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WinStars is described as 'uses the latest 3D technology to show the objects of our solar system in a realistic manner. Thus, it is possible to move from one planet to another, to follow a space probe on its long voyage or to observe a celestial event from a place to which you could never go' and is a Star Map in the education & reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to WinStars for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, iPad and Android. The best alternative is Google Earth. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Stellarium or Celestia. Other great apps like WinStars are Space Engine, Gaia Sky, KStars and Mitaka.

WinStars alternatives are mainly Star Maps but may also be Map Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WinStars.
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  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Wine

WinStars uses the latest 3D technology to show the objects of our solar system in a realistic manner. Thus, it is possible...

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  1. Google Earth icon

    Google Earth

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad

    Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

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    Stellarium

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableStellarium can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    The dance of the planets above ESO headquarters, near Munich.


  3. Celestia icon

    Celestia

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com

    Celestia is an 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.

    ⚫︎ PortableCelestia can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    The orbits of a number of main belt asteroids (in brown) plotted together with major planet orbits (in blue).
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    Space Engine

    • Windows

    Space Engine - a real-time 3D space simulator, procedural universe generator and visualiser. It lets you explore the universe in three dimensions, starting from planet Earth to the most distant galaxies.

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  5. Gaia Sky icon

    Gaia Sky

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Gaia Sky is a real-time, 3D, astronomy visualisation software that runs on Windows, Linux and OS X.

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    KStars

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • KDE

    KStars is a Desktop Planetarium for KDE. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time.

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    KStars showing the constellation of Orion
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    Mitaka

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Mitaka is software for visualizing the known Universe with up-to-date observational data and theoretical models. Mitaka users can seamlessly navigate through space, from the Earth to the edges of the known Universe.

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    Earth's day side
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    Solar System Scope

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    3D simulation of the Solar System and night sky - real time virtual orrery and observatory

    ⚫︎ Works OfflineSolar System Scope can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    StarCalc

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Windows Mobile

    StarCalc is the fastest professional astronomy planetarium & star mapping program for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP (StarCalc version for PocketPC is available). It illustrates star positions of any instance of the day observed from any geographic locations on the Earth.

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    Discontinued

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

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    WorldWide Telescope

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Online

    The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

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    Main Window
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