Stellarium Plus version 1.8.0 has been released and this update brings us a lot of new features and improvements to make your astronomy experience even better!
Introducing the Favorites List
Mark your favorite objects in the sky and refer to your Favorites list! This feature is very useful especially if you are observing an object regularly, or if you are gathering data. This saves you the trouble of having to search for it every time!
To add an object to your Favorites list, simply select an object, swipe up, then click the heart button. You would be able to view your Favorites List when you select the search then press ‘Favorites’.
Before the latest update, visibility times and charts are available. You would be able to see the highest altitude of the object, its setting and rising time, etc.
Now, in this new update, you would also be able to view the path it has taken and will take in the sky for the next hours.
Menu and Search button
In the latest update, the Menu and Search button has a new look that is opted for less distractions during observations! Check it out:
If you have ever explored Stellarium, you most likely have adjusted the time settings to simulate the sky in the past or in the future, or even on the day you were born!
After this, you would go back to the current time, and to do this, you had to press the time, and then press the ‘set time to now’ button. In the new update, there is a button to go back to real time on the lower part of your screen!
Another detail that is in the new version is viewing the date or time of day above the time.
Mini-compass/set sensor mode to ‘Auto’
A useful feature of Stellarium is the Sensor Mode. This feature utilizes your device’s compass or magnetometer so you could point your device to the sky and identify the object you are seeing within seconds.
In this new update, we added a mini compass on the bottom of the screen. This will help you identify the cardinal points when observing. This also doubles as a button to set the Sensor mode to ‘Auto’.
Since the 3D view feature was added, it has given us more and more opportunities to learn more and study many objects of the night sky.
In the latest update, we added more features in 3D view for you! You can now see even the darker side of the object by adjusting it on the upper right corner of the screen. We have also made information of the object accessible from within the 3D view!
Another exciting feature added was navigating through different 3D views. Before, in order to navigate from one 3D view to another, we had to press the back button and search for the next object.
Now, you can just select it from one’s 3D view, press the 3D button and it will take you to the next object’s 3D view!
Map of the surface of Moon and Mars
The Moon is a favorite subject to a lot of people and before we celebrate the International Observe the Moon Night next month, we added a feature for all selenophiles out there.
We added labels to the Moon’s mares and oceans. These labels can also be turned on/off on the upper right corner of your screen. You can now identify the features of the Moon!
We also added labels to the surface of MARS! Download Stellarium Mobile and explore!
Which of these features is your favorite?
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