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Aciqra

Aciqra is an open source virtual planetarium which tracks the locations of planets, the sun and moon along with Earth’s shadow and displays the phases of the moon and planets in realtime. The program also includes several widgets which give … Continue reading

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Rating: 4.7. From 7 votes.
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Stellarium

Stellarium is an open source desktop planetarium for Linux/Unix, Windows and MacOSX. It renders the skies in realtime using OpenGL, which means the skies will look exactly like what you see with your eyes, binoculars, or a small telescope. Stellarium … Continue reading

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Rating: 4.5. From 83 votes.
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Celestia

Celestia is an application for real-time 3D visualization of space, with a detailed model of the solar system, over 100,000 stars, more than 10,000 galaxies, and an extension mechanism for adding more objects. Find Celestia at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/celestia/

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Rating: 4.2. From 61 votes.
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KStars

The Desktop Planetarium for KDE. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes 130,000 stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and … Continue reading

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Rating: 4.0. From 26 votes.
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Starchart – Star mapping software

There is a sky. There are things in the sky. This program draws maps of things in the sky. Find Starchart – Star mapping software at: http://starchart.sourceforge.net/

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Rating: 3.9. From 20 votes.
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GeoVirgil

GeoVirgil is a user friendly Java mapping program to analyze data from NASA’s planetary probes. It reads NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) file format and provides a collection of image processing functions. Find GeoVirgil at: http://www.siliconspaceships.com/GeoVirgil/

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Rating: 3.9. From 10 votes.
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Nova

Nova is a free Integrated Observational Environment for astronomers. It combines an Ephemeris functionality with the capability of controlling modern "goto"Telescopes and popular CCD cameras. Find Nova at: http://nova.sourceforge.net/

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Rating: 3.8. From 21 votes.
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Standard Objects for Astronomy

This website is a collection of links to resources and papers related to the selection of standard objects for astronomical calibration. Find Standard Objects for Astronomy at: http://sofa.astro.utoledo.edu/SOFA/

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Rating: 3.8. From 13 votes.
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Skychart

SkyChart is software to draw a map of the night sky for the amateur astronomer from a bunch of stars and nebulae catalogs. It shows the position of the planets, simulates an eclipse, and shows artificial satellites. It can also … Continue reading

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Rating: 3.4. From 9 votes.
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AIPS

Astronomical Image Processing System. This is the classic system used to reduce radio observations. Find AIPS at: http://www.aoc.nrao.edu/aips/

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Rating: 3.3. From 6 votes.
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