Wednesday, June 16, 2021

shared cultures supported in Stellarium

During the conversation about Native Skywatchers Summer Workshop on the RASC Toronto Centre forum, Katrina noted that she saw that Stellarium supported different cultures. Indeed. I confirmed this, said that I knew Ojibwe and Dakota/Lakota was included. But that I hadn't seen Mi'kmaq...

That said, a key strength of Stellarium is that it was an open system so more starlore information on stars, constellations (with artwork), and planets could be added.

Dakota sky

Then I dove into the app on the John Gomez computer.

Stellarium 0.21.0 has starlore or sky culture information for:

  • Al-Sufi
  • Almagest
  • Anutan
  • Arabic Moon Stations
  • Aztec
  • Babylonian (MUL.APIN and Seleucid)
  • Belarusian
  • Boorong
  • Chinese (traditional, contemporary, medieval)
  • Dakota/Lakota/Nakota
  • Egyptian
  • Hawaiian Starlines
  • Indian Vedic
  • Inuit
  • Japanese Moon Stations
  • Kamilaroi/Euahlayi
  • Korean
  • Lokono
  • Macedonian
  • Maori
  • Maya
  • Mongolian
  • Navajo
  • Norse
  • Northern Andes
  • Ojibwe
  • Romanian
  • Sami
  • Sardinian
  • Siberian
  • Tongan
  • Kukano
  • Tupi-Guarani
  • Vanuatu (Netware)
  • Western (Roman-Greco, H.A.Rey, O.Hlad, Sky & Telescope)

She was suitably impressed. Might even download the software. SkySafari has nothing like this.

And Stellarium can operate in many different languages.

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