Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to Install Planetarium App KStars 2.7.0 on Ubuntu 16.10

    KStars 2.7.0 is released on Oct. 28th, 2016 and can be installed on a number of platforms, most notably Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux.

KStars is free, open source, cross-platform Astronomy Software. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time. The display includes up to 100 million stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets, asteroids, supernovae, and satellites. For students and teachers, it supports adjustable simulation speeds in order to view phenomena that happen over long timescales, the KStars Astrocalculator to predict conjunctions, and many common astronomical calculations.

KStars 2.7.0 features:
  •     much better experience on embedded devices such as Raspberry PI
  •     object internet lookup from online catalogs
  •     Ekos GUI improvements, especially on low-resolution displays.
  •     guide module rewritten to support multiple external guiders
  •     guide drift graphics written, minor improvements to alignment module, significant updates to Focus module.
  •     And much more, see the official announcement.

Installation instructions: 
We can add this PPA to Ubuntu Operating  Systems and install  KStars with few easy commands.

Open terminal and insert command line...

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mutlaqja/ppa

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding

 Option, remove the PPA after installing  KStars 2.7.0 via command:

$ sudo apt-get remove indi-full kstars-bleeding

$ sudo apt-get autoremove

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