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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Many community contributors along with standard developers of Stellarium were happy to officially announce the availability of Stellarium 0.12 yesterday, after releasing many betas and RC recently, and we are very happy to have a truly improved version of our favorite open source planetarium software to play with!
One of 0.12.2 new features is the ability to now display many variable stars. These are the stars whose brightness appears to be fluctuating periodically. This adds a very important realism factor that was missing from the Stellarium abilities as viariable stars can be found all over the night sky and are the reason for their existence may vary greatly so categories needed to define types according to their characteristics.
Stellarium’s Catalog of Variable Stars is based on the General Catalogue of Variable Starts and classified in eruptive, pulsating, rotating and cataclysmic variables, each class with its own individual types.