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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: The Night Sky Map
Sky Guide
StarMap 3D+ Plus
SkyView® Lite
Night Sky

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Star Walk 2: The 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.

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.

StarMap 3D+ Plus
StarMap 3D+ Plus

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.

Move to explore
SkyView® Lite

SkyView® Lite

Terminal Eleven LLC

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

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.

Explore the sky
Night Sky

Night Sky

iCandi Apps Ltd.

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.

SkyView®
SkyView®

SkyView®

Terminal Eleven LLC

SkyView® brings stargazing to everyone

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

Over 2.5 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 perfect stargazer's companion.”
– CNET

"If you’ve ever been looking...

Star Chart
Star Chart

Star Chart

ESCAPE VELOCITY LIMITED

*** Star Chart is now FREE

*** 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 high-tech window into the whole visible universe.

All you have to...

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Star Tracker Lite-Live Sky Map
Star Tracker Lite-Live Sky Map
Star Tracker Lite-Live Sky Map

Star Tracker Lite-Live Sky Map

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...

Pocket Universe - Astronomy
Pocket Universe - Astronomy
Pocket Universe - Astronomy

Pocket Universe - Astronomy

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...

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 2 Ads+:Night Sky Map
Star Walk 2 Ads+:Night Sky Map
Star Walk 2 Ads+:Night Sky Map

Star Walk 2 Ads+:Night Sky Map

Vito Technology Inc.

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

⁕BEST OF 2014: The next generation...

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...

Star Charts by Wil Tirion
Star Charts by Wil Tirion
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...

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...

Luminos
Luminos
Luminos

Luminos

Wobbleworks LLC

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...

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...

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:Find Stars & Planets
Star Walk:Find Stars & Planets
Star Walk:Find Stars & Planets

Star Walk:Find Stars & Planets

Vito Technology Inc.

Star Walk is the most beautiful stargazing app you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. It will become your interactive guide to the night sky, following your every movement in real-time and allowing you to explore over 200, 000 celestial bodies with extensive information.

***Over 10 million users! Winner of Apple...

Star Walk HD - Night Sky View
Star Walk HD - Night Sky View
Star Walk HD - Night Sky View

Star Walk HD - Night Sky View

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...

GoSkyWatch Planetarium
GoSkyWatch Planetarium
GoSkyWatch Planetarium

GoSkyWatch Planetarium

GoSoftWorks

Many times when camping, the sky is incredibly clear and you have a beautiful star field above to admire. The GoSkyWatch Planetarium is an amazing app that identifies the stars and constellations based on your location and the orientation of your iPhone. The apps takes full advantage of the compass...

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...

GoSkyWatch Planetarium iPad
GoSkyWatch Planetarium iPad
GoSkyWatch Planetarium iPad

GoSkyWatch Planetarium iPad

GoSoftWorks

Easily and quickly identify and locate stars, planets, constellations, galaxies 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...

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...

Skywalker - Astronomy Guide
Skywalker - Astronomy Guide
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...

Star & Planet Finder
Star & Planet Finder
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,...

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...

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...

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 -...

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Sky Above

Sky Above

DW:design

Sky Above is a star gazing app that allows you to view where in the sky stars, constellations, planets and satellites are above you in the sky.

Now updated for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, also with tracking for the Hubble Space Telescope!

Best of all, you can see the real sky in the app too using your device's camera!

Just hold your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch up to the sky and all will be revealed to you.

Sky Above uses your location provided by GPS and compass built into your device to work out where you are and what to show you.

Next time you see that bright dot next to the moon in the sky and wonder if it's Jupiter, why not open up Sky Above and find out!

- 3D Solar System explorer
- Track over 150 satellite locations
- Find out where the International Space Station or the Hubble Space Telescope is
- Track the locations of all 8 planets and also dwarf planet, Pluto
- View the constellations
- Accurate phases of the moon
- Search for any of the named stars, constellations or planets and view more information

Night Skyview Star Rover Space

Night Skyview Star Rover Space

Aysha Sehar

The Night Sky View is a magical app that enables you to identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations, and even satellites you can see above. All you have to do is point out the star at the night sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at. Even if your view is obscured by clouds or daylight, The Sky Star Finder app will know which stars, planets, galaxies, constellations, and satellites are hiding from your view. You have to use this app to realize just how amazing it is.

How To Play:
- First of all, Choose the mode i.e VR mode or touch mode from settings to find detailed information about planets.
- In touch mode, just point out the star and hold on for a second to get detailed information about the planet.
- The procedure is the same in VR mode to recognize the constellations for any time of night, any day of the year.

Features:
- Identify hundreds of objects in the night sky.
- Amaze anyone you show it to, works just like magic.
- HD graphics, awesome music and sound effects
- Easy to use and intuitive controls.
- Detailed information about the planets you will visit
- Ideal educational introduction for kids
- Fly through the solar system in free flight mode.

Night Sky is a Solar System Explorer app that includes a great deal of information about the planetary system. Detailing cloud cover, temperature, wind speeds, and visibility, categorized into simple icons informing you of whether stargazing conditions are good, fair, or poor.

A fully searchable in depth pack of data about thousands of objects in the Sky Star Finder. Completely redesigned and packed full of new content, prepare to be blown away with fascinating facts about our universe.

Including accurate weekly live data on moon phases, sunrise and sunset times, daylight duration, and sun elevation ensuring users are both fully equipped and well-informed in their stargazing.

Night Sky Map is a perfect educational tool for astronomy stargazing for students and space enthusiasts of all ages. It can be used by teachers of science during the lesson, by students for preparing projects, by parents to introduce their children to the basics of astronomy and by anyone interested in space and sky.

It's your interactive sky guide to the constellation, planet, and star sky maps.

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.

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 in College” Jeffreyr09
“Best app you can get for money, and you can bet that.” Tom 95978
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Major features:
• Discover celestial objects: The app tells you which stars, constellations and planets are currently visible in the night sky from your location; furthermore, it shows you the way to any celestial body you want to study.
• 3D flights: Travel to any location within the Solar System; orbit the planets and their moons, and land on their surfaces.
• Observation planner for Sun, Moon and bright planets
• Comprehensive database: Browse more than 100,000 stars, 70,000 spectacular deep sky objects, 500 asteroids, 16 comets and 26 moons as well as all planets and dwarf planets.

• 3D graphics: Watch detailed representations of the planets, moons, asteroids and comets as well as bright and planetary nebulae, star clusters and many other deep sky objects.

• Ten interactive Guided Tours explain the major facts of astronomy and various fascinating events in the sky.

• Spacecrafts: Observe the satellites surrounding the Earth

• Night vision mode and many additional panoramas and background sounds

Expand your Redshift app via In-App Purchase – enjoy using the telescope control and “Sky Diary”, calculate the visibility conditions for your own list of celestial objects and spacecraft.


Further versions: Redshift Compact for beginners, Redshift Pro with many additional features, and telescope control.
Overview of all Redshift versions: www.redshift-live.de/features

*****
Questions or suggestions for improvements:
Mail to [email protected]
We are looking forward to your feedback!

For more information on news and updates: www.redshift-live.com
or visit us on www.facebook.com/redshiftplanetariumsoftware

*****

Redshift Pro - Astronomy

Redshift Pro - Astronomy

USM

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 app available. Highly customizable and a great educational tool. I’ve used this app in the field many times with perfect results.” Hefe42
“Absolutely love it! Redshift is as important on telescoping nights as is my telescope! Very informative.” Dudettsky
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Premium features:
- Telescope Control for Meade and Celestron telescopes (except Celestron NexStar Evolution series)
- Planetarium with more than 2.5 million stars, 70,000 spectacular deep sky objects, 4,000 asteroids, 800 comets and 26 moons as well as all planets and dwarf planets
- Online access to USNO-B1.0-Catalogue ( > one billion stars) and databases of spacecraft
- Extended observation planner for Sun, Moon, Planets, Satellites and many other celestial objects as well as weather info
- Sky Diary for solar and lunar eclipses, conjunctions, and meteor showers
- 3D models of the Milky Way, of planets, moons, asteroids and comets, bright and planetary nebulae, star clusters and many other deep sky objects
- Eclipse maps and supernova simulations
- Planetary and lunar gazetteers
- 5 basic coordinate systems
- Numerical integration of asteroid and comet movement
- Time interval: on board 1000 - 2500 AD; download 3000 BC – 3000 AD
- 25 guided tours and astronomical dictionary

Further versions: Redshift Compact for beginners, Redshift for advanced users.
Overview of all Redshift versions: www.redshift-live.com/features

*****
Questions or suggestions for improvements:
Mail to [email protected]
We are looking forward to your feedback!

For more information on news and updates: www.redshift-live.com or visit us on www.facebook.com/redshiftplanetariumsoftware

*****

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

Noctua Software Ltd

Stellarium Mobile is a planetarium app that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars.

This award-winning astronomy application will let you explore the sky and identify stars, constellations, planets, comets, satellites such as the ISS, and other deep sky objects in real time in the sky above you in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at the sky!

Stellarium Mobile has an easy to use and minimalist user interface that makes it one of the best astronomical applications for children and adults who want to discover the night sky.

It features:

• a catalog of over 600,000 stars displayed as a real time zoomable sky map

• a catalog of many nebulas, galaxies, star clusters and other deep sky objects

• asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for several sky cultures: discover how people see the stars in other parts of the planet

• artificial satellites, including the International Space Station

• realistic Milky Way and Deep Sky Objects images

• 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) protecting your eyes when doing sky observation at night time

• view a night sky map of stars and planets for any date, time and location

Stellarium Mobile is created by two of the original developers of Stellarium, one of the best astronomy applications on Desktop PC.

Starry Night High School

Starry Night High School

Simulation Curriculum Corp.

The Starry Night High School App for the iPad is the most comprehensive educational astronomy app - period. Use it with your introductory astronomy textbook or on its own. It's a powerful, portable planetarium that fits in your backpack. It puts thousands of stars and planets at your fingertips. It lets you find objects in the sky using your iPad’s built-in compass and accelerometer.

The Starry Night High School App includes thousands of astronomical images, and contains encyclopedic descriptions of the constellations, stars and planets. 35 lessons are built in to the application and correlated to 9th through 12th grade standards. Integrated exercises are joined to hundreds of simulations, images and interactions! The exercises are even mapped to popular astronomy textbooks. A massive object database and the ability to leave Earth and fly into orbit around any Solar System object or nearby star is a most popular feature. It shows you 2.6 million stars, and 31,000 deep sky objects - including the entire NGC/IC catalog and it includes nearly 18,000 asteroids, comets, and satellites with updateable orbits.

The Starry Night High School App for the iPad is guaranteed to make it easier for astronomy students to visually grasp the concepts of astronomy. You’ll be amazed at what you learn and what a great time you'll have with your course and this program.

Exercise Topics Include:
• Earth, Moon and Sun
• Solar System
• The Planets
• Small Solar System Bodies
• Star Finding and Constellations
• The Sun as a Star
• The Stars
• Galaxies and the Universe
• Space Exploration and Technology