.

You can add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts. The plugin system adds artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more.

Stellarium is available for Linux, Unix, Windows, macOS and Android. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

Stellarium Features:


  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 177 million stars
  • default catalogue of over 80,000 deep-sky objects
  • extra catalogue with more than 1 million deep-sky objects
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for 20+ 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
  • tails of comets
  • iridium flares simulation
  • eclipse simulation
  • supernovae and novae simulation
  • 3D sceneries
  • 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…

Changes in Stellarium 0.21.0:

  • Added accurate planet axis orientation and rotation (GH: #502, #151):
  • Added lunar libration (GH: #877)
  • Added lines for the Invariable Plane and Projected Solar Equator (GH: #358)
  • Added solar altitude to planetary feature nomenclature
  • Added describe planetary coordinates and changes in the nomenclature display into Stellarium User Guide
  • Added new language: Spanish (Latin America)
  • Added ability to scaling of Sun and planets (GH: #1263)
  • Added new magnitude algorithms for planets from Mallama&Hilton 2018 (GH: #574)
  • Added Earth shadow circles for topocentric observer (GH: #430)
  • Added new 4k texture for the Moon (required re-balancing planet shader brightness)
  • Added lower limit for aFOV parameter of ocular in the GUI to avoid input wrong data (GH: #1487)
  • Added visibility of an antisolar point for other planets (GH: #1481)
  • Added ability to get all designations of DSO in scripts (GH: #1477)
  • Added ability to show hourly motion in decimal degrees (GH: #1478)
  • Added more cardinal points (GH: #1522, #1529)
  • Added ability to switching off drawing of Solar glare (GH: #1538)
  • Added a new sky culture based on Al-Sufi “Book of Fixed Stars” written ~ 964 AD (GH: #1548)
  • Added Old Hindu calendars
  • Added Islamic (algorithmic) and Hebrew calendar.
  • Added French Revolution calendar (arithmetic version)
  • Added Persian (arithmetic) calendar
  • Added button to set standard atmosphere
  • Added ability to translation/transliteration of Roman (latin) terms (GH: #1511)
  • Added ability to use UTC time when navigational stars are displayed (GH: #1416)
  • Added acknowledgment section into Help/About window (GH: #1568)
  • Added cosmetic fix for radio communication data: no need extra precision to show data in Satellites plugin
  • Fixed compatibility of ToneReproducer shader with GLES (GH: #1549, #1550)
  • Fixed retranslation of calendars (GH: #1545)
  • Fixed vertical position of calendar info panel
  • Fixed height-dependent twinkle for star-like objects (GH: #1542)
  • Fixed capturing a screenshots under macOS High Sierra and later (GH: #102)
  • Fixed documentation for API
  • Fixed display the extincted magnitudes for all objects
  • Fixed reading textures (GH: #1547)
  • Fixed alignment of an intercardinal direction markers (GH: #1552)
  • Fixed work of multisampling mode when in Spout isn’t used (GH: #1537)
  • Fixed visualization zodiacal light at low Bortle values (GH: #1489, #1510)
  • Fixed the drawing a degrees on compass on HiDPI devices
  • Fixed search short phrases (GH: #1528)
  • Fixed orientation of Jupiter, Uranus and Venus (GH: #357)
  • Fixed inexact rotation of Moon (GH: #347)
  • Fixed wrong rendering of Jupiter (GH: #1261)
  • Fixed incorrect moon terminator (GH: #973)
  • Fixed a skybox.ssc script (GH: #1461)
  • Fixed crash when trails are enabled (GH: #1471)
  • Fixed crash when choosing Zero Horizon landscape (GH: #1466)
  • Fixed displaying labels of coordinate grids on HiDPI devices (GH: #1445)
  • Fixed a labeling hour angles (GH: #1457)
  • Fixed API docs
  • Fixed styles of QMessageBox and QColorDialog (GH: #1451)
  • Fixed WUI of Remote Control plugin
  • Fixed HiDPI issue for Observability plugin
  • Fixed the placement of cardinal marks when compass mark is enabled on the HiDPI devices
  • Fixed placement of the value of equation of time for HiDPI devices
  • Fixed crash at exit (GH: #1479)
  • Fixed work of Spout mode: inhibit multisampling when in Spout mode (GH: #1507)
  • Fixed DOI link for “Calendrical Calculations” (GH: #1562, #1566)
  • Fixed missing strings for translation (GH: #1562, #1566)
  • Fixed tooltips and placeholders (GH: #1562, #1566)
  • Fixed comments for translators (GH: #1562, #1566)
  • Fixed updating placement of calendars when visibility of calendars are changed (GH: #1567)
  • Fixed artifacts in the GUI when language is changed
  • Fixed images and typos in Stellarium User Guide
  • Fixed bibliography in Stellarium User Guide
  • Fixed the figure of Virgo constellation (GH: #1570)
  • Fixed stupid typos in satellites.json file
  • Fixed illumination during Lunar eclipse in Scenery 3D plugin (GH: #1506)
  • Fixed behavior “Clear” button in Script Console (GH: #1499)
  • Fixed lunar magnitude: try an accurate Lunar magnitude formula (GH: #1350)
  • Fixed lunar eclipses: redo the eclipse push effect for lunar eclipses
  • Fixed behavior of Bookmarks tool when pressed button “cancel” in import dialog (GH: #1497)
  • Fixed Mesa mode for Windows (GH: #1551)
  • Fixed multisampling on non-Windows systems (GH: #1553)
  • Fixed typos in Al-Sufi skyculture
  • Fixed bug for calculation the leap years: restore leap year rule in our astronomical year counting
  • Updated translations
  • Updated translations of landscapes descriptions
  • Updated translations of 3D sceneries descriptions
  • Updated translations of skycultures descriptions
  • Updated AstroCalc/Phenomena tool (GH: #1520)
  • Updated planetary features data
  • Updated building instructions for Windows (GH: #1444)
  • Updated core: slight restructuring of Planets, Comets, MinorPlanets, SolarSystem loader
  • Updated core: using data from WGCCRE reports 2009, 2015 and Explanatory Supplement to the AA 2013 (with error fixed by the 1992 ed.) for rotation elements
  • Updated core: keeps original Stellarium planet rotation model (undocumented) where new rotation elements are unavailable
  • Updated core: make StelToneReproducer’s xyYToRGB.glsl core function reusable (GH: #1468)
  • Updated code of INDI client to version 1.8.5
  • Updated code for building Stellarium without NLS and Scripting support
  • Updated GUI (GH: #1204)
  • Updated Satellites plugin
  • Updated default satellites database
  • Updated GUI of Navigational stars plugin
  • Updated default pulsars catalog
  • Updated description of supernovae plugin (GH: #500)
  • Updated description of calendars plugin in Stellarium User Guide
  • Removed proper name for NGC 2194 (GH: #1530)
  • Removed Arabic skyculture: Arabic SC was replaced by more accurate “al-Sufi” skyculture

Changes in Stellarium 0.20.4:

  • Added Balinese Pawukon calendar into Calendars plugin
  • Added notes on polygonal landscapes (technical restrictions) (GH: #1397)
  • Added Calendars plugin (GH: #1343)
  • Added configurable values for quick FOV tool (GH: #1391)
  • Added new zoom algorithm (GH: #1415, #529)
  • Added compass marks into core of planetarium
  • Added ability to hide cardinal and compass buttons from the GUI
  • Added missing time zone America/Godthab
  • Added few DSO textures (GH: #1402, #1441)
  • Added Galactic Center and Anticenter points
  • Added a config option to use multisampling for rendering “Planet”s (GH: #1388)
  • Added landers from the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program into list of locations
  • Added on-screen controls for OAG in Oculars plugin (GH: #935)
  • Added table view of exoplanets (GH: #1141)
  • Added show angular distance between the moon and host planet (GH: #1372)
  • Added classical cepheids filter for AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Added Algol-type eclipsing systems filter for AstroCalc/WUT tool (GH: #1355)
  • Added ability to toggle to using decimal degrees for various navigational data through follow the option “Use decimal degrees” in the main GUI
  • Added script with shortcut, which add ability to jump to random location for celestial navigation game and practice
  • Added support flip commands into Scripting Engine
  • Added new language: Central Atlas Tamazight
  • Added comet icon for ephemeris points plotting for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Added script skybox.ssc into list of translatable scripts (GH: #1335)
  • Added config option to hide selection markers (default: viewing/flag_show_selection_marker = true) (GH: #1321)
  • Added export list of objects as Stellarium bookmarks into AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Added support capital Greek chars in Search Tool (GH: #1282)
  • Added some discoverer’s original designation for double stars as their scientific designations (GH: #1282)
  • Added option to hide unlabelled ephemeris markers (GH: #1315)
  • Added ability to run the silent uninstall Stellarium in Windows
  • Added ability use decimals value for ephemeris steps in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool (GH: #1289)
  • Added “No” default for deletion confirmation warning (GH: #1292)
  • Added ability to toggle show extra decimals in the navigational info (GH: #1303)
  • Added tool for build an AppImage package (GH: #1288)
  • Added ability for following an option ‘‘Use decimal degrees” for longitude and latitude in Location dialog to define format of data (GH: #1416)
  • Fixed collision calendars panel with bottom button bar (GH: #1422)
  • Fixed zooming to FOV when duration is zero (GH: #1430)
  • Fixed designations for star HIP 62819 (GH: #1432)
  • Fixed crash when attempting to add a sensor (GH: #1407, #1403)
  • Fixed UMa figure in S&T skyculture (GH: #1414)
  • Fixed typos in Chinese skyculture (GH: #1413)
  • Fixed text for meteor showers plugin (GH: #1387)
  • Fixed the visual style of color chooser (GH: #1395)
  • Fixed GUI of AstroCalc/Positions tool
  • Fixed error in GUI of AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Fixed errors in documents for scripting engine
  • Fixed typos and errors in various sky cultures
  • Fixed running scripting method core.quitStellarium(); (GH: #1363)
  • Fixed the location of Dunsink Observatory (GH: #1370)
  • Fixed rendering orbits with undefined period
  • Fixed orbital elements for comet Halley (1986) in the default ssystem_minor.ini file
  • Fixed typos in skycultures
  • Fixed odd cyclic behaviour of HiPS (GH: #1323)
  • Fixed odd survey interaction (GH: #1314)
  • Fixed crash when reference.fab file has wrong format
  • Fixed closing various dialogs (fix #1305, #1338)
  • Fixed sorting issue in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool
  • Fixed search stars by designations (u Her and U Her are different stars!) (GH: #1282)
  • Fixed adding extra designations for stars, who already has Bayer and Flamsteed designations (GH: #1282)
  • Fixed sorting stars by their designations (partially) (GH: #1282)
  • Fixed selecting invisible stars (GH: #1331)
  • Fixed switch to native planet names when skyculture is changed in Location dialog (GH: #1203)
  • Fixed installing star names for Western (O.Hlad) skyculture (GH: #1170)
  • Fixed typecast: avoiding of jumping the markers of exoplanets and pulsars (GH: #1286)
  • Fixed handling custom shortcuts and few spell-check fixes
  • Fixed GUI issue in Observability plugin
  • Fixed inconsistency of NGC/IC list in AstroCalc/WUT tool (GH: #1310)
  • Fixed filling version info for Windows installer
  • Fixed installer for Windows
  • Fixed translatable string for Icelandic calendar
  • Fixed Puppis constellation lines in S&T skyculture (GH: #1438)
  • Fixed Mensa and Microscopium in S&T skyculture (GH: #1440)
  • Changed rendering planets: improve planets’ halos size in relation to stars’ (GH: #1361, #367)
  • Changed rendering of orbits in Satellites plugin: Hide invisible part of orbits when “hide invisible artificial sats” option is enabled
  • Changed GUI behavior: Enlarged maximum dialog size (GH: #1318)
  • Changed versioning scheme of Stellarium
  • Changed few DSO textures: reduce the size of some texture files (GH: #1442)
  • Updated Stellarium User Guide (GH: #1334)
  • Updated DSO catalog (v3.12)
  • Updated GUI of Calendars plugin
  • Updated GUI: refactored block “Additional buttons”
  • Updated description of Chinese skyculture (GH: #1410)
  • Updated Bengali descriptions for landscapes and skycultures (GH: #1380)
  • Updated nomenclature data
  • Updated few DSO outlines (GH: #1368)
  • Updated initial time steps for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool (GH: #372)
  • Updated Solar System Editor pluign: improve docs + added confirmation dialog (GH: #1304)
  • Updated DSO names
  • Updated upper limit for font size
  • Updated GUI of AstroCalc tools
  • Updated Exoplanets plugin: added extra info
  • Updated Satellites plugin: cosmetic improvement the handling the visibility of satellites by their groups
  • Removed Compass Marks plugin
  • Removed the XPM version of the app icon (GH: #1384)
  • Removed dead links from skycultures
  • Removed support of shortcuts from AstroCalc tools

Changes in Stellarium 0.20.3:

  • Fixed nutation and, with it, season beginning times
  • Many changes in AstroCalc tool and core of Stellarium
  • Many changes in Oculars and Satellites plugins
  • Updated DSO catalog

Changes in Stellarium 0.20.2:

  • Many changes in AstroCalc tool and core of Stellarium
  • Many changes in scripting engline and Script Console
  • Many changes in Oculars and Satellites plugins
  • Updated DSO catalog

Changes in Stellarium 0.20.1:

  • Added new language – Luxembourgish (lb)
  • Added proper properties for Angle Measure plugin
  • Added configurable colors for Angle Measure plugin
  • Added GUI adaptations for Angle Measure plugin
  • Added evaluates scripts in individual context (Scripting Engine)
  • Added new planetary nomenclature
  • Added use properties in Satellites plugin
  • Added overloaded Labeling functions with colors specified as Vec3f (Scripting Engine)
  • Added display proper file paths and line numbers on script errors (Scripting Engine)
  • Added test for low precision hms time conversion function (GH: #1043)
  • Added spiky stars option
  • Added checkbox to the option settings in Script Console to clear the output text before a script is run
  • Added implementation of telescope syncing in INDI client (GH: #1048)
  • Added dirty flag, set by signal from QTextEdit (Script Console)
  • Added code to set TAB stop width at 4 characters (Script Console)
  • Added code to avoid losing names after Cancel in some QFileDialog (Script Console)
  • Added implementation of FSM to tranfer properly between dirty/filename states on load, save, clear, edit, expand actions (Script Console)
  • Added special case Catalogs/Other in GUI for objects without identifier (DSO Catalog v3.9)
  • Added Oculus plugin (disabled by default; GH: #1056)
  • Fixed ANGLE support for Windows package (GH: #1035, #1034)
  • Fixed keyboard navigation in Oculars plugin (GH: #1036)
  • Fixed Russian translation for Windows installer
  • Fixed data blunder: severely wrong slope for upcoming comet (GH: #1033)
  • Fixed flipping galactic/Supergalactic labels on Southern hemisphere (GH: #1028)
  • Fixed translations ‘Set FOV to XXX degrees’ when language is changed
  • Fixed possible segfault in SolarSystem class
  • Fixed building Stellarium without scripting
  • Fixed (restored) fading switch effect in Satellites plugin
  • Fixed (inverted) realistic/iconic mode labeling in Satellites plugin
  • Fixed (renamed) properties to better follow conventions in Satellites plugin
  • Fixed visualization mode in Satellites plugin
  • Fixed time conversion for low precision form (GH: #1042)
  • Fixed jerking an animation of movement of Solar system bodies (GH: #1041)
  • Fixed name for SH2-308 (DSO Catalog v3.9)
  • Fixed filter properly objects by catalogs (DSO Catalog v3.9; GH: #1052)
  • Fixed few wrong objects in DSO catalog (DSO Catalog v3.9)
  • Fixed WUI of Remote Control plugin
  • Updated fix for ghost comet in ortographic projection issue (GH: #389)
  • Updated list of contributors
  • Updated code: simplified RegExp results handling
  • Changed Vec3f& to Vec3f asreturn type for functions called from scripts in some classes (Scripting Engine)
  • Re-implement getDecAngle, fixing some inconsistencies (GH: #1051)
  • Removed Abell planetary nebulae catalog (DSO Catalog v3.9)

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System Requirements:


  • Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; Mac OS X 10.12.0 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.3
  • 512 MiB RAM
  • 250 MiB on disk
  • keyboard


  • Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; Mac OS X 10.12.0 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.3 and above
  • 1 GiB RAM or more
  • 1.5 GiB on disk
  • keyboard

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3 Comments on Stellarium 0.21.0 – Update for Windows

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    Did you notice: Windows 64 bit contains an incorrect link!

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    Yeah I noticed that also, hehe hey, its free, im not complaining. :)

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    The MAC file is Windows and the Windows is for MAC!!!