FLOSS Weekly 107

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FLOSS Weekly
Episode 107


FLOSS talks to Matthew Gates a developer working on Stellarium.

"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. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go." per Stellarium.

Matthew Gates

  • Matthew's Bio in His Own Words:

"I got involved with Stellarium after I tried it out and thought it looked interesting. I studied astronomy as an undergraduate and noticed a lack of documentation, so I started writing the user guide. This started as a list of key bindings which I gleaned from the source code, and turned into a 90 page book with a simple astronomy guide as the second half.

After the guide was more or less done, I started doing the odd bugfix patch and eventually got involved in more regular development. Now I'm co-admin on the project doing some of the tasks like releases, bug triage, and general messing around :-)"


External Links

Stellarium user guide:

The wiki:

Iridium Sattelite Tracking

Questions from the audience

When will the scripting engine be ready? Stellarium is great app but with scripting it would be very useful for demonstrations. Simon Allen from ESAS

Spoke to Matthew after the show and he says that this is being worked on No date yet though. 5th February 2010 - Simon Allen


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Production Information

  • Edited by: Tony
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