Leave a comment

Free program to see the night stars

Free program to see the night stars
photo courtesy of SHUTTERSTOCK

"Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight."

If you live in a big city like I do, you might be wishing just to see any star at all.

That's because big cities like Phoenix suffer from light pollution. At night, the electric lights and air particulates can make most stars invisible to the naked eye.

Even if you live in a pristine wilderness, there are stars the human eye can't see. That's why it's fun to visit planetariums - you can see the heavens without any restrictions.

But you don't have to load everyone up in the car to see a stellar star light show. Now you can have a planetarium in your home with Stellarium.

This free stargazing program lets you view the night sky from any location on Earth. Its database has more than 600,000 stars, plus you can download extra catalogs with hundreds of millions more.

To explore, use your mouse or arrow keys to navigate around the sky. You can even zoom to view more detail.

There are tons of extra features like grids, constellation diagrams and simulations of eclipses. Don't forget shooting stars and supernovas.

Unlike some other planetarium software, this program strives to mimic a real-life viewing of the night sky. It simulates sunrise and sunset, atmospheric effects and more.

The best part? Stellarium is free, it installs easily, and it works on most major operating systems.

Next page: Keep going to get the Download Link and Instructions. 
Fix blurry photos like magic
Previous Downloads

Fix blurry photos like magic

Old versions of programs free for the taking
Next Downloads

Old versions of programs free for the taking

View Comments ()