|Stable release||2.0.0 / August 2010|
|Operating system||Unix-like, Windows, OS X|
|License||GNU General Public License|
KStars is a planetarium program using the KDE Platform. It can be used on most Unix-like computer operating systems, as well as on the Microsoft Windows platform using 'KDE for Windows'. It provides an accurate graphical representation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes up to 100 million stars (with additional addons), 13,000 deep sky objects, constellations from different cultures, all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets and asteroids. It has features to appeal to users of all levels, from informative hypertext articles about astronomy, to robust control of telescopes and CCD cameras, and logging of observations of specific objects.
KStars has been packaged by many Linux/BSD distributions, including Red Hat Linux, openSUSE, Mandriva Linux, and Debian GNU/Linux. Some distributions package KStars as a separate application, some just provide a kdeedu package, which includes KStars. KStars is distributed with the KDE Software Compilation as part of the kdeedu "Edutainment" module.
It has been identified as one of the three best "Linux stargazing apps" in a Linux.com review.
- Cartes du Ciel
- Digital Universe Atlas
- Google Mars
- Google Moon
- Google Sky
- Hallo Northern Sky (HN Sky)
- NASA World Wind
- Starry Night
- Universe Sandbox
- WorldWide Telescope
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