FOSS Friday: Stellarium
It's FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) Friday!
Night sky watching is something that is so much better in rural areas. We are able to see so much more because we have far less light pollution than urban areas. Walking into an open field at night can be an awe inspiring experience.
But, not all of us are astronomers. I can't tell Polaris from Capella. I'm lucky if I can spot the planets. Thankfully, there's an app for that!
Stellarium has been around since 2001 and is available on about as many platforms as possible. It's "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."
Stellarium is also available online for people who want to test it out before they download the software.
It's an awesome work of cooperation and one of the best examples of FOSS out there. Anyone who can imagine a use for the the Stellarium software code is free to join the project development or use it to develop it on their own or for others.
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