Another major release for the popular open source planetarium was made available today, bringing huge improvements that will excite the fans of this useful application.
Improvements, bug fixes and lots of new features additions contribute to the Stellarium’s next major step in the mission to help people discover and understand the night skies.
- New rendering engine
Saturn’s shadow is now shown correctly as shadowing has been finally implemented!
- Keybindings are now editable
- Scripting for plugins has been enabled
- Many transpeptunian objects have been added. These include: Dysnomia (moon of Eris), Makemake, Haumea and its moons, Namaka and Hiʻiaka, Sedna, Orcus and its moon Vanth, Quaoar and its moon Weywot, and Varuna
- The Indian city Pune was added in the available pre-set locations
- DeltaT and lunar acceleration computation is now possible, allowing the more precise calculation of eclipses etc
- New textures for deep sky objects were created making things look more beautiful from a closer view
The Orion nebula as seen from the ocular plugin
- Phase, elongation and distance features were added in the scripting engine
- The exoplanet plugin that was introduced in the previous version has received viewing distribution abilities
- Addition of the ability to set the values Right Ascension and Declination on the telescope plugin
- Improvements in non-Western constellation boundaries
- Improvements in the search tool
- Galactic and ecliptic coordinate grids are now available
Green – Galactic, Red – Ecliptic
Apart from the above goodies, a lot of annoying bugs were fixed in 0.12 release. Here is a list of the most important:
- Clang Wself-assign warning during build process on some platforms
- Bugs in Observability plugin
- Bugs in TUI plugin
- Bugs in Satellites plugin
- Bugs in Compass plugin
- Bugs in scripting engine
- Font corruption bugs
- Screen flashing in fullscreen mode
- Lost nebula images
- Bugs in Night Vision mode
- Bugs in GUI and Core
One of the best open source projects has just become better, so go grab it, set your coordinates and have fun exploring your sky.
Ubuntu (Precise, Quantal and Raring) users can get the latest version by adding the corresponding repository to their system. To do this, type the following commands on a terminal:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install stellarium