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Stellarium 0.12 released with new rendering engine!

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New additions:

  • New rendering engine

Screenshot from 2013-02-01 15:59:38

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

Screenshot from 2013-02-01 15:45:38

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

Screenshot from 2013-02-01 16:25:41

Green – Galactic, Red – Ecliptic

Bug Fixes

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
  • Crashes

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

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