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11 Recommended Open Source Multi-Platform Astronomy Software

There is a huge range of astronomy software available for the major operating systems. Here are 11 awesome open source tools to start you on your astronomical journey.

Astronomy is particularly well suited to the layperson. It is a wonderful hobby which has almost no age limits, it is open to individuals of all financial means, and there is always the potential for an amateur to discover something that has eluded professional astronomers, or to help monitor stars and track asteroids. Even with the unaided eye, there is much observe and record in the night sky including constellations, shooting stars, planets, and of course the moon, the Earth’s only natural satellite.