Astronomy Software packages

Here is a list of the software packages I recommend to people. They cover the basics all the way up to advanced astronomy and a few others for good measure. All run on Linux, Mac and Windows and all are free!


Stellarium is a planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. Great for presentations and learning the sky, a good one for beginners.


A space simulation program that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.

Cartes du Ciel

Great star charting tool for the more advanced observer!

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