Tuesday, November 15, 2016

How to Install Planetarium App KStars 2.7.2 on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

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 2.7.2 features:

  •     Graphical simulation of the sky with the planets, up to 100 million stars, 10000 deep-sky objects, comets and asteroids. Adjustable simulation rate.
  •     Access to several internet resources for information, imagery and data
  •     Complete astrophotography workflow
  •     A host of tools that predict conjunctions, plot time variation of positions of planets, perform calculations etc.
  •     Powerful observation planner to plan your observations.
  •     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 2.7.2 via command:

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

$ sudo apt-get autoremove

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this but on 16.10 I get a Libindi1 conflict due to older package/dependency, I had to uninstall and reinstall from Kstars from standard repo to keep it working.