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Explore the Universe: The Three Best Linux Stargazing Apps

Jul 29, 2011, 15:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

[ Thanks to Carla Schroder for this link. ]

"KStars: KStars is my favorite. It's reasonably lightweight for a planetarium program and doesn't need a super-duper video card or CPU, though the current release includes experimental OpenGL support. It has some KDE dependencies, and KDE4 applications are just like KDE3 applications: they run fine in any Linux graphical environment as long as all of their dependencies are installed.

"KStars supports several databases containing over 140,000 stars, deep-sky objects, comets and asteroids, constellations, and the solar system. When you run it for the first time it asks you to select your city, or a city close to you. Then every time you start KStars it will default to your location. You're not stuck with that, but can quickly select any location on the planet from Settings > Geographic. The 'Add City to List' button seems to suggest that you can create a list of cities to quickly switch to, but alas, this is not so. This button is for adding cities to KStar's list of cities, which are stored in the mycities.dat file in your home directory."

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