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Learn About The Night Sky With These Apps

Ever just lay back and stare at the stars? With this amazing collection of apps you can bring the stars to life and learn about the wonderment of the glistening constellations that are light years away. In real time find out where different stars are in the sky and see awesome constellations come to life.

Sky Guide
Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Map
Redshift - Astronomy
StarMap 3D+ Plus: Sky Guide
Redshift Pro - Astronomy

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Superimpose the stars on your sky
Sky Guide

Sky Guide

Fifth Star Labs LLC

The augmented reality app for viewing the night sky

When learning about the stars and planets, you need an app that really guides you through the cosmos. With the help of ARKit, that's exactly what this one does.

Discover new depths
Star Walk 2 - Night Sky Map

Star Walk 2

Vito Technology Inc.

Learn about what you see in the sky with this handy tool for stargazers.

Star Walk 2 offers astronomical details on the stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, and much more. The app offers 3-D imagery, soft music, and a plethora of information that star gazers will enjoy. There is also iMessage support with a quiz to play with friends.

Luminos
Luminos

Luminos

Wobbleworks LLC

Luminos is the award-winning, all-in-one astronomy app that goes beyond simple stargazing by combining millions of celestial objects into a beautifully-rendered space simulation to amaze you

For die hard astronomy fans, Luminos is probably the solution for you. This app is essentially a virtual telescope that takes you on a 3D tour of galaxies filled with planets, stars and other space objects. Luminos also presents up-to-date facts and constellation viewing as well. Overall, if you have ever wanted to see a detailed view of the surface of a planet, then give this app a try.

Redshift - Astronomy
Redshift - Astronomy

Redshift

USM

Redshift brings the night sky to your screen

Redshift brings the night sky to your screen. Explore alien planets, enhance your knowledge with detailed information on astronomy and space travel - and never miss an important celestial event.

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What users say:
"Incredible! So life like! Best app out there” Zeexh
"Awesome […] Helped me a lot with my astronomy class in College” Jeffreyr09
“Best app you can get for money, and...

StarMap 3D+ Plus: Sky Guide
StarMap 3D+ Plus: Sky Guide

StarMap 3D+ Plus

Sanville Software

Get cosmic details and real-time positioning of the ISS.

StarMap 3D+: Night Sky, Astronomy, Star View Guide uses a compass and a gyroscope for finding stars, satellites, planets, and more. The app includes details for over 100,000 stars, more than 6,000 cosmic objects, and over 80 constellations.

Redshift Pro - Astronomy
Redshift Pro - Astronomy

Redshift Pro

USM

Redshift Pro is the most advanced version of the leading astronomy app Redshift, especially for professional skywatching

Redshift Pro is the most advanced version of the leading astronomy app Redshift, especially for professional skywatching!

Control your telescope with Redshift Pro and plan your observations with the individually configurable observation planner. With the help of the Sky Diary you will not miss any celestial event.

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What Redshift – Astronomy users say:
“Fantastic! This is far and away the best astronomy...

Also Good

Apps with average score

Explore the sky
Night Sky

Raise your wrist or your phone and identify what’s in the sky.

Night Sky

Night Sky

iCandi Apps

Night Sky 4 provides support for Apple Watch and Time Travel with the crown. Learn about the stars, planets, and constellations you see. The app also includes animated 3-D models, gesture controls, and notifications for International Space Station events.

Move to explore
SkyView® Lite

Point and identify, set reminders for cosmic events, and enjoy learning about astronomy.

SkyView® Lite

SkyView® Lite

Terminal Eleven LLC

SkyView Free - Explore the Universe offers sky paths, time travel, and point-to-identify features. Set reminders for events and share images on social media.

Pocket Universe
Pocket Universe
Pocket Universe

Pocket Universe

John Kennedy

Pocket Universe is a great program for stargazing and includes a searchable database of thousands and thousands of objects, night vision mode, a near-perfect digital compass, and many, many more features. Pocket Universe can be as simple or as complicated as you would like it to be, and it is...

SkySafari 6 Pro
SkySafari 6 Pro
SkySafari 6 Pro

SkySafari 6 Pro

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

SkySafari 6 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered, offers unparalleled accuracy, flawless telescope control, Augmented Reality (AR) mode, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover...

Star Walk 2 Ads+: Sky Guide
Star Walk 2 Ads+: Sky Guide
Star Walk 2 Ads+: Sky Guide

Star Walk 2 Ads+: Sky Guide

Vito Technology Inc.

Star Walk 2 is an exquisite stargazing app enabling you to explore the night sky through the screen of your device. Make an effortless journey through thousands of stars, comets, and constellations. All you have to do is point your device to the sky!

Star Walk 2 taps your device’s sensors...

Starmap 2
Starmap 2
Starmap 2

Starmap 2

Fredd

Discover the power of a professional sky atlas in the palm of your hand.
Starmap 2 is an intelligent sky navigation tool, written by a professional of the field.

Starmap is also working on your watch !

Hold the device in your line of vision and discover the map smoothly scanning the sky...

SkyView® - Explore the Universe
SkyView® - Explore the Universe
SkyView® - Explore the Universe

SkyView® - Explore the Universe

Terminal Eleven LLC

SkyView® brings stargazing to everyone. Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, planets, satellites, and more!

Over 1.7 million downloads.

App Store Rewind 2011 -- Best Education App

“If you've ever wanted to know what you're looking at in the night sky, this app is the...

Star Chart
Star Chart
Star Chart

Star Chart

ESCAPE VELOCITY LIMITED

*** Star Chart is now FREE! *** The top educational & augmented reality astronomy app - download and find out why over 20 million people use Star Chart!

You can now have a virtual star chart in your pocket. Look through the eyes of your iPhone or iPad* to see a...

Star Map Tracker: Stargazing
Star Map Tracker: Stargazing
Star Map Tracker: Stargazing

Star Map Tracker: Stargazing

Yuriy Kvasha

Star Map Tracker is a stargazing augmented reality app with more than 3k stars and constellations.
This app will guide you through most known stars and show all necessary information (right ascension, declination, azimuth, elevation and etc.) You can use all of this data for pointing your telescope or point your...

StarTracker Lite-Mobile SkyMap
StarTracker Lite-Mobile SkyMap
StarTracker Lite-Mobile SkyMap

StarTracker Lite-Mobile SkyMap

Shen Ji Pan

Hey, get outdoor with your friends and start star gazing! Let StarTracker guide you to explore the universe.

Just hold up and point the device to the sky and have fun! You can see any stars, constellations and deep sky objects you are watching in reality.

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What our user said:
"Best star...

StarMap 3D
StarMap 3D
StarMap 3D

StarMap 3D

Sanville Software

Use your iPhone's compass and gyroscope to find planets, constellations, and more with crisp, colorful, high-definition Retina graphics that use every pixel of your iPhone! Hold the universe in your pocket!

• Try StarMap 3D Plus for iPad support, more stars, thousands of Deep Sky Objects, and original constellation artwork....

Star Walk HD - Night Sky Guide
Star Walk HD - Night Sky Guide
Star Walk HD - Night Sky Guide

Star Walk HD - Night Sky Guide

Vito Technology Inc.

Star Walk is a wonderful program that allows you to find just about anything you want in a slick interface and beautiful graphics. Star Walk shines (no pun intended) on the iPhone and iPod Touch, but if you want the ultimate experience then you must get this program for the...

Live Sky
Live Sky
Live Sky

Live Sky

Dapperfinch Inc.

Live Sky is an Astronomy app for the Star Gazer who wants to quickly look up the live coordinates (Right Ascension, Declination, Altitude and Azimuth) for planets in our Solar system, the Moon, the Sun, 110 Brightest Stars in the sky and 110 Deep Sky Objects (Messier Objects).

Easily tell...

Classic Sky Map 2
Classic Sky Map 2
Classic Sky Map 2

Classic Sky Map 2

X04 Studios Inc.

Ever wonder why so many astronomy apps are so hard to use? We do. So we made Classic Sky Map simple and intuitive enough for anyone to enjoy. The user interface is beautiful and straightforward, the controls are easy to use and most settings are just a tap or two...

Star Chart Infinite
Star Chart Infinite
Star Chart Infinite

Star Chart Infinite

ESCAPE VELOCITY LIMITED

Buy Star Chart Infinite and get all the in-app upgrades of Star Chart included for free!

Star Chart Infinite is the ultimate version of the top Educational & Augmented Reality app - download and find out why more than 18 Million people use Star Chart world-wide!

You can now have a virtual...

Ad Astra - Star Atlas
Ad Astra - Star Atlas
Ad Astra - Star Atlas

Ad Astra - Star Atlas

Martijn de Meulder

An essential tool for every astronomer. The star atlas that makes it really easy to pick the best objects, make your own observation list and use it when you are outside + free Apple Watch app!

Ad Astra contains detailed maps of all 88 constellations, descriptions of more than 1200 of...

SkyKey
SkyKey
SkyKey

SkyKey

Meade Instruments

Unlock the wonders of the universe with SkyKey, an amazing planetarium application for your device.

SkyKey shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars. It enables to point your device at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets...

Star Chart VR
Star Chart VR
Star Chart VR

Star Chart VR

ESCAPE VELOCITY LIMITED

The ultimate virtual reality experience: A VR Planetarium! Star Chart VR lets you explore the solar system and night sky in a beautiful and accurate real-time simulation.

*** Star Chart VR is the virtual reality version of the hugely successful augmented reality astronomy & star gazing app - Star Chart -...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

iStellar

iStellar

AstroArts Inc.

iStellar is a planetarium App that shows the starry sky seen from the place and time of your choice. It is optimized for Multi-Touch control, allowing you to operate intuitively; drag to move the star chart, pinch to zoom in and out, and so on.
The star chart can be rotated from portrait to landscape, and you can even fix the location via GPS (only for iPhone 3G).

FEATURES
- Over 16,000 star data, with name for 254 stars
- Twinkles like actual stars
- Simulates distortion (atmospheric refraction and extinction) at low altitude
- Displays the Sun, daylight, twilight, the Moon (with shape and phase), 8 planets, Pluto
- Shows name, line and picture for all constellations
- Milky Way with real tone
- Plots Messier objects and their names
- Comets with accurate position and magnitude. Data can be downloaded whenever available
- Meteor Shower Radiants
- Solar eclipse simulation with high accuracy
- Adjustable moonlight and light polution
- Landscape and azimuth / direction grid
- Beautiful animation (real-time, adjusted time, reversal)
- Simulates every second between 1 Jan 1900 to 31 Dec 2099
- Switches screen according to the device's orientation
- Zoom by pinching(3 to 180 degrees)
- Easy moving through the sky by dragging, and centering by double-tap
- Object Search function
- Free choice of location and time zone, instant setting with GPS

Star & Planet Finder

Star & Planet Finder

Nir Alperovitch

Star & Planet Finder guides you to see stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the sky.

Simply choose a planet from the list, and move your device according to the pointer display, the pointer represents the planet.

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REVIEWS:

"Sanderson - I have dabbled with astronomy for 30 years, star maps, celestial co-ordinates, Patrick moores year book but this app renders them all obsolete. It makes locating stars and planets Childs play!"


"I am amazed! - I love this app! It does exactly as promised. Got a telescope for Christmas and hated not know what I was looking at or where to find what I wanted to look at. This app made stargazing a million times better for me and my kids!"


"I was thrilled when the cross hairs appeared on screen and Guided me to the planet that I had selected from the list. And that was only the free app!I highly recommend this app for anyone who is curious about the stars above. Well worth the purchase I say."


"Tech at it's best! - Awesome program. Any astronomer knows the computational power needed for these algorithms. And the iPhone sensors are up to the task. Unique. Buy it."

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FEATURES:

- Augmented Reality display - guides you to the chosen star
- Compass, GPS, accelerometer, camera and clock aware

- All 7 planets including Sun and Moon
- All 88 constellations for $0.99 !
- The 300 brightest stars for $0.99 !
- The 150 Brightest Satellites for $0.99 !

- Full Augmented Reality display
- Automatic time sync
- Moon phase display

- Planets information: description, mass, diameter, range
- Constellations Maps
- Satellite tracking map
- Great for astronomy fans

Star Charts by Wil Tirion

Star Charts by Wil Tirion

Astrovisuals

These are serious Star Charts! Not a planetarium-type app suitable for beginners, but rather a very detailed series of charts of the night sky for observers using binoculars or a telescope. Prepared by famous celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, they present the entire sky in the form of 18 charts, 16 covering the equatorial region of the sky (8 each side of the celestial equator) and one for each of the Polar Regions.

Features include:
* Stars down to sixth magnitude; double and variable stars included.
* All Messier objects, plus many NGC and IC catalogue objects.
* Auto detection of your location and presentation of the chart containing the sky directly overhead.
* Choice of positive charts (white on black, recommended to preserve night vision) or negative (black on white – easier to read and better for daytime use.)
* Charts can shown north up or south up to match your location.
* Search charts by constellation or major star name.

Basic default maps show constellation names, constellation lines and major star names only.
Extra layers can be added to reveal:
* Constellations boundaries for all 88 constellations.
* Grid lines and co-ordinates for every hour of Right Ascension and 10º of Declination.
* Star numbers and deep sky object names.

Stars Walk

Stars Walk

Divya Mishra

Stars Walk is a magical new app for sky lovers. It enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites you can see above in night sky.

Just stand anywhere and hold your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad up to the sky and Stars Walk will display the names of the stars, planets and other objects you are able to see, just like magic! Even if your view is obscured by clouds or daylight, the Star Discovery app will know which stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites are hiding from your view!

You have to use this app to realise just how amazing it is! 


Star Walk does this by using your location data provided by the GPS and compass built in to your iOS device. It then cross references your location data with its inbuilt map of the sky and overlays the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites names on your screen.

It really is magical and will amaze you, and anyone you show it to! So next time you're gazing up in to Star Walk and wonder the name of a star, planet, galaxy, constellation or even a satellite, just get out your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and let Star Discovery app amaze your gaze!

Stars Walk really is simply magical!

Find Rosetta

Find Rosetta

CosmoStory

Find Rosetta spacecraft in the sky!

This app, that reproduces the sky in real-time according to your location, will lead you to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the crashed Rosetta probe and RIP Philae.

PINPOINT YOUR DEVICE TOWARDS THE SKY AND FOLLOW THE ARROW: IT WILL LEAD YOU TO THE COMET !

Features:
* Cosmo Laser friendly. Empower your phone with a star pointer.
* Names of the planets and constellations appear in the sky so that you can easily find out your way in the Universe.
* Up-to-date news of astronomy events

This mission was the first one to orbit around a comet and to land on it!
The orbiter Rosetta crashed now on the comet giving a lot a precious scientific data.
Philae landed on its surface but survived just a few hours.

This Free version content ads.
To support our developments test our Audio Guided Tour of the Sky, "Cosmos Story" or buy a Cosmo Laser.
www.cosmostory.com

Skywalker - Astronomy Guide

Skywalker - Astronomy Guide

bitPUNCH

With the app "Night Sky" you can observe the planets of the solar system, stars, constellations, and galaxies directly on your iPhone or iPad.
iPhone and iPad become the virtual windows into the universe - anytime, anywhere!

Simply point your iPhone or iPad at an object in the sky, and the app tells you what you're currently viewing:
All 88 constellations, over 5000 stars and the planets of the solar system.


Features at a glance:

• Auto function:
Automatic determination of the position and orientation in real-time using GPS and compass data.

• Scroll function with zoom:
Scroll and zoom through a beautiful 3D view of the sky.

• Night Mode:
In order not to dazzle your eyes when observing at night, the app offers a special night mode.

• Universal:
Developed for iPhone and iPad.

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Noctua Software Ltd

The most realistic sky map to observe stars, planets and constellations!

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map is a fully-featured planetarium for your phone. It shows a realistic and accurate night sky map, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

The sensor control will help you to identify a star in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at the sky!

This award-winning astronomy application is finally available on iOS featuring:

• a catalog of over 600,000 stars displayed as a real time zoomable sky map
• a catalog of many nebulae and galaxies, with pictures for some of them
• asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for several sky cultures
• artificial satellites, including the International Space Station
• realistic Milky Way
• realistic landscape and atmosphere with sunrise, sunset and light pollution simulation
• accurate simulation of stars extinction, and atmosphere refraction
• 3D rendering of the major solar system planets and their satellites
• night mode (red)
• GPS positioning, accelerometers control of the direction of view in the sky

Stellarium mobile Sky Map is created by two of the original developers of Stellarium, the Desktop version of this famous astronomy and planetarium stars chart app.

GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide

GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide

GoSoftWorks

Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations and more by simply pointing to the sky. Your personal telescope to the wonders in the night sky. Go outside and explore the night sky.

***** As seen in Apple's iPad 2 event
***** Featured on ABC's "The View" show
***** Featured in "Wired" magazine


--- What People Are Saying

"Powerful and easy to use, with excellent animation and the widest zoom range." — D.Schroeder, University professor

"GoSkyWatch Planetarium should not be missed regardless of whether you are a casual or hard-core fan of astronomy." — AppAdvice

"I have more than 10 astronomy apps on my iPhone and this is by far the best. Everything I need and easy to use." — Pat, iTunes reviewer


--- What makes GoSkyWatch different to other astronomy apps?

• Easy to use — No buttons to press or modes to select, just point to the sky to start exploring.

• Designed specifically for efficient outdoor use.

• Touch free identification — No need to keep touching the screen to identify what you see in the sky. Great for those cold nights with gloves on!

• Don't need to hold level — Displays the sky view and information at the correct orientation when held at any angle not just landscape or portrait.

• Gyroscope compass auto calibration — No need to calibrate the gyroscope. Advanced adaptive algorithms for smooth and accurate positioning.

• Unique target identification — Touch drag scheme for greatest accuracy and speed since your finger doesn't actually cover what you are trying to identify.

• Planets shown with relative brightness to stars — No oversized graphics that prevent you from distingishing a planet from surrounding stars.

• Full 180 degree display — See at a glance what is in the sky and where without having to pan around.

• Minimal on screen text — Stars and planets easier to identify since they are not covered by text.

• Popup images — No need to keep zooming in and out just to see what is out there.


Features:

Identify
• Heads up object name, brightness and distance
• Contains all stars visible to the naked eye
• Magnitude adjustment for viewing conditions
• Touchless navigation even for the iPod touch without a compass.

Find
• Looking for a planet, star, constellation or galaxy? Just use the finder and let the arrow guide the way
• Search stars and DSOs sorted by name, distance or magnitude.
• Moon phase calendar
• Sun rise/set times

Explore
• Day, sidereal and time lapse animation
• Over 200 images of planets and deep sky objects
• Messier and Caldwell catalogs with images
• Actual image taken of the Milky Way
• Below horizon display
• Look back in time with the birthday star search. Find out how old you were for the star light seen.

Learn
• Constellation images, boundaries and patterns
• Solar system, star, DSO, constellation Wikipedia
• Ian Ridpath's constellation StarTales
• Interactive graphical ephemeris
• Planet, star, constellation and DSO ephemeris data

More
• High performance graphics
• Easy setup using auto location or built in city list
• Location favorites

* No internet connection required. Internet optionally used for auto location, viewing Wikipedia information and StarTales.

Many more enhancements to come as free updates.

* See web site for video demo

Planisphere

Planisphere

Andreas Schweizer

The digital star map is ideal for learning the constellations and objects in the night sky.

The application generates the star background for arbitrary observer latitudes. It displays stars, constellations and Messier objects. The sun, moon and planets are displayed together with their distance from earth.

You can show and hide constellation lines and the names of stars, constellations and Messier objects by clicking on buttons on the main screen. The background color of the star map can be changed to any color you like.