The KStars Handbook

The KStars Handbook

Jason Harris

Core Developer: Heiko Evermann

Core Developer, German Translation: Thomas Kabelmann

French Translation: Vincent Jagot

Italian Translation: Davide Rizzo

Revision 0.80.00

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

KStars is a graphical desktop planetarium. It plots the positions of stars, constellations, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and planets in the night sky for any date, from any location on Earth. The display can be panned and zoomed, and it can even identify and track objects as they move across the sky. KStars is highly configurable, you can control what objects are displayed, and with what colors. Images of any part of the sky can be downloaded from online databases. Our plan is to make KStars an interactive tool for learning about astronomy and the night sky.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 A Quick Tour of KStars
Where am I?
What Time Is It?
Have a Look Around!
Objects in the Sky
3 Configuring KStars
4 Command Reference
Menu Commands
File Menu
Time Menu
Location Menu
View Menu
Help Menu
Popup Menu
Keyboard Commands
Mouse Commands
5 The AstroInfo Project
AstroInfo: Table of Contents
Celestial Coordinate Systems
The Equatorial Coordinate System
The Horizontal Coordinate System
The Ecliptic Coordinate System
The Galactic Coordinate System
The Celestial Poles
The Celestial Sphere
The Ecliptic
The Equinoxes
Geographic Coordinates
Great Circles
The Horizon
Hour Angle
Julian Day
Leap Years
The Local Meridian
Retrograde Motion
Sidereal Time
Time Zones
Universal Time
The Zenith
6 Questions and Answers
7 Credits and License
A Installation
How to obtain KStars
Compilation and Installation
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