Stellarium is one of the best educational and planetarium applications which shows a 3D simulation of a night sky. The users who love to know about planetary things can use it to learn in-depth knowledge about stars, planet etc.


The major changes of Stellarium 0.18.0 version:

  • Added support Hierarchical Progressive Surveys [HiPS] (Hello visualization of the multiwavelength universe in the Stellarium)
  • Updated and extended AstroCalc tool
  • Added support a Hickson Compact Group collection
  • Updated code and data

See the full changelog

Important Features


  • Default catalog of over 600,000 stars
  • Extra catalogs with more than 177 million stars
  • Default catalog of over 80,000 deep-sky objects
  • Extra catalog with more than 1 million deep-sky objects
  • Asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • Constellations for 20+ different cultures
  • Images of nebulae (full Messier catalog)
  • Realistic Milky Way
  • The very realistic atmosphere, sunrise, and sunset
  • The planets and their satellites



  • A powerful zoom
  • Time control
  • Multilingual interface
  • A¬†fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • Spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • All new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • Telescope control


  • Equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • Star twinkling
  • Shooting stars
  • Tails of Comets
  • Iridium flares simulation
  • Eclipse simulation
  • Supernovae and novae simulation
  • 3D sceneries
  • Skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection
  • Customizability
  • Plugin system adding artificial satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
  • Ability to add new solar system objects from online resources…
  • Add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…


System Requirements


  • Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; Mac OS X 10.11.0 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.3
  • 512 MiB RAM
  • 250 MiB on disk


  • Linux/Unix; Windows 7 and above; Mac OS X 10.11.0 and above
  • 3D graphics card which supports OpenGL 3.3 and above
  • 1 GiB RAM or more
  • 1.5 GiB on disk

How to Install Stellarium on Ubuntu

The official PPA has been build for the Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based derivatives. Follow the below procedure to install it.

  • Add the PPA by running the following command.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases
  • Install it for the first time
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install stellarium
  • Upgrade if installed earlier

Open Software Updater Utility and Install now

How to Uninstall

  • Through System Package Manager or running the command.
sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stellarium
  • How to Remove the PPA

Software & Updates utility >>> Other Software tab

All the information is collected from the Stellarium official site.

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