Stellarium 0.11.4 released with new plugins, new scripts and fixes (official PPA available)
Stellarium is a free open-source planetarium, allowing the user to visualize a properly rendered realistic 3D sky, visual approach similar to seeing the sky with one's eyes, telescopes or binoculars.
Stellarium features a default catalog of more than 600,000 stars, culture-aware constellations, realistic Milky Way and atmosphere, planets, satellites, night mode, etc, features displayed via a solid interface with powerful zoom, time control, numerous keyboard shortcuts, telescope control, etc.
Stellarium has just been updated to another interesting release, 0.11.4, bringing both features and fixes.
The new 0.11.4 version introduces two new plugins, Exoplanets (links the position of stars in relation to exoplanets, exoplanets' data generated from the www.exoplanet.eu's Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia) and Observability analysis (reports an analysis of source observability, such as rise, set, transit times, as well as the epochs of year when the source is optimally/best observed; the plugin also generates the day of the largest separation from the Sun, as well as the days of Acronychal and Cosmical rise and set).
In order to configure the mentioned plugins, navigate to
Stellarium-->bottom-left launcher's Configuration window-->Plugins-->Exoplanets-->check Load at startup and close the app, action followed by opening Stellarium and navigating to
Stellarium-->bottom-left launcher's Configuration window-->Plugins-->Exoplanets-->Configure
The configuration panel gained a new addition, Information, area useful to manage informations of selected objects, such as option to show/hide
Name, Visual magnitude, Distance, Hour angle/Declination, Catalog number, Right ascension, Absolute magnitude, Altitude/Azimuth, etc.
Scripts area has been enriched in Stellarium 0.11.4, receiving new scripts, such as analemma (displays the analemma, the path of the Sun across the sky during a year), constellation tour (a tour through western constellations), earth 1 (Earth's best views from other Solar system bodies in the 21st Century), phobos phun (exposing Phobos eclipsing the sun), supernova (supernova observed by Tycho Brahe in 1572), transit of venus (as seen from Sydney Australia, June 6th 2012), etc.
Along with the mentioned features, numerous fixes and optimizations (fixed crashes, fixed plugins issues, fixed nebulae, improved night mode, etc), come to deliver an enhanced more solid desktop planetarium experience.
How do we install Stellarium 0.11.4?
Add the following official PPA (Lucid, Natty, Oneiric, Precise)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install stellarium
Bugs can be reported on https://bugs.launchpad.net/stellarium