Celestia Alternatives

    Celestia is described as 'application for real-time 3D visualization of space, with a detailed model of the solar system, over 100,000 stars, more than 10,000 galaxies, and an extension mechanism for adding more objects' and is a well-known app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Celestia for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, the Web and Android Tablet. The best alternative is Stellarium, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Celestia are Space Engine (Paid), Gaia Sky (Free, Open Source), Elite: Dangerous (Paid) and Cosmonium (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Jan 5, 2021

    • 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. View 50 alternatives to Stellarium
      This alternative is disputed. Stellarium is still a legitimate alternative to Celestia, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      Stellarium vs Celestia
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Stellarium is a planetarium, Celestia not
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      Your stuck on earth, Celestia you can explore space
      Negative comment 6 months ago

    • Space Engine - a real-time 3D space simulator, procedural universe generator and visualiser. View 18 alternatives to Space Engine
      Almost everyone thinks Space Engine is a great alternative to Celestia.
      • Windows
      Space Engine vs Celestia
      pros, cons and recent comments
      You can not only travel throughout the Milky Way; Visiting the stars, the planets with their respective moons, comets, asteroids, black holes (in which one can see the shift towards the blue), etcetera. In addition, the music gives an atmosphere of relaxation.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Have similar functionality.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago



    • 3D visualization software for ESA's (European Space Agency) Gaia mission to chart about 1 billion stars of the Milky Way Galaxy. View 37 alternatives to Gaia Sky
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Represent entire series of Elite: Dangerous games including Elite,Elite: Dangerous,. View 20 alternatives to Elite: Dangerous
      • Windows
      • OSVR
      • HTC Vive
      • Steam
      • Oculus Rift
      Elite: Dangerous vs Celestia
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Elite is a full fledged game (there is significant travel time, currency, ship purchases and missions, etc). Some real stellar bodies are modeled, but most of them are procedurally generated. The feeling of exploring space in person is significantly more immersive, but it's value as a stellarium is minimal.
      Negative comment 19 days ago

    • Cosmonium is a 3D astronomy and space exploration program. With Cosmonium you can navigate in our solar system and discover all the planets and their moons. View 7 alternatives to Cosmonium
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux


    • Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs. View 12 alternatives to Universe Sandbox
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Steam
    • 3D simulation of the Solar System and night sky - real time virtual orrery and observatoryFeatures:- Heliocentric view with real-time positions of planets and planetary... View 44 alternatives to Solar System Scope
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
    • Pioneer is a space adventure game set in the Milky Way galaxy at the turn of the 31st century. View 14 alternatives to Pioneer
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Stellarium Mobile is a fully-featured planetarium for your phone. It shows a realistic night sky map in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. View 37 alternatives to Noctua Stellarium Mobile
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
    • StarCalc is the fastest professional astronomy planetarium & star mapping program for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP (StarCalc version for PocketPC is available). View 29 alternatives to StarCalc

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 5.73, released in July 2006, can be still downloaded from the official website.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Windows Mobile
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