For Computers

Software Details Link
Stellarium Free open source planetarium
Celestia Real time 3-D visualisation of space
World Wide Telescope Rich visualisation environment that functions as a virtual telescope
Virtual Moon Atlas Moon observation or survey
Cartes du Ciel Draw sky charts
Simulations Link
Open Source Physics

Interactive Simulations

WorldWide Telescope

Click here to download the WWT userguide.


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. Click here to visit the Stellarium site to download the software.

Click here to download the Stellarium worksheet.

African Starlore Art for Stellarium

The art works were created by Suki Lock based on the information supplied by Auke Slotegraaf. They were modified using inputs and information from Themba Matomela, Thembela Mantungwa and Mdumiseni Nxumalo. The project was initiated by Sivuyile Manxoyi after having discussions with Prof Jarita Holbrook and Prof Kevin Snedegar on African Cultural astronomy.

If you want to add these images to Stellarium on your computer, please download the constellation art file, unzip it and follow the instructions you’ll find in the unzipped folder.