Linux News Today: Stellarium 0.14.0 Out Now, Remains the Best Astronomical Observatory Software

Alexander Wolf was happy to announce the release and immediate availability for download of Stellarium 0.14.0 for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows OSes.

Stellarium 0.14.0 comes after six long months of hard work and brings with it a ton of new features and improvements, which keep the open-source application in the first place among astronomical observatory desktop software compatible with all mainstream operating systems.

Prominent features of Stellarium 0.14.0 include support for the IAU2006 model, simplification of the DeltaT’s functionality, which has also been made more intuitive, the addition of a brand-new coordinate system called Ecliptic coordinates of date, as well as support for displaying the planetary positions provided by the VSOP87 solution.

Furthermore, the Nutation has been applied using the IAU2000B solution, which application has been limited to 1500-2500 because no one has observed it without a telescope, and the DSO data collection has been greatly improved with a new GUI (Graphical User Interface) tab that lets users select the catalog or object type, bringing the collection to a total of 15 catalogs.

“The Stellarium development team after 6 months of development is proud to announce the release of version 0.14.0 of Stellarium,” said Alexander Wolf. “Version 0.14.0 brings a big leap forward in astronomical accuracy for historical applications. A huge thanks to our community whose contributions help to make Stellarium better!”

Over 80 bugs have been fixed

In addition to the great new features mentioned above, Stellarium 0.14.0 improves the 3D Sceneries, Meteor Shower, Telescope Control, and Satellites plugins, adds support for switchable labels to Landscapes, allowing users to designate mountain peaks, and makes the OpenGL binding dynamic for the Microsoft Windows platform.

Last but not least, over 80 bugs have been fixed in the new Stellarium release. Download Stellarium 0.14.0 for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems right now from Softpedia, where the software is distributed as binary and source packages for 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures.

Via Softpedia

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