One of the first apps for the first generation iPad, Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide, has received a significant update. Version 5.2 is decided to the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight and includes two significant features: a celestial calendar of events and Augmented Reality for iPad 2 owners.

Star Walk, by Vito Technology, is an interactive astronomy guide suitable for youngsters and adults alike. By simply holding your iPad into the sky, the universe comes alive as the app shows constellations, the solar system, stars, and satellites.

The app now includes a celestial calendar giving users a easy way to plan their stargazing.  Events such as Full Moons, Meteor Showers, and upcoming Partial Eclipses are presented, along with other similar happenings.

Perhaps the update’s best enhancement is its new Augmented Reality feature, which works with the iPad 2’s camera. For this to work, users place their tablet into the sky. Instantly, a photo of your current location is overlaid with the app-generated sky, allowing you to literary know what is right above you.

Sample of Augmented Reality for iPad 2 Users

Sample of Augmented Reality for iPad 2 Users

Other improvements include:

  • SEARCH through all the categories at once
  • NEW SKY: true-to-life picture of the skies with glittering stars
  • Moon bug fix: now you can track all the Sun eclipses as precise as never before!
  • Smoother design of control buttons
  • Bug fix

Be sure to check out our November 2010 review of Star Walk.

Star Walk – 5 Stars Astronomy Guide 5.2 is available as a free download to existing customers, costing just $4.99 for new users. It is available now in the App Store.