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README

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      **   KStars 3.1.0: A Desktop Planetarium for KDE   **
      *****************************************************

Copyright (c) 2001 - 2019 by The KStars Team:

Jason Harris <kstars@30doradus.org>
Jasem Mutlaq <mutlaqja@ikarustech.com>
Akarsh Simha <akarsh.simha@kdemail.net>
James Bowlin <bowlin@mindspring.com>
Heiko Evermann <heiko@evermann.de>
Thomas Kabelmann <tk78@gmx.de>
Pablo de Vicente <pvicentea@wanadoo.es>
Mark Hollomon <mhh@mindspring.com>
Carsten Niehaus <cniehaus@kde.org>
Médéric Boquien <mboquien@free.fr>
Alexey Khudyakov <alexey.skladnoy@gmail.com>
Jérôme Sonrier <jsid@emor3j.fr.eu.org>
Harry de Valence <hdevalence@gmail.com>
Victor Carbune <victor.carbune@kdemail.net>
Rafał Kułaga <rl.kulaga@gmail.com>
Samikshan Bairagya <samikshan@gmail.com>
Rishab Arora <ra.rishab@gmail.com>
Robert Lancaster <rlancaste@gmail.com>

KStars is Free Software, released under the GNU Public License.
See COPYING for GPL license information.
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1.  Important URLs and files.
-----------------------------

The KStars homepage is: http://edu.kde.org/kstars/

You can obtain the latest version via git from:
git://anongit.kde.org/kstars

Installation instructions are in the file INSTALL.

This is the file README.


2. KStars documentation
-----------------------

The KStars handbook can be found in your $(KDEDIR)/share/doc/HTML/<lang>/kstars/
directory.  You can also easily access it from the Help menu, or by pressing
the [F1] key, or by visiting http://edu.kde.org/kstars/handbook/

In addition, there are the following README files:

README:             This file; general information
README.planetmath:  Explanation of algorithms used to compute planet positions
README.customize:   Advanced customization options
README.images:      Copyright information for images used in KStars.
README.i18n:        Instructions for translators


3. Credits
----------
A. The KStars Team

Main contributors:
   Jason Harris <kstars@30doradus.org>
   Jasem Mutlaq <mutlaqja@ikarustech.com>
   Akarsh Simha <akarsh.simha@kdemail.net>
   James Bowlin <bowlin@mindspring.com>
   Heiko Evermann <heiko@evermann.de>
   Thomas Kabelmann <tk78@gmx.de>
   Pablo de Vicente <pvicentea@wanadoo.es>
   Mark Hollomon <mhh@mindspring.com>
   Carsten Niehaus <cniehaus@kde.org>
   Médéric Boquien <mboquien@free.fr>
   Alexey Khudyakov <alexey.skladnoy@gmail.com>
   Jérôme Sonrier <jsid@emor3j.fr.eu.org>
   Harry de Valence <hdevalence@gmail.com>
   Victor Carbune <victor.carbune@kdemail.net>
   Rafał Kułaga <rl.kulaga@gmail.com>
   Samikshan Bairagya <samikshan@gmail.com>
   Rishab Arora <ra.rishab@gmail.com>
   Robert Lancaster <rlancaste@gmail.com>

B. Data Sources:

 Most of the catalog data came from the Astronomical Data Center, run by
 NASA.  The website is:
 http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/

 NGC/IC data is compiled by Christian Dersch from OpenNGC database.
 https://github.com/mattiaverga/OpenNGC
 Check LICENSE_OpenNGC for license details (CC-BY-SA-4.0)

 Supernovae data is from the Open Supernova Catalog project at https://sne.space
 Please refer to the published paper here: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016arXiv160501054G

 KStars links to the excellent image collections and HTML pages put together
 by the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, at:
 http://www.seds.org

 KStars links to the online Digitized Sky Survey images, which you can
 query at:
 http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form

 KStars links to images from the HST Heritage project, and from HST
 press releases:
 http://heritage.stsci.edu
 http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/pr.html

 KStars links to images from the Advanced Observer Program at
 Kitt Peak National Observatory.  If you are interested in astrophotography,
 you might consider checking out their program:
 http://www.noao.edu/outreach/aop/

 Credits for each image used in the program are listed in README.images


C. Acknowledgements

 KStars is a labor of love.  It started as a personal hobby of mine, but
 very soon after I first posted the code on Sourceforge, it started to
 attract other developers.  I am just completely impressed and gratified
 by my co-developers.  I couldn't ask for a more talented, friendly crew.
 It goes without saying that KStars would be nowhere near what it is today
 without their efforts.  Together, we've made something we can all be
 proud of.

 We used (primarily) two books as a guide in writing the algorithms used
 in KStars:
 + "Practical Astronomy With Your Calculator" by Peter Duffett-Smith
 + "Astronomical Algorithms" by Jean Meeus

 Thanks to the developers of Qt and KDE whose peerless API made KStars
 possible.  Thanks also to the tireless efforts of the KDE translation
 teams, who bring KStars to a global audience.

 Thanks to everyone at the KDevelop message boards and on irc.kde.org,
 for answering my frequent questions.

 Thanks also to the many users who have submitted bug reports or other
 feedback.


You're still reading this? :)
Well, that's about it.  I hope you enjoy KStars!

Jason Harris
kstars@30doradus.org

KStars Development Mailing list
kstars-devel@kde.org

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