Sep 152008

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.


* default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
* extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
* asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
* constellations for ten different cultures
* images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
* realistic Milky Way
* very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
* the planets and their satellites


* a powerful zoom
* time control
* multilingual interface
* scripting to record and play your own shows
* fisheye projection for planetarium domes
* spheric mirror projection for your own dome
* graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
* telescope control


* equatorial and azimuthal grids
* star twinkling
* shooting stars
* eclipse simulation
* skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection


* add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…

Install Stellarium

To install Stellarium on your openSUSE, click one of the following 1-click installer (YaST MetaPackages) based on your openSUSE version. This will automatically download the YMP file and launch YaST Package Manager.

openSUSE 11.0
1-click install for Stellarium

openSUSE 10.3

1-click install for Stellarium

openSUSE 10.2

1-click install for Stellarium

NOTE: Click here to enable 1-click install feature in openSUSE 10.2

Click Next in the page showing Repository selected and then click Next on the page showing Celestia package selection and click Next again on the installation proposal window. This will start adding the required repositories and install the Celestia package and the required dependencies. Click Finish when the successfully installed on your openSUSE.

Add repositories Package selection

install proposal successful install

Once installed, Stellarium is found under “Applications – Edutainment” as “Planetarium in your computer“.

Stellarium in menu

Click “Planetarium in your computer” to start Stellarium.

Stellarium starts Stellarium home

This starts your whole new experience of your planets. The viewable options can be found under the bottom of the screen as icons. On the bottom right, you have the time settings.

Stellarium settings

Use your mouse to get a 3D view by dragging and clicking buttons on your mouse.

Following are some of the screenshots from Stellarium.

Stellarium earth view Moon


For more details from the project homepage, click here