Stellarium Changelog

New in version 0.13.3

April 26th, 2015
  • - Added Scenery3D plugin: enable support 3D landscapes
  • - Added ArchaeoLines plugin: a tool for archaeo-/ethnoastronomical alignment studies
  • - Added new DSO catalogs: Barnard (B), Van den Bergh (VdB), Sharpless (Sh 2), H-α emission regions in the Southern Milky Way (RCW), Lynds' Catalogue of Bright Nebulae (LBN), Lynds' Catalogue of Dark Nebulae (LDN), Collinder (Cr) and Melotte (Mel)
  • - Added tiny visual improvements for info about comets and minor planets
  • - Added Hungarian translation for Aztec skyculture
  • - Added Russian translation for Western: H.A. Rey skyculture
  • - Added support of meteors for Windows/MSVC packages
  • - Added patch for multiscreen setups
  • - Added tui/tui_font_color option for change color of text user interface (LP: #1421998)
  • - Added new version of GCVS
  • - Added implementation of polinomial approximation of time period 1620-2013 for DeltaT by M. Khalid, Mariam Sultana and Faheem Zaidi (2014); http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/480964
  • - Added new line on the celestial sphere - opposition/conjunction longitude (LP: #1377606)
  • - Added texture for Ceres (LP: #1271380)
  • - Extended list of proper names for deep-sky objects
  • - Fixed position of Great Red Spot (LP: #490019)
  • - Fixed bug in planet shadow shasder (LP: #1405353)
  • - Fixed flickering Moon problem (LP: #1411958)
  • - Fixed jittering moons (LP: #1416824)
  • - Fixed visibility objects on distance over 50 AU. (LP: #1413381)
  • - Updated the Spherical projection to be HiDPI aware. (LP: #1385367)
  • - Restore unit testing for refraction and extinction. Fixed issue in unit test for DeltaT and fixed small issue for DeltaT.
  • - Fixed issue in core.setObserverLocation (to a new Planet travels always 1 second) (LP: #1414463)
  • - Fixed issue for cursor, who points to a wrong position after orbit update (LP: #1414824)
  • - Fixed ignore the Enter key for online search dialog within Solar System Editor plugin (LP: #1414814)
  • - Fixed package issue for Windows XP (LP: #1414233)
  • - Fixed crash when trying to select a satellite with invalid orbit (LP: #1307357)
  • - Check of updates has been removed (LP: #1414451)
  • - Fixed issues in Search Tool (LP: #1416830)
  • - Fixed code to update ConfigurationDialog size (LP: #995107)
  • - Behavior of JD/MJD has been refactored for Date and Time Dialog (LP: #1417619)
  • - Avoid delaying for the telescope control slew commands over TCP (LP: #1418375)
  • - Avoid crash when clicking 'Lookup locations on network' checkbox in Locations window (Debian: #779046)
  • - Updated bookmarks for Solar System editor plug-in (LP: #1425626)
  • - Allowing display the scope marker below the landscape (LP: #1426441)
  • - Allow fading of the landscapes without atmosphere (LP: #1420741)
  • - Allow change thickness of lines of the constellations (LP: #1028432)

New in version 0.13.2 (January 20th, 2015)

  • This version contains over 70 closed bugs and includes some wishes and new nice features - like visualization of the zodiacal light and new sky cultures.

New in version 0.13.1 (October 19th, 2014)

  • Added: Light layer for old_style landscapes
  • Added: Auto-detect location via network lookup.
  • Added: Seasonal rules for displaying constellations
  • Added: Coordinates can be displayed as decimal degrees (LP: #1106743)
  • Added: Support of multi-touch gestures on Windows 8 (LP: #1165754)
  • Added: FOV on bottom bar can be displayed in DMS rather than fractional degrees (LP: #1361582)
  • Added: Oculars plugins support eyepieces with permanent crosshairs (LP: #1364139)
  • Added: Pointer Coordinates Plugin can displayed not only RA/Dec (J2000.0) (LP: #1365784, #1377995)
  • Added: Angle Measure Plugin can measure positional angles to the horizon now (LP: #1208143)
  • Added: Search tool can search position not only for RA/Dec (J2000.0) (LP: #1358706)
  • Fixed: Galactic plane renamed to correct: Galactic equator (LP: #1367744)
  • Fixed: Speed issues when computing lots of comets (LP: #1350418)
  • Fixed: Spherical mirror distortion work correctly now (LP: #676260, #1338252)
  • Fixed: Location coordinates on the bottom bar displayed correctly now (LP: #1357799)
  • Fixed: Ecliptic coordinates for J2000.0 and grids diplayed correctly now (LP: #1366567, #1369166)
  • Fixed: Rule for select a celestial objects (LP: #1357917)
  • Fixed: Loading extra star catalogs (LP: #1329500, #1379241)
  • Fixed: Creates spurious directory on startup (LP: #1357758)
  • Fixed: Various GUI/rendering improvements (LP: #1380502, #1320065, #1338252, #1096050, #1376550, #1382689)
  • Fixed: "missing disk in drive " (LP: #1371183)

New in version 0.13.0 (July 19th, 2014)

  • New modulated core.
  • Refactored shadows and introducing the normal mapping.
  • Sporadic meteors and meteors has the colors now.
  • Comet tails rendering.
  • New types of landscapes.
  • New translatable strings and new textures.
  • New plugin: Equation of Time - provides solution for Equation of Time.
  • New plugin: Field of View - provides shortcuts for quick changes field of view.
  • New plugin: Navigational Stars - marks 58 navigational stars on the sky.
  • New plugin: Pointer Coordinates - shows the coordinates of the mouse pointer.
  • New plugin: Meteor Showers - provides visualization of meteor showers.
  • New translatable strings and new textures.
  • New version of the Satellites plugin: introduces star-like satellites and bug fixes.
  • New version of the Exoplanets plugin: displaying of the potential habitable exoplanets; improvements for performance and code refactoring.
  • New version of the Angle Measure plugin: displaying of the position angle.
  • New version of the Quasars plugin: improvements for performance; added marker_color parameter.
  • New version of the Pulsars plugin: improvements for performance; display pulsars with glitches; setting color for marker for different types of the pulsars.
  • New versions of the Compass Marks, Oculars, Historical Supernovae, Observability analysis and Bright Novae plugins: bug fixing, code refactoring and improvements.

New in version 0.12.4 (September 28th, 2013)

  • This release contains solution for one serious bug and an one new feature.

New in version 0.12.3 (September 9th, 2013)

  • new plugin - Bright Novae;
  • added intermediate value to ZHR of shooting stars between 80 and 10000 (LP: #1208106);
  • fixed search tool (LP: #1208296, #1211198);
  • fixed behaviour for shortkeys of few plugins (LP: #1208291);
  • fixed Flamsteed designations for few Virgo stars (LP: #1222094);
  • fixed saving Milky Way brightness via GUI (LP: #1220477)

New in version 0.12.2 (August 4th, 2013)

  • New features: variable stars, re-packed star catalogs (Hipparcos and Tycho-2), improvements for plugins, scripting engine and search tool. New version of the Satellites plug-in (0.8.1) with features:
  • automatic adding of new satellites on update from selected update sources; by default, only new naked-eye satellites are auto-added
  • automatic removal of satellites if they are no longer listed in the update sources
  • "user-defined" flag protecting satellites from update/removal
  • satellites can be added to/removed from satellite groups from the GUI
  • custom satellite groups can be defined
  • the default satellite group names and satellite descriptions are translatable
  • A huge thanks to our community whose contributions help to make Stellarium better!
  • We updated the Solar System file and shortcuts file, so if you have an existing Stellarium installation, it is possible that you need to reset the settings after you install the new version.

New in version 0.12.1 (April 22nd, 2013)

  • New features: Caldwell catalog for nebulae, re-packed star catalogs (Hipparcos and Tycho-2), delta-T manager, star magnitude limit control, localization for Windows installer, updates textures of galaxies and nebulae and various small GUI changes. The release has over 30 closed bugs in the core application and plugins.
  • A huge thanks to our community whose contributions help to make Stellarium better!
  • We updated the configuration file and the Solar System file, so if you have an existing Stellarium installation, it is possible that you need to reset the settings after you install the new version.

New in version 0.12.0 (January 31st, 2013)

  • Added:
  • New plugin: Exoplanets
  • New plugin: Observability analysis
  • Get geometric altitude and azimuth for script engine (LP: #1010617)
  • Sky image loading with altitude/azimuth coordinates (LP: #1023548)
  • New hotkey for star name labels (LP: #1032989)
  • Option to activate/deactivate the Nebula Background Images button via GUI (LP: #925247)
  • Return to user set location and landscape (LP: #981507)
  • Display degrees and minutes for FOV of CCD (LP: #998761)
  • Adding all possible satellites (LP: #1006495)
  • Building a Windows x64 packages (LP: #1003041, #1027607)
  • Apply atmosphere effect only on bodies with atmosphere (LP: #971875)
  • Fixed:
  • Various Stellarium freezes and crashed (LP: #1005155, #1030913, #940638, #992267, #1033380, #951967, #1040054)
  • Various plugins issues (LP: #751381, #892027, #1006134, #1040066, #1040085)
  • Various issues for nebulae (LP: #1026021, #744517)
  • Add/subtract one sidereal year jumps wrong amount (LP: #1006208)
  • Various small issues, typos and mistakes (LP: #1022506, #1032469, #1019247, #985204)
  • Various issues in Scripting Engine (LP: #1023934, #1017148, #1017154, #730180)
  • Changed:
  • New tab in the configuration window to control the selected object information.
  • Improvement Night Vision mode
  • Extend list of default scripts

New in version 0.11.3 (May 19th, 2012)

  • Added:
  • ecliptic grid (LP: #834307)
  • world observatories to the locations list (LP: #891643)
  • allow configuration of url for SIMBAD lookups (LP: #948528)
  • opportunity to freely choose the object information to display (LP: #834325)
  • Pluto texture (LP: #906766)
  • Fixed:
  • No objects under horizon (LP: #952532)
  • (MinGW-w64) CMake does not detect Win64 (LP: #951465)
  • (MinGW-w64) Compilation errors (LP: #951405, #951742)
  • Oculars FOV (LP: #971066, #962691)
  • "Galactic Plane" string does not get translated when language is switched (LP: #976515)
  • Use freedesktop specification for Unity quicklists (LP: #959893)
  • Apparent diameter of planets with rings (LP: #960904)
  • Crash [assert] when FOV is small and Quasars or Historical Supernovae plugins is enabled (LP: #961011)
  • Angle Measure plug-in reads the wrong options from the configuration file (LP: #954205)
  • Crash in debug mode on displaying constellation borders (LP: #951967)
  • Star halo "dances" for small Solar System objects (LP: #805810)
  • RTL-languages is not displayed correctly when using gravity labels (LP: #801668)
  • Orbits with close perihelions are not displayed correctly (LP: #640455)
  • Precision of angular diameter lower than intended (LP: #955635)
  • Moons' orbit lines broken by parent planet movement with time (LP: #889712)
  • Invalid user defined location cause Stellarium to crash (LP: #860220)
  • Difficulty to select zoomed in planets and moons (LP: #854374)
  • Altazimutal grid not overlapping equatorial grid when located on poles (LP: #775972)
  • Global key bindings not global (LP: #687288)
  • Screenshot write permission fail (Vista/7) (LP: #568086)
  • Wrong planet phases as seen from more outer planets (LP: #803305)
  • Zoom in/out command sticks (LP: #712112)
  • Importing SSOs causes some strange effects (LP: #969211)
  • Not updated values of dimensions of CCD while changes telescopes (LP: #998726)
  • Gravity labels rendered incorrectly (LP: #998121)
  • Keyboard shortcut for subtract one sidereal year don't works (LP: #997873)

New in version 0.11.2 (March 10th, 2012)

  • One of the main directions of this version is localization:
  • most of the text used by the default plug-ins is now translatable
  • landscape names are now translatable
  • country names are now translatable
  • scripts names and descriptions are now translatable
  • Oculars plug-in:
  • added an optional control panel displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen as an alternative
  • to the pop-up menu that was used to control it in the previous version;
  • overhaul of the pop-up menu, the underlined letters in it can be used as keyboard shortcuts;
  • added the ability to rearrange the items in the lists of oculars, telescopes and sensors;
  • fixed the inappropriate flipping of the binoculars view;
  • Satellites plug-in:
  • fixed title bar of the Satellites config window not being resized with the rest of the window
  • (LP: #900575)
  • catalog numbers are now used to identify satellites, preventing bugs with duplicate satellites
  • and satellites renamed in the source lists
  • catalog number and international designator are now displayed for each satellite
  • a simple windows to add satellites has been added (LP: #898476)
  • Added:
  • Ctrl+C binding to copy selected object info text to clipboard.
  • to the Windows installer options to remove files left over from the previous installation.
  • windows no longer can be dragged to unreachable positions.
  • the "Save settings" button now saves the current main window position, too.
  • the language list is now sorted by language name, not language code.
  • the "Reload style" action has been removed, as the underlying feature no longer works. If you
  • decide to design a new visual style for Stellarium, please contact us to give you a version where
  • it works.
  • distance in km (if the distance is below 0.1 AU) to the information displayed about Solar System
  • objects. (LP: #894472)
  • the StelGui::getSkyGui() method to allow plug-in developers to create their own toolbars and
  • other GUI elements.
  • an option to show the galactic coordinates grid and the galactic plane.
  • several trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs): Sedna, Quaoar, Orcus, Haumea.
  • the Quasars plug-in.
  • the Pulsars plug-in.
  • more detailed information is now added to the log file for Mac OS X.
  • (experimental) modelling of atmospheric extinction for point objects.
  • changed the position of the text in the Text User Interface plug-in. (LP: #911594)
  • a checkbox allowing the SIMBAD on-line search to be enabled/disabled.
  • Fixed:
  • startup script crash (LP: #689657)
  • plugin names localization in the Configuration window (LP: #807402)
  • resizing of the tabs in Configuration and View windows on language change (LP: #821386)
  • sky lines' labels not translated on language change (LP: #811659)
  • "Get catalog" button not translated on language change (LP: #890608)
  • last star catalog not being offered for download (LP: #538291, LP: #890789)
  • proxy configuration without username/password
  • Telescope Control plug-in: mishandling of IP connections in the telescope configuration window
  • (LP: #843837)
  • Pluto's moon Hydra preventing the constellation from being selected in Search and scripts
  • (LP: #894780)
  • scripting code still being included despite ENABLE_SCRIPTING set to 0 (LP: #811505)
  • constellations lines and names not displayed (LP: #945146)
  • newly created location cannot be set as default (LP: #889931)

New in version 0.11.2 RC1 (February 25th, 2012)

  • The main theme of this version seems to be localization:
  • most of the text used by the default plug-ins is now translateable
  • landscape names are now translatable
  • country names are now translatable
  • scripts names and descriptions are now translatable
  • Oculars plug-in:
  • added an optional control panel displayed in the upper-right corner of the screen as an alternative to the pop-up menu that was used to control it in the previous version;
  • overhaul of the pop-up menu, the underlined letters in it can be used as keyboard shortcuts;
  • added the ability to rearrange the items in the lists of oculars, telescopes and sensors;
  • fixed the inappropriate flipping of the binoculars view;
  • Satellites plug-in:
  • fixed title bar of the Satellites config window not being resized with the rest of the window (LP: #900575)
  • catalog numbers are now used to identify satellites, preventing bugs with duplicate satellites and satellites renamed in the source lists
  • catalog number and international designator are now displayed for each satellite
  • a simple windows to add satellites has been added (LP: #898476)
  • Added Ctrl+C binding to copy selected object info text to clipboard.
  • Added to the Windows installer options to remove files left over from the previous installation.
  • Windows no longer can be dragged to unreachable positions.
  • The "Save settings" button now saves the current main window position, too.
  • The language list is now sorted by language name, not language code.
  • The "Reload style" action has been removed, as the underlying feature no longer works. If you decide to design a new visual style for Stellarium, please contact us to give you a version where it works.
  • Added distance in km (if the distance is below 0.1 AU) to the information displayed about Solar System objects. (LP: #894472)
  • Added the StelGui::getSkyGui() method to allow plug-in developers to create their own toolbars and other GUI elements.
  • Added an option to show the galactic coordinates grid and the galactic plane.
  • Added several trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs): Sedna, Quaoar, Orcus, Haumea.
  • Added the Quasars plug-in.
  • Added the Pulsars plug-in.
  • More detailed information is now added to the log file for Mac OS X.
  • Added (experimental) modelling of atmospheric extinction for point objects.
  • Changed the position of the text in the Text User Interface plug-in. (LP: #911594)
  • Added a checkbox allowing the SIMBAD on-line search to be enabled/disabled.
  • Fixed:
  • plugin names localization in the Configuration window (LP: #807402)
  • resizing of the tabs in Configuration and View windows on language change (LP: #821386)
  • sky lines' labels not translated on language change (LP: #811659)
  • "Get catalog" button not translated on language change (LP: #890608)
  • last star catalog not being offered for download (LP: #538291, LP: #890789)
  • proxy configuration without username/password
  • Telescope Control plug-in: mishandling of IP connections in the telescope configuration window (LP: #843837)
  • Pluto's moon Hydra preventing the constellation from being selected in Search and scripts (LP: #894780)
  • scripting code still being included despite ENABLE_SCRIPTING set to 0 (LP: #811505)

New in version 0.11.1 (November 4th, 2011)

  • This is an important bug fix release closing more than 20 bugs in the main application and in the plugins. It also brings small GUI usability improvements. A huge thanks to all community bug reporters who helped us a lot finding bugs!

New in version 0.11.0 (July 3rd, 2011)

  • This release takes into account the refraction of the atmosphere in the visualization of the sky.
  • The search tool was redesigned.
  • The oculars plugin was rewritten and expanded.
  • A new plugin was added for historical supernovae.
  • Lots of bugs were fixed.

New in version 0.10.6 (December 6th, 2010)

  • New feature for installing landscapes from ZIP archives.
  • New plugin: Solar System editor.
  • New plugin: Time Zone manual override.
  • Oculars plugin: customizable keyboard shortcuts.
  • Satellites plugin: added new orbit prediction engine with orbits.
  • Satellites plugin: can now update TLEs from a local file.
  • Telescope control plugin: added manual equinox / epoch override.

New in version 0.10.3 (January 29th, 2010)

  • sky:
  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for twelve different cultures
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • realistic Milky Way
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • the planets and their satellites
  • interface:
  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • multilingual interface
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • telescope control
  • visualisation:
  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection
  • customisability:
  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescrope configuration and more
  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts...

New in version 0.10.2 (March 9th, 2009)

  • Based on Qt 4.5.
  • Display constellations lines using nicely distorted arcs.
  • Fixed GUI problems when creating a new location.
  • Fixed the grid lines wrap around at the discontinuities in cylindrical and Mercator projection.
  • Hide the planet computation problems after year 80608.
  • Use the Qt raster engine by default.
  • This fixes mac rendering bugs and speeds up greatly the GUI rendering.
  • Improved management of intersection of viewports with large FOV and projections with singularities.
  • Added Hammer-Aitoff projection allowing full sky overview.
  • Fixed various bugs.

New in version 0.10.1 (February 5th, 2009)

  • Added reset all config options button.
  • Added code for uncompressing gzip files (borrowed from from libkde) Allowed for gzip compressed JSON files.
  • Fixed flip buttons bug.
  • Fixed min FPS feature.
  • Implemented screenshots inverted colors feature + associated GUI.
  • Re-coded grid display from scratch.
  • It is now much faster and much more robust.
  • Refactored large part of the Navigator and Projector classes.
  • Added a StelPainter class allowing many optimizations and simpler API.
  • Re-added telescope control key bindings.
  • Improved the doxygen developers documentation.
  • Added Simbad lookup to the search window.
  • Fixed ecliptic line rendering.
  • Fixed grid rendering bugs.
  • Added ZIP archive support with code copied from KDE SVN.
  • Fixed sun's magnitude bug.
  • Added automatic star catalog downloader to GUI.
  • Star catalog settings are now defined in a config file.
  • Converted system-dependent star catalog memory mapping code to QFile::map().
  • Added log file for debugging output.
  • Prepends system specs, such as memory and CPU information.
  • Imported KdeWin32 code for POSIX emulation on Windows.
  • Fixed build with Qt 4.5.
  • Fixed full screen problems at init.
  • Optimized VecXX contructors (no more default values).
  • Added translations for Albanian and Bosnian.
  • Fixed many bugs.

New in version 0.10.0 (September 22nd, 2008)

  • Global switch to Qt.
  • Don't support SDL main application anymore.
  • The whole StelApp class is managed by a QGraphicsScene, inside a QGraphicsView.
  • Removed deprecated sources from the core of stellarium (old GUI, TUI and scripting).
  • Continued API cleaning and simplifications.
  • Performed large refactorings to use portable Qt API (migrated from std::string and std::wstring to QString).
  • Re-organized the source files into sub-directories.
  • Migrated config file parsing to a QSettings based implementation.
  • Exposed some methods as slots so that they can be scripted in the future.
  • Created the new Qt-based GUI button bars (QGraphicsItems).
  • Recoded from scratch the new QWidget based GUI rendered in the QGraphicsView using style sheets.
  • Moved stars/planets halo rendering into SkyDrawer.
  • Implemented dynamic eye adaptation for bright objects.
  • Optimized atmosphere computation and others, speed can be increased up to a factor of 2.
  • Implemented light pollution following the Bortle scale index.
  • Improved and optimized stars rendering (updated colors, sizes and added large halo for very bright ones, use GL lists for drawing stars by bunch) Made testing python wrappers using SIP (unused) Created a new SkyTile class supporting lazy dynamic multi-resolution images loading and display.
  • Image trees can be stored as JSON files.
  • Startup is much faster.
  • Migrated the previous nebula textures to the new format.
  • Added a LocationManager for managing observing locations and cleaned the code of observer.
  • Changed key bindings, use F1..
  • F6 for opening dialogs.
  • Tab completion on the search dialog.
  • Added descriptions for the sky cultures and improved the ones for landscapes.
  • Added a new mars landscape.
  • Fixed many bugs.