OSA Full List

The Software Names are preceded with a number which categorizes the names into relevant groups.
The number 1 stands for Planetarium programs & Sky simulators.
The number 2 stands for Solar System, Lunar & Earth simulators.
The number 3 stands for Image Processing & Telescope controlling software.
The number 4 stands for data retrieval programs from data archives.
The number 5 stands for a collection of on line documents & programs.
The number 6 stands for observation planners & logging software.

Moreover, it is suggested that you sort the list either using the "Software Name" or the "Recommendation" column as appropriate for ease of use.

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Software NameDeveloper(s)DescriptionHomepageOperating SystemLicenseRecommendation
Software NameDeveloper(s)DescriptionHomepageOperating SystemLicenseRecommendation
2 Google Moon Google Inc. A map of the Moon similar to Google Maps. Google Moon homepage Any OS (web based) Copyright (C) Google Inc. 5 stars 
2 Google Mars Google Inc. A map of Mars similar to Google Maps. Google Mars homepage Any OS (web based) Copyright (C) Google Inc. 5 stars 
1 Stellarium Fabien Chéreau A 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. Stellarium homepage Linux | Windows | Mac GNU General Public License (GPL) 5 stars 
1 Google Sky Google Inc. A online Sky & Space simulator based on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images.  Google Sky homepage Any OS (web based) Copyright (C) Google Inc. 5 stars 
1 Cartes du Ciel Patrick Chevalley Basic astronomical planetarium. Enables you to draw sky charts The purpose of this program is to prepare different sky maps for a particular observation. Previous homepage (stable releases for Windows only): http://www.stargazing.net/astropc/ Cartes du Ciel homepage (new) Linux (v.3) | Windows | Mac GNU General Public License (GPL) 4 stars 
1 WorldWide Telescope Curtis Wong & Jonathan Fay Created by Microsoft running under either a Microsoft Windows client or a new cross platform web client based on Silverlight which allows its users to view outer space. Users are able to pan around outer space and zoom as far into any one area as the data will allow. Images are taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and approximately ten earth-bound telescopes. It is possible to view the sky in many wavelengths of light. The software utilizes Microsoft's Visual Experience Engine technologies to function. WWT homepage Windows | Mac (web based) Freeware 4 stars 
5 Fourmilab Switzerland John Walker Not to be mistaken with "Fermilab". It contains a variety of documents, images, software for various machines, and interactive Web resources on several topics including space & astronomy. Fourmilab Switzerland homepage Depends on applet or software chosen. Some are multi or cross-platform. Except for a few clearly-marked exceptions, all the material on this site is in the public domain. 4 stars 
1 Celestia Chris Laurel Celestia provides photo-realistic, real-time, three-dimensional viewing of the solar system, the galaxy and the universe. It is an easy to use software package which has become a valuable tool for astronomy education. Used in homes, schools, museums and planetariums around the world. Celestia homepage Linux | Windows | Mac GNU General Public License (GPL) 4 stars 
5 SkyCal John Thorstensen & Brian Casey A selection of Astronomical Tools: Skycalendar, SkyCal, Moon Phase, Astro Sky Calender, Daily Almanac, Hourly Airmass Tables, Object Seasonal Observability & Planetary Positions. SkyCal Any OS - Requires the latest web browser only. NA 4 stars 
1 KStars KDE developers A Desktop Planetarium for KDE. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes upto 100 million stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets and asteroids. KStars homepage Unix | Linux GNU General Public License (GPL) 4 stars 
1 HNSKY - Hallo Northern Sky Han Kleijn Basic planetarium with GoTo & ASCOM capabilities. No installtion needed HNSKY homepage Windows Freeware 3 stars 
1 Flash Planetarium Nicolas Grégoire  Flash Planetarium homepage Any OS - flash based <Not Listed> 3 stars 
4 Aladin Sky Atlas Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg (CDS) & managed by Pierre Fernique Aladin is an interactive software sky atlas allowing the user to visualize digitized astronomical images, superimpose entries from astronomical catalogues or databases. Aladin is using by professional astronomers for doing their science. Aladin Sky Atlas homepage Cross-Platform Copyright ULP/CNRS  1 star 
1 NightShade Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. Nightshade is free, open source astronomy simulation and visualization software for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science, and related topics. Nightshade is based on the award-winning Stellarium software, but tailored for planetarium and educator use. NightShade Software homepage Linux | Windows | Mac Copyright © 2010 Digitalis Education Solutions, Inc. 1 star 
1 XEphem - Free Version  The Serious Interactive Astronomical Software Ephemeris. The free version is not an executable program or even the complete XEphem support system --prebuilt executables are in the commercial edition. It is a UNIX tar.gz file which should be used to build the running program. XEphem homepage Linux | Mac For Personal Use only. XEphem source code may not be used, in whole or in part, to build other computer programs under any circumstances without prior agreement. You may redistribute XEphem source code only in its entirety and without modification. 1 star 
3 Astrometrica Herbert Raab Astrometrica is a interactive software tool for scientific grade astrometric data reduction of CCD images. Astrometrica homepage Windows Shareware -1 Not Tested 
1 Asynx Asynx GmbH, Fehraltorf, Switzerland Planetarium and Solar System simulator ideal for students & children. Asynx homepage Windows © 2010 Asynx GmbH, Switzerland -1 Not Tested 
5 Freeware from Sky & Telescope Various A short list of useful freeware software. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/resources/software/3304921.html Windows Freeware -1 Not Tested 
1 Digital Universe Atlas (& Partiview) Brian Abbott, Carter Emmart, Steven Marx, Ryan Wyatt An amazing planetarium that has the capacity to visualize space from points outside Earth. Developed under the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium & NASA Digital Universe Atlas homepage Linux | Windows | Mac Illinois Open Source License -1 Not Tested 
3 Montage - Astronomical Image Mosaic Engine IPAC, JPL, CACR & ISI Montage Astronomical Image Mosaic Engine is a software toolkit used in astronomy to assemble astronomical images in Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) format into composite images, called mosaics, that preserve the calibration and positional fidelity of the original input images. http://montage.ipac.caltech.edu/ Linux Free | Opensource (by Caltech & JPL) -1 Not Tested 
2 Universe Sandbox (60 min. trial. pay what you wish & its yours) Dan Dixon Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs. Explore and experiment with our solar system, nearby stars, the Milky Way, and nearby galaxies. Create and destroy on an unimaginable scale while maintaining full control over time and gravity. It's fun, it's easy to use, and it includes a built-in tutorial and activities. Universe Sandbox homepage Windows only 60 minute trial. Pay as much as you wish & you get an individual license. Pay at least $25 & get both an individual license and a pair of 3D glasses -1 Not Tested 
2 NASA World Wind NASA Ames Research Center A virtual globe developed by NASA and the open source community for use on personal computers. The program overlays NASA and USGS satellite imagery, aerial photography, topographic maps and publicly available GIS data on 3D models of the Earth and other planets. NASA World Wind homepage Cross Platform NOSA - NASA Open Source Agreement -1 Not Tested 
3 ImajeJ Wayne Rasband Java-based image processing & analysis program developed at the National Institutes of Health, USA. Although developed for medical purposes, but it suites other uses like astronomical uses. Plugin project page: http://ij-plugins.sourceforge.net/ ImageJ homepage Linux | Windows | Mac Public Domain 0 Under Testing 
6 AstroPlanner (AP) AstroPlanner is a software application for Macintosh and Windows computers that facilitates astronomical visual observation planning and logging as well as control of numerous popular computerized telescopes. It is designed to enable the observer to set up a list of astronomical objects he/she wishes to observe. One or more observations can then be logged. iLanga, Inc AP homepage Windows | Mac Proprietary of iLanga, Inc 0 Under Testing 
6 Spreadsheet for Variable Star Records Erwin van Ballegoij Enter visual observations and export them in AAVSO or VSNET formats. Data Entry (.xls) Cross Platform (requires a spreadsheet software that reads .xls formats) Free 0 Under Testing 
2 Virtual Moon Atlas Christian Legrand & Patrick Chevalley Free software for Moon observations or surveys.Used in Chandrayaan 1 lunar mission preparation. Recommanded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the french Ministry of National Education. Virtual Moon Atlas homepage GNU General Public License (GPL) Linux | Windows | Mac 0 Under Testing 
6 Observation Manager Dirk Lehmann (LDI) Observation Manager is a free and open logbook for (amateur-) astronomical observations. It's written in pure Java and runs on every plattform supporting Java 1.4 or higher. All logbook entries made in Observation Manager are stored in the free and open OpenAstronomyLog XML Schema. Observation Manager Cross Platform (Jave-based) Open Source 0 Under Testing 
3 GCX Astro-Image Processor Radu Corlan An astronomical camera control and data reduction program. Can be installed from the Linux software package manager. GCX homepage Linux GNU General Public License (GPL) 0 Under Testing 
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