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KStars is a graphical desktop planetarium. It plots the positions of stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets in the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth. The display can be panned and zoomed, and it can even identify and track objects as they move across the sky. KStars is highly configurable, you can control what objects are displayed, and with what colors. Images of any part of the sky can be downloaded from online databases. Our plan is to make KStars an interactive tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky.


User guide available in HTML format from http://kstars.sourceforge.net/handbook/index.html; User guide available as a tarball from http://kstars.sourceforge.net/kstarsdocs.tar.gz


Download version 16.12.0 (stable)
released on 9 December 2016

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey14 December 2001

Leaders and contributors

Jason Harris Maintainer
Alex Mondshain Contributor
Martin Piskernig Contributor
Vincent Jagot Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer VCS Repository Webview http://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=22914
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id-22914&atid=376945
Help Mailing List Info/Archive http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/kstars-announce
Developer Mailing List Info/Archive http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/kstars-devel
Support Mailing List Info/Archive http://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/kstars-users

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use KDE
Required to build kdelibs-devel
Required to build XFree86-devel
Required to build zlib-devel
Required to build libqt2-devel

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 31 December 2016.


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