Thursday, May 4, 2017

How to install Stellarium 0.15.2 on Ubuntu 17.04

    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.

Stellarium 0.15.2 changelog :
  •   Added new algorithm for DeltaT from Stephenson, Morrison and Hohenkerk (2016)
  •   Added use QOpenGLWidget
  •   Added new option to InfoString group
  •   Added orbit visualization data for asteroids
  •   Added calculation of extincted magnitudes of satellites
  •   Added new type of Solar system objects: sednoids
  •   Added classificator of objects into Solar System Editor plugin
  •   Added albedo for infostring (planets and moons)
  •   Added some improvements and clean up of code in Search Tool
  •   Added use ISO 8601 to date formatting in Date and Time Dialog
  •   Added "Restore direction to initial values" in Oculars plugin
  •   Added the define for GL_DOUBLE again to restore compilation on ARM.
  •   Added calculation and show of horizontal and vertical scales of visible field of view of CCD
  •   Added caching for landscapes, including preloading and some other manipulation via scripting.
  •   Added binning for CCD in Oculars plugin
  •   Added textures for DSO
  •   Added a mean solar day (equals to Earth's day) on the Sun for educational purposes
  •   Added transmitting map of object info via RemoteControl
  •   Added int property handling with sliders
  •   Added a scriptable function to retrieve landscape brightness.
  •   Added Spout licence.txt to Windows installer script
  •   Added displaying solstices points
  •   Added extension of objectInfoMaps per object, most useful for scripting
  •   Added tentative fix for crash without network
  •   Added separate storing of view direction/FoV and other settings.
  •   Added Meade MA12 Astrometric Eyepiece support in Oculars plugin
  •   Added option to change the prediction depth of Iridium flares (Satellites plugin)
  •   Added tooltips for AstroCalc features
  •   Fixed indirect dependency to QtOpenGL by QtMultimediaWidgets
  •   Fixed text encoding in installer
  •   Fixed changing value of in tooltip when ephemeris type is changed
  •   Fixed mistakes in DeltaT stuff
  •   Fixed typos in AstroCalc tool
  •   Fixed visual style for spinup/spindown markers
  •   Fixed missing cross id of Epsilon Lyrae
  •   Fixed updating a list of Solar system bodies in AstroCalc tool when new objects added or objects was removed
  •   Fixed calculation of period for comets on elliptial orbits
  •   Fixed prediction of Iridium flares
  •   Fixed saving visibility flag for Bookmarks button
  •   Fixed refraction for Satellites
  •   Fixed wrong parallax and distance for IC 59
  •   Fixed updating a text in Help window when shortcuts are changed
  •   Fixed saving flags of visibility of Milky Way and Zodiacal Light
  •   Fixed memory leaks
  •   Fixed few reports of Clang static analyzer
  •   Fixed double clicks causing crashes
See release note for more 

Installation instructions:

    Up to date packages are available via some third party packages, so installing the software on Ubuntu is easy. Just add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the stellarium package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install stellarium

  Optinal, to remove stellarium, do:

$ sudo apt-get remove stellarium

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