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Celestia
Celestia
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(92 votes)
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Celestia is a really nice tool that lets you explore the Universe as it provides real-time 3D visualization of space. Celestia is impressively comprehensive as it is based on the Hipparcos Catalogue (the result of the European Space Agency's "astrometric" mission from November 1989 to March 1993) and therefore contains more than 100,000 stars.

Asynx Planetarium
Asynx Planetarium
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(10 votes)
Freeware

Asynx Planetarium is a easy to use planetarium program and solar system simulator. It can display the night sky from any location on earth and between the year 1760 and 9999. Perfect for students, kids and astronomy beginners. Try it, it's free !

TheSkyX First Light Edition
TheSkyX First Light Edition
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(8 votes)
Commercial

TheSkyX Professional will get you charged up about your passion. Explore, engage, enjoy while getting the most from your observing sessions.rnTheSkyX Professional Edition runs lightning fast on your favorite operating system. With optional TPoint telescope pointing analysis add-on, your can improve your telescope's pointing accuracy just like professional observatories.

CyberSky
CyberSky
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(8 votes)
Shareware

CyberSky is a planetarium program to learn about astronomy and explore the sky. You can explore the visible sky and stars in distant past, the present, and the far-off future. It can also display and print highly-customizable maps of the sky as seen from your home.

ASCOM Platform
ASCOM Platform
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(15 votes)
Freeware

ASCOM Platform is a free-to-use astronomy application for Windows OS. ASCOM is many-to-many and language-independent architecture, supported by most astronomy devices which connect to Windows computers. The diagram below shows how ASCOM differs from traditional astronomy instrument control architecture.

Starry Night Pro Plus
Starry Night Pro Plus
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(5 votes)
Commercial

Let Starry Night Pro Plus guide you from your backyard through unimaginable distances in space and time. Whether you are a novice, an enthusiast or a professional, Starry Night will allow you to experience the elegance of the Universe in a brand new way.

StarCalc
StarCalc
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(3 votes)
Freeware

This software tool is a professional astronomy planetarium and star mapping program specially designed for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP. StarCalc illustrates the star positions at any instance of the day as observed from any geographic location on Earth. The star positions can be viewed and presented as images in a hemispherical whole sky or in any of the user-defined sub-areas.

Starry Night Enthusiast
Starry Night Enthusiast
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(2 votes)
Commercial

Starry Night Enthusiast gives you the freedom and resources to explore the night sky on your computer or with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars. The application features exoplanets modelled as 3D bodies with proper location, size, orbit and planetary textures and an Universal Search function to explore the universe.

RedShift
RedShift
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(0 votes)
Commercial

Designed for both the beginner and the experienced astronomy enthusiast, Redshift contains the most up to date technology and information. From basic information, pictures and video up to telescope control in our Premium version, Redshift is ideal for your in the field observation. If you are a current owner, you can easily upgrade your older version for great prices.

SkyMap Pro
SkyMap Pro
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(5 votes)
Shareware

SkyMap Pro is a CD-ROM planetarium and star-charting program for Microsoft Windows 98 or later. Written by astronomers, for astronomers. SkyMap Pro is equally suited for use by both the casual "star gazer" and the serious amateur or professional astronomer, although its feature list will appeal especially to the more "advanced" user.

Solar Fire
Solar Fire
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(9 votes)
Commercial

SOLAR FIRE is a program designed for astrologers that provides a variety of high-precision astrological calculations. It includes features such as natal, progression, directed, any planet or asteroid return, pre-natal, rising/setting, lunar phase, locality, heliocentric, composite, harmonic and harmonic arc transform charts.

HNSKY
HNSKY
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(10 votes)
Freeware

Hallo Northern Sky, or HNSKY for short, is a planetarium software tool capable of displaying stars up to magnitude 16 in high-quality graphics. With extensive databases containing data on comets, asteroids, 30,000 deep sky objects and 4.5 million stars, this free application is fully compatible with any telescope connected to an ASCOM-compliant interface.

Moon Phase Calculator
Moon Phase Calculator
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Shareware

Moon Phase Calculator is a tiny but useful application that allows you to calculate the phase of the moon at any time: past, present or future. It also has the ability to show the next or previous new moon, full moon or quarters. The program features a very small but practical user interface which shows you the state of the moon in any of the two hemispheres.

QuickPhase Pro
QuickPhase Pro
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(2 votes)
Commercial

QuickPhase Pro gives comprehensive moon phase information, but is still incredibly simple to use. Simply pick a date and time and QuickPhase Pro will calculate moon information for that date instantly. Enter another date or click a button and instantly generate a calendar for that month.

StarStrider
StarStrider
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StarStrider is a software planetarium that utilizes the latest in 3D-technology in order to show you not only the planets and satellites of our solar system, but also galaxies, nebulas, and hundreds of thousand of stars - in real-time 3D.

GravitySimulator
GravitySimulator
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Freeware

Gravity Simulator is a simulation software package for amateur astronomers, which helps them to observe and study the universe. With the help of this software you can re-create the simulations carried out by professional astronomers. The features of the Gravity simulation software help you to study the orbits of planets, moons, asteroids, etc. by performing the n-body simulation.

Nebulosity
Nebulosity
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Shareware

Nebulosity is a simple-to-use capture and processing application for Windows. Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field.

Alcyone Astronomical Tables
Alcyone Astronomical Tables
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Alcyone Astronomical Tables is an application that is intended for real fans of astronomy. It is designed for those who have some knowledge on this subject, preferably for experienced researchers. This utility provides detailed information on various aspects related to the Moon, the Sun, and other Planets of the Solar System.

PreviSat
PreviSat
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(2 votes)
Open source

PreviSat is a satellite tracking program designed for observing purposes. It shows positions of artificial satellites in real-time or manual mode. The program is able to make predictions of their passes and also predictions of Iridium flares. Also, it shows satellites in a world map view or in a sky map view and is able to calculate all passes of satellites for any location in the world.

Envisage
Envisage
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Freeware

Envisage is the Meade's Deep Sky Imager (DSI) series camera control and basic image processing software. Main features: - Multiple Imager Operation (A 2Ghz machine with 512 MB of memory can easily run 3 DSI’s) - Change Stretch on Completed Images (When an image is completed you can now alter the histogram stretch values and save them in the final image.)

Aciqra
Aciqra
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(6 votes)
Open source

Aciqra is an open source virtual sky map and planetarium which tracks and displays astronomical bodies including planets, nebulae and stars to an accuracy of a fraction of a degree for thousands of years into both the future and the past. You can tracking all 8 planets, the Sun, Moon and Galilean satellites and it calculates details including position, brightness, rise, set and transit times.

FITS Liberator
FITS Liberator
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(1 vote)
Freeware

The new FITS Liberator incorporates a faster and more streamlined workflow. The CPU-intensive calculations have been optimised, thanks to significantly improved memory management, and this allows for time savings of up to 35%. For large images the savings in efficiency are even more pronounced, also thanks to a delayed application of stretch functions.

CLEA Exercise - The Classification of Stellar Spectra

This exercise incorporates two separate but interrelated features: a set of tools that enables students to view digital spectra and compare them with standard spectra from an atlas of representative types; a simulated telescope that enables students to obtain spectra of unknown stars using a photon-counting spectrograph.

TheSky6
TheSky6
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TheSky6 6.0 is an Astronomy program used in observatories and classrooms. By using its built in databases, loaded with celestial information, this program is able to offer a visual observation guide or transform into a turn-key telescope control center. TheSky6 displays the sky in your monitor, and you will be able to watch the stars, constellations and planets.

RedShift Planetarium
RedShift Planetarium
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The Redshift Planetarium 5.0 is a software simulation program that models outer space and offers users a virtual planetarium that will guide and teach them astronomy. Users are provided wiht this program on CD-Roms and its graphic Windows’ style interface presents a familiar interface experience for them.