8 of the Best Free Linux Astronomy Apps
Astronomy is a branch of science that deals with the study of
celestial objects (including stars, planets, moons, comets,
asteroids, meteor showers, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies) and
Like many others, I was introduced to the world of astronomy
by the venerable Sir Patrick Moore. For anyone who does not know, Sir
Patrick is an amateur astronomer who has presented The Sky at Night,
the longest-running television programme, for over 54 years, and has
made an outstanding contribution to astronomy.
Astronomy is particularly well suited to the layperson. It is
a wonderful hobby which has almost no age limits, it is open to
individuals of all financial means, and there is always the potential
for an amateur to discover something that has eluded professional
astronomers, or to help monitor stars and track asteroids. Even with
unaided eye, there is much to study in the night sky including
constellations, shooting stars, planets, and of course the moon, the
Earth's only natural satellite.
There is a wide variety of free astronomy software available
for Linux that offer real benefits to astronomy enthusiasts. This
category of software lets you map the night sky, plan detailed
observations, control telescopes, present star charts, offer observing
logs, and much more.
This article focuses on selecting the best free astronomy
software available for Linux. Hopefully, there will be something of
interest here for anyone who wants to study the sky.
So, let's explore the 8 astronomy applications at hand.
For each application we have compiled its own portal page, providing a
screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant
resources and reviews.
||Real-time space simulation
4-dimensional space visualization application
||Prepare different sky maps for a particular observation
the locations and physical properties of deep sky objects
||Desktop planetarium for KDE
for celestial mechanics investigations
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Last Updated Saturday, April 13 2013 @ 06:16 PM EDT