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ISSUE 7 - November 2009

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Touring the Cosmos through Your Computer: A Guide to Free Desktop Planetarium Software
(pages 21-23)
Matthew McCool


This paper reviews ten free software applications for viewing the cosmos through your computer. Although commercial astronomy software such as Starry Night and Slooh make for excellent viewing of the heavens, they come at a price. Fortunately, there is astronomy software that is not only excellent but also free. In this article I provide a brief overview of ten popular free Desktop Planetarium software programs available for your desktop computer.