Landscapes

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This page contains links on landscapes provided by Stellarium users.

NOTE: Older version of Stellarium (prior to v0.9.0) used a slightly different mechanism for doing landscapes. You can find a list of the old landscapes here.

Installation of landscapes

Determine the user directory location, which varies according to your OS:

  • In Linux, the user directory is $HOME/.stellarium
  • In OSX, the user directory is <HOME>/Library/Preferences/Stellarium
  • In Windows XP and later: the Stellarium sub-folder of your user's Documents and Settings folder
  • Older Windows (if the Documents and Settings directory cannot be found): %HOMEDRIVE%\%HOMEPATH%\Stellarium\, or if that is not found: %HOME%\Stellarium\, if not: %SystemDrive%\Stellarium\, if not: C:\Stellarium.

Create a sub-directory called landscapes in your user directory.

Unzip the landscape .zip file in the user directory/landscapes folder.

Landscapes

landscape_egarden_thumb.png Rob Spearman & Johan Meuris - English Garden, Munich, Germany. This high resolution landscape was taken in April 2007 by Rob. Johan helped with the post production. The result is a very high quality landscape. Download
landscape_egarden_thumb.png Rob Spearman & Johan Meuris - English Garden, Munich, Germany. The original English Garden landscape was re-constructed by Barry Gerdes as an old_style landscape. This means that it can be used with video hardware which cannot cope with single very large texture files, and yet preserves the resolution of the landscape (by splitting the images into multiple files). Try this is the original English Garden landscapes doesn't load on your computer. Download
beaumont-hills.jpg Barry Gerdes - Beaumont Hills, Sydney, Australia. Barry made an interesting multiple-image landscape from the rooftop of his house. You can find a detailed account of how this was done in the Stellarium User Guide. Download
voksenlia.jpg Steinar Midtskogen - Voksenlia, Oslo, Norway. Steinar Midtskogen sent this huge (17 MiB!) spherical landscape image of Voksenlia, Oslo, Norway (59°58'14N, 10°38'57E, alt=348m). (Currently not working with version 0.9.0).

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observatory-hill-Barry.jpg Friedrich Noelle & Barry Gerdes - Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland. Friedrich Noelle took a nice panorama of Observatory Hill, Edinburgh which Barry converted into a Stellarium landscape.

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transit-hill.jpg Graeme Ewing - Transit Hill, Lord Howe Island, Australia. Graeme Ewing Contributed this panorama of the astronomically significant and visually stunning Transit Hill site Northeast of Sydney, Australia.

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husband-hill.jpg Johan - Husband Hill, Mars. Johan transformed this Mars image from NASA into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium. Mars rover Spirit made this image during August 24 to 27, 2005. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell. Read more on this webpage.

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ponta-da-piedade.jpg Johan - Ponta da Piedade, Algarve, Lagos, Portugal. Johan photographed this panorama in June 2006 and stitched it together into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium. You see sandstone cliffs on the Atlantic coast of southern Portugal, a lighthouse, and a natural bridge.

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landscape_marsopportunity_thumb.jpg Mike - Mars Opportunity Rover. Mike sent posted this landscape in the forums. Another nice Mars rover landscape.

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saltlakecity.jpg Hiram Bertoch - Salt Lake City Panorama. Hiram made this panorama for the KidsKnowIt Network's outreach program

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landscape_gurnigel_thumb.png Martin Mutti - Gurnigel, Switzerland. This is the site of the Bern Astronomical Society's observing site.

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tishinka-ardashev.jpg Dmitri Ardashev - Tishinka, Russia. This is a small village between Moscow's and Kaluga's regions, in 130 km south-west of Moscow(55°18'32.46N, 36°26'42.06E, alt=195).

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landscape_everest_thumb.png Makc - Mount Everest. Amazing parorama of the summit of Mount Everest, 8.85 km above sea level. Roddy Mackenzie, who climbed the mountain in 1989, captured the image.

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landscape_iss_thumb.png Makc - International Space Station. Landscape made using some screen shots and data from the wonderful Celestia. Set the projection mode to stereographic, zoom out to a wide field of view and point down towards the ground to get the nice rounded "planet" effect.

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landscape_t60pic_thumb.jpg Sylvain Rondi - T60 dome, Pic du Midi Observatory, France. Sylvain photographed this panorama in February 2007 and stitched it together into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium. This is the panoramic view from the amateur 60cm telescope dome from T60 Association, installed at Pic du Midi Observatory.

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landscape_t1mpic_thumb.jpg Sylvain Rondi - T1M terrasse, Pic du Midi Observatory, France. Sylvain photographed this panorama in February 2007 and stitched it together into a spherical panorama that can be used with Stellarium. This is the panoramic view from the terrasse of the professional 106cm telescope at Pic du Midi Observatory (France).

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landscape_sheffieldrivelin_thumb.png Jan Wedekind - River Rivelin, Sheffield, UK. This is a 270° fisheye panorama created from 40 photos using Hugin. It shows the River Rivelin in Sheffield in the middle of April 2007. The fringes (twigs and tree tops) where dimmed out using The Gimp. The overexposed parts of the horizon have been removed. Copyright (C) 2007, Jan Wedekind, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike License 2.0

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landscape_sanjose_thumb.png BrendaEM - San Jose, California, USA. This panorama was made using Nasa's WorldWind. Screenshots were taken at 45 degree increments. The screenshots were layered and stitched together, and then offset until the the Northern mountains were aligned. A landscape such as this could be made of any location in the world. There is a plug-in for WorldWind called "BigScreenshot," that may make the process easier, but not automate it. A plug-in could be written to do this entire process automatically.

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thumbnail.jpg Lee Trampleasure Amosslee - Berkeley, California, USA. This panorama is centered at the Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar at the Berkeley Marina. The solar calendar has large stones that line up with the sunrises and sunsets at the equinoxes and solstices. 4096X2048 PNG photo, 8.3MB, or 2048x1024 PNG photo 2.1MB. In the larger photo, I painted the Golden Gate bridge to make it stand out a bit more. Credits and location can be found in the landscapes.ini file. Please include credits if you use/distribute this version.
landscape_apollo_11_thumb.jpg Mathew Myrup - Apollo 11 landing site. This landscape is made using NASA photographs taken by Buzz Aldrin. Look fown and you can see Buzz's footprints :) Download
landscape_jantar_thumb.png Barry Perlus & Stellarium team - Jantar Mantar. Professor Barry Perlus of Cornell University allowed us to use his panoramic photography of one of the Jantar Mantars in India to create this landscape. For more information on these fascinating scientific and architectural works see jantarmantar.org.

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landscape_ares_thumb.jpg Rubén Castiñeiras Lorenzo - Ares, Galicia, Spain. Ares is a small fishing village in Galicia, in the NW of Spain, close to the city of Ferrol. The 360 degree image was taken at the noon of August 6th, 2007, just in front of the "Paseo Rosalía de Castro". It has been made with 17 photos, stitched with Hugin 0.7 beta 4 and retouched with the Gimp 2.2.17..

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paranalscreenshot.png Dirk Essl - ESO's Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert, Chile. (updated version with higher resolution and correct alignment) The Very Large Telescope Project (VLT) is a system of four separate optical telescopes (the Antu telescope, the Kueyen telescope, the Melipal telescope, and the Yepun telescope) organized in an array formation. Each telescope has an 8.2 m aperture. The array is complemented by three movable Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) of 1.8 m aperture. The project is organized by the ESO. A full size Panorama image of this landscape can be seen here.

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landscape_ovindoli_thumb.jpg Pierluigi Panunzi - Ovindoli, Italy. Ovindoli is a famous ski resort in central Italy.

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cachi.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Cachi, Argentina. This is a panoramic view of the Parque National Los Cardones near the village of Cachi.

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eltajin.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - El Tajin, Mexico. This is a panoramic view of the prehispanic city of El Tajin. Theses ruines are part of UNESCO World Heritage.

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idehan.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Idehan Ubari, Lybia. This is a panoramic view of the desert of Idehan Ubari in Lybia.

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lagunaverde.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Laguna Verde, Bolivia. This is a panoramic view of the Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca under the Juriques (5704m) and Licancabur (5920m) Volcanos. These lakes are located in Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa, Bolivia.

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leptis.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Leptis Magna, Lybia. This is a panoramic view of the theatre of the Roman city of Leptis Magna. This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

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mexico.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Mexico Ciudad, Mexico. This is a panoramic view of the Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución) of Mexico Ciudad.

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rustrel.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Rustrel, France. This is a panoramic view of the Colorado de Rustrel in "Les Sentiers de l'Ocre et du Fer", Provence, France.

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sahara.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Sahara, Lybia. This is a panoramic view from somewhere in the middle of the Sahara in Lybia.

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uxmal.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico. This is a panoramic view of the Cuadrangulo de las Monjas in Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal. This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

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vatican.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - St Peter's Square, Vatican. This is a panoramic view of the St Peter's Square. City of Vatican. Some parts of the buildings are missing, not enough pictures... This site is part of UNESCO World Heritage.

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waw-al-namus.jpg Xavier Bonnefoy-Cudraz - Volcano Waw al-Namus, Lybia. This is a panoramic view of Volcano Waw al-Namus in the Sahara.

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Contributions

Please feel free to contribute your own custom landscapes here. Make thumbnails 200x114 pixels to fit with the rest of the page. Please includes location section in your landscape.ini file with the longitude, latitude, altitude and planet for the location of the landscape (see one of the pre-existing landscapes for an example).

IMPORTANT: Make sure all textures have dimensions which are integer powers of 2, i.e. 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, ... e.g. 4096 by 1024, 2048 by 2048 and so on.

Need hosting?

If you have a landscape you would like to share but have no web-space to put it, email me and I'll put it on my site.

Tools

The following tools may be useful to people who wish to create their own landscapes:

Program Platform(s) License Notes
Autostitch win32; Linux (using wine) Shareware/demo Looks like it produces good results. Registered version includes extra types of projection. No sourcecode.
Hugin Linux; FreeBSD; MacOSX; win32 GPL Hugin is a nice GUI for Panorama Tools
Panorama Tools Linux; FreeBSD; MacOSX; win32 GPL
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