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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.

Star Walk 2 Night Sky Map: Watch Stars and Planets
Night Sky
StarMap 3D+: Night Sky, Astronomy, Star View Guide
Star Walk - Find Stars And Planets in Sky Above
Redshift - Astronomy

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Find stars in your sky
Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

Sky Guide

Fifth Star Labs LLC

Hold your device to sky and get details on the cosmic objects above you.

Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day offers Apple Watch support, 3D Touch ability, a widget for your Home screen, and a catalog with millions of stars. Hold your device up to the sky and get details on what you see.

Discover new depths
Star Walk 2 Night Sky Map: Watch Stars and Planets

Star Walk 2 Night Sky Map

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.

Explore the sky
Night Sky

Night Sky

iCandi Apps

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

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.

StarMap 3D+: Night Sky, Astronomy, Star View Guide
StarMap 3D+: Night Sky, Astronomy, Star View Guide

StarMap 3D+

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.

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 that will 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.

Also Good

Apps with average score

Star Walk HD - Night Sky Map
Star Walk HD - Night Sky Map
Star Walk HD - Night Sky Map

Star Walk HD - Night Sky Map

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...

Redshift - Astronomy
Redshift - Astronomy
Redshift - Astronomy

Redshift - Astronomy

USM

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...

SkySafari 5 Plus
SkySafari 5 Plus
SkySafari 5 Plus

SkySafari 5 Plus

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

SkySafari 5 Plus is more than the basic astronomy app, and this is its best version yet! It's a full-featured space simulator with telescope control. Note that there is no discount upgrade path from SkySafari Plus to Pro. Choose carefully! Here's what's new:

1) Complete support for iOS 10!

2) Support for...

SkySafari 5 Pro
SkySafari 5 Pro
SkySafari 5 Pro

SkySafari 5 Pro

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

SkySafari 5 Pro is the ultimate astronomy app. It has the largest database of any astronomy app, includes every solar system object ever discovered and offers flawless telescope control. Here's what's new in this version:

1) Complete support for iOS 10!

2) Support for Apple Watch! The Sun, Moon, Planets, and more...

SkySafari 5
SkySafari 5
SkySafari 5

SkySafari 5

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

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Countdown to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun with SkySafari.

New eclipse feature lets you know exactly when the eclipse will start in your location, how long it will last and when it will end. Use the interactive eclipse path map to explore the eclipse from other locations...

Redshift Pro - Astronomy
Redshift Pro - Astronomy
Redshift Pro - Astronomy

Redshift Pro - Astronomy

USM

*** Get the complete astronomy package at half price – this weekend only! ***

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...

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...

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...

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...

Star Tracker Lite - Night Sky Map for StarGazing
Star Tracker Lite - Night Sky Map for StarGazing
Star Tracker Lite - Night Sky Map for StarGazing

Star Tracker Lite - Night Sky Map for StarGazing

Shen Ji Pan

== Best StarGazing experience @60fps! ==
== Video: http://tiny.cc/starvideo ==

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...

Starglobe: Discover the night sky
Starglobe: Discover the night sky
Starglobe: Discover the night sky

Starglobe: Discover the night sky

Azurcoding

Is it a star or the planet Mars? Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more! No setup required.


Starglobe is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or...

Starglobe: Planet Finder & Solar System Explorer
Starglobe: Planet Finder & Solar System Explorer
Starglobe: Planet Finder & Solar System Explorer

Starglobe: Planet Finder & Solar System Explorer

Azurcoding

Is it a star or the planet Mars? Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more! No setup required.


Starglobe is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or...

GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide
GoSkyWatch Planetarium for iPad - Astronomy Guide
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"...

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...

StarMap 3D: Night Sky, Astronomy & Star Guide
StarMap 3D: Night Sky, Astronomy & Star Guide
StarMap 3D: Night Sky, Astronomy & Star Guide

StarMap 3D: Night Sky, Astronomy & Star Guide

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....

Find Rosetta
Find Rosetta
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...

iStellar
iStellar
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...

Sky Walk
Sky Walk
Sky Walk

Sky Walk

VIMAL BHANVADIYA

The Sky Walk is a magical new app that enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites you can see above. Just stand anywhere and hold your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad up to the sky and The Sky Walk will display the names of the...

Sky Walk Lite
Sky Walk Lite
Sky Walk Lite

Sky Walk Lite

VIMAL BHANVADIYA

The Sky Walk is a magical new app that enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and even satellites you can see above. Just stand anywhere and hold your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad up to the sky and The Sky Walk will display the names of the...

Other Apps

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SkySafari 4 Plus: Map the Universe!  Discover Sun, Moon, Mars, Stars, Planets, and Satellites with your telescope and NASA space missions!

SkySafari 4 Plus: Map the Universe! Discover Sun, Moon, Mars, Stars, Planets, and Satellites with your telescope and NASA space missions!

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

***SkySafari has been upgraded! For more information on the NEW SkySafari 5 Plus for iOS, visit SkySafariAstronomy.com or search for SkySafari 5 Plus in the App Store!***

Looking for more than the basic astronomy app? Then SkySafari 4 Plus is the app for you! Search from a hugely expanded object database and enjoy more than 800 high-resolution images from NASA spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope, and world’s foremost astro-photographers!

Want to learn more about the night sky? Just hold your device up, and SkySafari 4 Plus will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart updates automatically with your real time movements for the ultimate stargazing experience.

See an eclipse now, in the past or in the future! Simulate the night sky from anywhere on Earth up to 10,000 years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, comet approaches, conjunctions, and other celestial events with Time Flow.

Trying to locate the Sun, Mars, or the Moon? Search from our extensive database and track the arrow to be directed to their exact locations in the sky before you. See spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets!

Learn about the history, mythology, and science of stargazing! Browse from over 1500 encyclopedic object descriptions and astronomical photographs. Explore tons of NASA space missions! Stay up-to-date with SkyWeek, for all major sky events every day – miss nothing!

Searching for an app to control your telescope? SkySafari 4 Plus also adds wired or wireless control for Celestron, Meade, Orion, SkyWatcher, and many other telescopes. Point your GoTo or “Push-To” telescope anywhere in the sky, and see the rings of Saturn! Plan observing sessions with Observing Lists, log your observations, and share with friends!

All this is built into SkySafari 4 Plus – no need for an Internet connection. It is the most comprehensive astronomy app – a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket and puts the universe at your fingertips!

SkySafari 4 Plus turns your device into a 21st century telescope controller! More astronomers use our apps for telescope control than any other app – SkySafari 4 Plus will keep anyone with a small backyard telescope busy for years! It will become your go-to celestial travel guide!

Additional Features:

• 2.5 million stars; 31,000 deep sky objects including the entire NGC/IC catalog; over 200 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies; all major planets and moons; over 4,000 updateable asteroids, comets, and satellites including the International Space Station (ISS).

• Animated meteor showers with complete viewing information & spectacular graphics.

• Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.

• Time Flow – Follow the motion of sky objects as days, months, and years are compressed into a few seconds.

• SkyWeek – Daily interactive star chart and links to more articles on Sky & Telescope’s website.

• Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name. Results are sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, and more!

• Orbit Mode – Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly like a NASA space probe. Travel through our solar system, and open new horizons!

• Apple Maps Integration – Choose your location from a built-in Maps view.

• Horizon Panoramas – Angel Island, Mauna Kea Observatory, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Snowbird Summit, Trinity Alps, Yerba Buena Gardens, or customize your own!

• Telescope Control – Using your device’s built-in WiFi, and our SkyFi or SkyWire serial accessories (sold separately).

• For even more features, check out SkySafari 4 Pro!

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 star chart in your pocket! Look through the eyes of your iPhone or iPad* to see a high-tech window into the whole visible universe.

All you have to do is point your AR enabled device* at the sky and Star Chart ∞ will tell you exactly what you are looking at.

Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D simulation of the visible universe, and a great deal of technical wizardry, Star Chart ∞ calculates – in real time - the current location of every star, planet and moon visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!

Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device* at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!

Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your device down!

Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart ∞ will tell you all this and more.


Star Chart Infinite's extensive feature set includes:
- Just point and view. When you hold your device up to the sky, Star Chart ∞ will automatically start tracking your movements to match the sky *.

- Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures – perfect for armchair astronomers!

- Accurately depicts all the stars of the northern and southern hemispheres down to magnitude +16 - a total of approximately 2 million stars!

- Fly to and explore all the planets of the solar system, their moons and the sun all rendered in beautiful 3D with state of the art visual effects.

- Using the powerful Time Shift feature, simply tap the time button and smoothly shift up to 10,000 years forward or backward in time.

- Displays all 88 high resolution constellations, with imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.

- Includes the complete Messier catalogue of 110 exotic deep sky objects.

- Contains the location and dates of all the major meteor showers throughout the year. When you're gazing up at the sky during a meteor shower, Star Chart ∞ will ensure you are looking for them in the right place!

- Track comets as they pass in the night sky, trailing magnificent tails and potentially creating new meteor showers. Includes many famous comets such as ISON and Halley.

- Satellites pass overhead all the time. Track and explore the ISS, Hubble & many more of the brightest satellites.

- Tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness.

- Very powerful zoom function, lets you view the sky in extra detail, using intuitive finger gestures.

- Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.

- Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon. So now you can see where the sun is, even at night!

- Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.

- Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your iPhone/iPad* at any angle.

So point your iPhone/iPad* at the sky and see what's out there!

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* Augmented Reality mode is available on devices that include a built-in compass. Manual scrolling is supported on all other devices.

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Star Chart Infinite is published by Escape Velocity Ltd and developed by Escapist Games Ltd. We update Star Chart regularly, so please send us your feedback and feature requests to [email protected]

And thanks for all your feedback so far!

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/starchart
Follow Star Chart on Twitter: StarChartApp

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.

SkySafari 4 Pro: Professional Telescope Astronomy!  Explore Sun, Moon, Mars, Stars, Planets, and Satellites!  Go where NASA space missions have not!

SkySafari 4 Pro: Professional Telescope Astronomy! Explore Sun, Moon, Mars, Stars, Planets, and Satellites! Go where NASA space missions have not!

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

***SkySafari has been upgraded! For more information on the NEW SkySafari 5 Pro for iOS, visit SkySafariAstronomy.com or search for SkySafari 5 Pro in the App Store!***

Looking for the ultimate astronomy app? Then SkySafari 4 Pro is the app for you! Search from the largest object database of any astronomy app, including every solar system object ever discovered, enjoy seamless telescope control, and get NASA’s latest Moons and Mars maps now in breathtaking high definition!

Searching for an app to control your telescope? SkySafari 4 Pro adds wired or wireless control for Celestron, Meade, Orion, and many other telescopes. Point your GoTo or “Push-To” telescope anywhere in the sky, and see the rings of Saturn! Plan observing sessions with Observing Lists, log your observations, and share with friends! More amateur astronomers use our apps for telescope control than any other app.

Want to learn more about the night sky? Just hold your device up, and SkySafari 4 Pro will find stars, constellations, planets, and more! The star chart updates automatically with your real time movements for the ultimate stargazing experience!

See an eclipse now, in the past or in the future! Simulate the night sky from anywhere on Earth up to 1 million years in the past or future! Animate meteor showers, comet approaches, conjunctions, and other celestial events with Time Flow.

Trying to locate the Sun, Mars, or the Moon? Search from our extensive database and track the arrow to be directed to their exact locations in the sky before you. See spectacular views of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and other planets!

Learn about the history, mythology, and science of heavens! Browse from over 1500 encyclopedic object descriptions, 800 astronomical images from NASA spacecraft, Hubble Space Telescope, and world’s foremost astro-photographers! Explore tons of NASA space missions! Stay up-to-date with SkyWeek, for all major sky events every day – miss nothing!

All this is built into the app – no need for an Internet connection. SkySafari 4 Pro will revolutionize your astronomical viewing experience and replace desktop astronomy software costing 10 times more. It is a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket and puts the universe at your fingertips. SkySafari 4 Pro will become your celestial travel guide!

Additional Features:

• 25 million stars from both Hubble Guide Star catalogs; 740,000 galaxies down to the 18th magnitude; 31,000 deep sky objects including the entire NGC/IC catalog; over 630,000 solar system objects including every comet and asteroid ever discovered and satellites such as the International Space Station (ISS).

• NASA’s latest LRO Moon maps, with 8X the resolution of any other SkySafari versions.

• Database includes Guide Star Catalog 2.x stars to magnitude 15, complete General Catalog of Variable Stars, Washington Double Star catalogs, and Variable Stars list containing the brightest and best-known variables.

• Animated meteor showers with complete viewing information & spectacular graphics.

• Night Vision – Preserve your eyesight after dark.

• Time Flow – Follow the motion of sky objects as days, months, and years are compressed into a few seconds.

• SkyWeek – Daily interactive star chart and links to more articles on Sky & Telescope’s website.

• Advanced Search – Find objects using properties other than their name. Results are sortable by name, number, magnitude, RA, and more!

• Orbit Mode – Leave the Earth’s surface behind, and fly like a NASA space probe. Travel through our solar system, and open new horizons!

• Apple Maps Integration – Choose your location from a built-in Maps view.

• Horizon Panoramas – Angel Island, Mauna Kea Observatory, Uluru/Ayers Rock, Snowbird Summit, Trinity Alps, Yerba Buena Gardens, or customize your own!

• Telescope Control – Using your device’s built-in WiFi and our SkyFi or SkyWire accessories (sold separately).

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 which the bodies that are currently above the horizon (the ones with the green icon), or learn more information about the body by clicking on it.

You can add the bodies you most frequently observe to your favorites for easier access, and enable the Today Widget that shows you a daily summary of the Night Sky.

Please leave suggestions for features you would like to see in the comments.

Coming soon:
- Locate the object in the sky by pointing your phone at it
- Integration with a Weather service to give you viewing conditions