Stellarium is a free open source 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.

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Stellarium is a free open-source program simulating a planetarium, available for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Its features, among these important, are e.g. a default catalogue of over 600,000 stars (and an extra catalogue with more than 210 million stars), planets and their satellites, a powerful zoom, time control, multilingual interface, telescope control, various visualisation options, customisability ASO.

0.10 new interface Constellations
Star catalogues Constellation art turned on
Starlore tab View from Mars
A dance of stars above ESO HQs Object search engine

When you are a bit tired of entertainment industry programs (commonly knows as games ;-)), you can take a glance at Stellarium.

The official site: Stellarium.org
SourceForge site: Sourceforge.net

You can also download it here:
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Windows version of an open-source planetarium. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Stellarium Linux (source)

Stellarium Linux (source)

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Linux version of an open-source planetarium. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Stellarium Mac OS X

Stellarium Mac OS X

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Mac OS X version of an open-source planetarium. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

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Mortlestiltskin
Mortlestiltskin

such useful software for amateur observers ;)

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Bolognius_Maximus
Bolognius_Maximus

I remember this from like a year ago, such a awesome piece of software! Ever thought of incorperating this into google earth? Just a thought...

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Sp0rk
Sp0rk

Well this is awesome.
Is it possible to view the sky from coordinates in Australia?
I live in the light polluted suburbs of Melbourne but I occasionally get to go into rural areas; I just think it would be cool if I went camping and I could be a smartass in front of my friends when I've already memorized star constellations.

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feillyne StaffSubscriber
feillyne

F6 key to set up coordinates. :-)

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YanDaik
YanDaik

have this one on my pc :) cool stuff.

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