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Software NameDeveloper(s)DescriptionHomepageOperating System(s)LicenseRecommendation
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 
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 
Night Sky Atlas Gill Couto An interactive "web-based" map of the entire night sky. It allows viewing any part of the sky and creating sky chart images and PDF printouts.  Night Sky Atlas homepage Any OS (Web Based) All data source credits go to their respective authors/maintainers 4 stars 
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 
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 
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 
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): Cartes du Ciel homepage (new) Linux (v.3) | Windows | Mac GNU General Public License (GPL) 4 stars 
Flash Planetarium Nicolas Grégoire  Flash Planetarium homepage Any OS - flash based <Not Listed> 3 stars 
HNSKY - Hallo Northern Sky Han Kleijn Basic planetarium with GoTo & ASCOM capabilities. No installtion needed HNSKY homepage Windows Freeware 3 stars 
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 
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 
VirGO ESO - European Southern Observatory The next generation Visual Browser for the ESO Science Archive Facility developed by the VO Systems Department. It is a plug-in for the popular open source software Stellarium with added capabilities for browsing professional astronomical data. VirGO homepage Linux | Windows | Mac GNU General Public License (GPL) -1 Not Tested 
Asynx Asynx GmbH, Fehraltorf, Switzerland Planetarium and Solar System simulator ideal for students & children. Asynx homepage Windows © 2010 Asynx GmbH, Switzerland -1 Not Tested 
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 Not Tested 
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