Astronomy Software for Windows

Windows

The astronomy software can help you in locating and observing astronomical objects as well as helping you learn more about them.

This is a list of software for Windows related to Astronomy:


Celestia

Download:http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
Licence:Free
Language:English
Developer:Celestia Development Team
Operating System:Windows Linux Mac OS 
Description:
The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
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DeepSkyStacker

Download:http://deepskystacker.free.fr/english/index.html
Licence:Freeware (Free)
Language:English, Spanish, French
Developer:Luc Coiffier
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
DeepSkyStacker is an application for astrophotographers that simplifies all the pre-processing steps of deep sky pictures.
- Registering
- Stacking
- Simple post-stacking processes to quickly view the final result
- Saving the resulting image to a TIFF or FITS file (16 or 32 bit)
After a shooting night you give all your pictures (light frames, darks frames, offset/bias frames, flat frames) to DeepSkyStacker and you go to bed. The next morning (or is it afternoon?) you can see the result and start post-processing.
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Deepsky

Download:http://www.deepsky2000.com/
Licence:Commercial
Language:English
Developer:Deepsky corp.
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
Software for observers to plan & organize your observing session. Includes over 410,000 images of Galaxies, Nebula, and other celestial wonders. Create Star Charts to magnitude 17.5 using the NOMAD catalog.
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Google Earth

Download:http://earth.google.com/
Licence:Free
Language:English
Developer:Google
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
Explore the world in 3D. The application lets you zoom in any part of the world.
Explore the Earth, but also the sky, the Moon and Mars.
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Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

Download:http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/
Licence:Free
Language:English
Developer:Microsoft
Operating System:Windows Web 
Description:
It enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world.
Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
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NASA World Wind

Download:http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/download.html
Licence:Free
Language:English
Developer:NASA
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
World Wind allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and SRTM elevation data to experience Earth in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there.
Particular focus was put into the ease of usability so people of all ages can enjoy World Wind. All one needs to control World Wind is a two button mouse. Additional guides and features can be accessed though a simplified menu. Navigation is automated with single clicks of a mouse as well as the ability to type in any location and automatically zoom into it.
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SkyTools

Download:http://skyhound.com/
Licence:Commercial
Language:English
Developer:Skyhound (formerly CapellaSoft)
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
SkyTools is software designed from the ground up for observing. It includes a complete set of software tools for observation planning, charting, and logging. The new SkyTools Professional Edition adds unique and powerful tools for imaging and an unprecedented database of stars to 20th magnitude over the entire sky.
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Skychart (Cartes du ciel)

Download:http://www.ap-i.net/skychart/start
Licence:Free
Language:English
Developer:Community
Operating System:Windows 
Description:
This program enables you to draw sky charts, making use of the data in 16 catalogs of stars and nebulae. In addition the position of planets, asteroids and comets are shown.
The purpose of this program is to prepare different sky maps for a particular observation. A large number of parameters help you to choose specifically or automatically which catalogs to use, the colour and the dimension of stars and nebulae, the representation of planets, the display of labels and coordinate grids, the superposition of pictures, the condition of visibility and more. All these features make this celestial atlas more complete than a conventional planetarium.
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Stellarium

Download:http://www.stellarium.org/wiki/index.php/Download
Licence:Open Source
Language:English, Spanish, French
Developer:Stellarium Team
Operating System:Windows Linux Mac OS 
Description:
Stellarium is a planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.
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