Sources of astronomy freeware and shareware programs
The following are some sites where software of general astronomical interest
for home PCs can be downloaded. Planetarium programs show the night sky
from a particular site, such as your home town; some come with extra
catalogues for fainter stars and other objects. Most of those listed are
Home websites of some astronomy programs
- an excellent, compact, free planetarium program for Win95 or later.
Stellarium is a free download
planetarium program with impressive graphics. Available for Windows, Linux,
Mac OS X.
Alphacentaure - free planetarium program, for Win95 or
free planetarium program, for Win95 or later.
Skycharts / ciel - free, for making starcharts, for Win95 or later.
Planet's Orbits - an
excellent 3-D simulation of the solar system, complete with asteroids, for
Win95 or later. V1.0 is free from this site, from V1.5 it is shareware.
Free "Planet Visibility" program is also available here.
Homeplanet - a free
multifunction program, one of an eclectic collection of astronomy software
and applets on John Walker's website.
Monthly Night Sky Maps
Maybe all you want is to print a starchart for this evening?
Skymaps produce excellent monthly charts
for both the Southern and Northern hemispheres.
Make your own planisphere
Starrylady planisphere for 30 - 35 degrees South, made simply by
printing two jpg images.
v2.0 - program for Win95 or later for designing your own planisphere
planisphere - print from pdf files for a wide range of southern and
More Astronomy Software Links
- descriptions of and links to astronomy freeware and shareware.
Bruton's links - to more astronomy software.