Search window [F3]

Search window facilitates the search of stars, solar system bodies and other deep space objects. You can perform the search in different ways.

Search by object name

You can perform the search by the object name. When you start typing, Stellarium will list matching objects. If you stop typing and hit Enter, the first object in the list will be selected. You can go through the list by the Down and Up arrows, the bold type object will be selected when you hit Enter. if the object is found, it will be centered in the screen. The object may be below the horizon. In this case, hide the ground by the key [G] to reveal the object.

- If you type c the list will be like: Cambell's star, Canopus, Capella, Caph, Castor. Either narrow your search by typing more letters or select one from the list using the up or down arrow and hitting Enter.

- You can enter the object name by its Bayer designation which is a greek letter followed by a three letter abbreviation of the constellation name. Polaris in Bayer designation is α UMi (Alpha Ursa Minor)

- You can search by HIPPARCOS catalog number. HIP 91262 is the star Vega.

- You can search for a deep space object using its name or its NGC or Messier number. The Andromeda galaxy is NGC 224 or M31 or Great Nebula in Andromeda.

- You can search for constellations by their names. The constellations searched are the ones included in the selected sky culture. Andromeda constellation will not be found if you're using the Chinese sky culture.

- If the historical supernovae plugin is loaded, you can search for a supernova using the prefix SN and the year of the supernova. A list of supernovae is in the description of the Supernovae plugin under the Plugins tab in the configuration window.

When you find the supernova, set the date including the day and the month as found in the description to see a simulation of it. For example SN 1604A is in October 8th 1604 AD

- You can search for a satellite if the satellite plugin is loaded. ISS is International Space Station.

Search by object position

You can search for a position. Enter the Declination and Right Ascension (J2000) and the position will be centered in the display.

Search options

You can also search for objects not in Stellarium database. The search can extend to SIMBAD database. For example, Alathfar is a star name not included in Stellarium database, but the search will find it in SIMBAD and position its location in the center of the display. Currently the found object is not marked. 

For SIMBAD search, you have to be connected to the internet. In the options you can select a SIMBAD server in France or the US.

Search dependency on starlore

Note that the search will find only constellation names and star names that are associated with the starlore selected. For example, if you selected the Chinese starlore, the search will not find Western constellation names.