I can’t remember how I discovered this one today (could’ve been a random Gada.be search). Regardless, this software is simply amazing – and cross-platform, to boot. It’s the best desktop “night sky” client in the galaxy – and in my opinion, beats the pants off of Starry Night:
Stellarium is 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. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
Ponzi and I went to a plane…arium a couple of months ago. Even it wasn’t half as nice as Stellarium. This is exactly what I’ve always wanted – and it’s open source software!!! I can’t wait to try this on my laptop outside. The illustrations of the constellations are priceless. I dare you to find a better night sky viewer for any platform. I double-dog dare you!