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Mac OS X for Astrophysicists


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icon AstroGrav 3.6

AstroGrav is a precision solar system simulator that calculates the gravitational interactions between all astronomical bodies, so that the motions of asteroids and comets are accurately simulated. The effects of general relativity are taken into account, and superb interactive 3D views allow you to easily rotate and zoom your view while the solar system evolves.
  • License: Demo, $59
  • Developer/Publisher: AstroGrav Astronomy Software
  • Modification Date: April 12, 20178
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 63.7 MB

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Icon AstroPlanner 2.2

AstroPlanner is a stand-alone application that allows the user to plan and execute an observing session. The user can enter objects to be viewed manually, import them from text files, look them up in several supplied catalogues, or use observing plans previously created by others. These objects can be both deep-sky and solar system objects (planets, sun, moon, asteroids, comets, etc.).
Application IconOnce a list of objects has been created, they can be observed and log entries recorded for each of them. The application will also control a wide range of computerised Go To telescopes, in order to slew to selected objects. Several Digital Setting Circle (DSC) systems are also supported. Telescope control is optional, so AstroPlanner can be used to great effect even if you don’t have a computerised telescope mount.
The application computes the visibility of the objects for the current observing session, shows the sky for that time and can show the field-of-view for the current object as if it was being viewed through a virtual eyepiece, or the sensor of an imager.
Additionally, if you have a network connection, you can download high-resolution photographs of any part of the sky from the Digital Sky Survey (DSS and SDSS).
  • License: Shareware, $45
  • Developer/Publisher: iLanga
  • Modification Date: April 3, 2015
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

Download Universal Binary File Size: 88.5 MB

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Icon Celestia 1.6.1

The free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions.
Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy.
All movement in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Celestia is expandable. Celestia comes with a large catalog of stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft. If that's not enough, you can download dozens of easy to install add-ons with more objects.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Celestia Development Team
  • Modification Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

Download Universal Binary File Size: 38.7 MB

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Icon ConverTable Planets 2.0.2

ConverTable Planets is a freeware weight converter... for use on other planets. Plus, you can view the planets in their true relative sizes, and learn your age on other planets.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Synergy Creations
  • Modification Date: October 16, 2013
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher

Download Unviersal Binary File Size: 4.7 MB

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Icon DashPhoon 1.4

DashPhoon is a Mac OS X Dashboard widget that displays the phase of the Moon.
DashPhoon can either display the Moon as it appears now, or else at some other time. In the latter case, the display can be frozen at a particular time, adjusted by keystrokes, or advance rapidly by hours or days.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Kevin Schoedel
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

Download Unviersal Binary File Size: 4.7 MB

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Icon MoonMenu 3.0.5

MoonMenu™ draws the current phase of the moon in the menubar. The menu, when selected, reveals the following information:
A textual description of the moon phase
Illumination percentage
The moon's age in days
Current lunation number
Farmers' Almanac names for the current lunation
Upcoming quarter predictions
Automatic "blue moon" detection that actually colors the moon blue
Sun rise/set times
Twilight rise/set times
Moon rise/set times
  • License: Shareware, $7
  • Developer/Publisher: Selznick Scientific Software
  • Modification Date: February 22, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 3 MB

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icon Nebulosity 4.0.4

Nebulosity is designed to be a powerful, but simple to use capture and processing application. A huge array of cameras are supported for capture (see below) and images from just about anything can be processed (support for many FITS formats, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, DSLR RAW files, etc). Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field. In it, you get a host of purpose-built, powerful tools to make the most out of your images and imaging sessions.
  • License: Shareware. $95
  • Developer/Publisher: Stark Labs
  • Modification Date: April 2, 2016
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 92 MB

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Icon Redshift Premium 1.0.2

View the night sky in unparalleled clarity, travel right through our galaxy and beyond, and look at planets, moons, asteroids, nebulae and other celestial bodies from close range. Explore the night sky from any desired viewpoint, travel into the past or into the future and discover first hand everything about stars, planets and other celestial bodies – Redshift introduces you to endless possibilities on your excursion through space.
Keep an eye on important celestial events with the help of the celestial calendar and experience these events simultaneously from different perspectives. Control your telescope with the help of Redshift and plan your sky observations using the individually customizable observation planner..
  • License: Buy, $36
  • Developer/Publisher: United Soft Media Verlag
  • Modification Date: January 30, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 1.3 GB

Download iOS File Size: 756.3 MB

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Icon Stellarium 0.16.1.2

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.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Stellarium Project
  • Modification Date: October 11, 2017
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher

Download Mac File Size: 176.6 MB

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