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Eclipse on Stellarium

January 17th, 2010 by

Stellarium is a free software available for Windows, Linux/Unix and MacOSX. It renders 3D photo-realistic skies in real time.. With stellarium, you really see what you can see with your eyes, binoculars or a small telescope. Packages for openSUSE are available from Education repository on openSUSE Build Service via 1-click install.

India and many parts of Asia witnessed the longest annular solar eclipse of the millennium, next such event will take place after 1000 years. Stellarium helps to re-live the moments of this eclipse and explain what exactly was going on during the eclipse.


Select Southern most tip of India from the location menu (hit right side of the screen with mouse), set date and time : 11:30 am 15 January 2010. Search for “Sun”, sparebar to center it, zoom in with mousewheel. Give few clicks on the “Fast Forward” button.

The dialog boxes has strange rendering bug, for a workaround create /home/yourusername/.drirc with the following content:

<application name=”stellarium” executable=”stellarium”>
<option name=”texture_tiling” value=”false” />


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2 Responses to “Eclipse on Stellarium”

  1. Love this one! This app was the original reason why I’ve added Education repo (though I’m out of school for .. few years already). Keep up good work on this repo 🙂

    Now if only one could do without proprietary gfx drivers 😐 Each time we want to watch stars at home (yeah, I know it sounds bizarre, but we really can’t see anything outdoors through city lights), we have to share a laptop (mine), since Stellarium won’t run on my partner’s one

  2. sad