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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
Star Tracker Lite-Live Sky Map
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.

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

Star Tracker Lite

Shen Ji Pan

Hey, get outdoor with your friends and start star gazing

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 gazing app I've ever used. Very well put together and...

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.

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

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.

StarMap 3D is the portable star atlas for beginners or...

Point your idevice at the sky
Starlight - Explore the Stars

Starlight

ION6, LLC

The sky comes to life.

Point your iDevice at the sky to see what stars, planets, and constellations hover above with this fun reference app.

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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...

SkyView®
SkyView®
SkyView®

SkyView®

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 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...

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...

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 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...

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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.

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...

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...

Redshift Pro - Astronomy
Redshift Pro - Astronomy
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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Starry Night High School
Starry Night High School
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...

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...

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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 objects: star clusters, planetary nebulae, galaxies, double stars and variable stars. All within reach of amateur telescopes and in a lot of cases, also viewable in binoculars.

If you like an object, just press the + sign next to it to add to your personal observation list. When you go outside at night, use the large maps in the special red night vision mode to find the object and start observing.

Ad Astra covers both the northern and southern skies. And supports both your iPhone and iPad, you only have to pay once to use Ad Astra on both devices!

Ad astra is made for everyone who likes to explore the heavens with a reliable tool. If you are done with planetarium apps and up for some real star gazing, this is your way to go deeper.

Ad Astra has been built upon open Astronomical data. It features deep sky objects up until visual magnitude 12. What do you want to see tonight? Start now.

We received some great reviews from around the globe, just a small sample:

Great app! *****
by rmac500000009 - Version - 1.4 - Jun 19, 2015
Great app if you want to learn the night sky. Better than any book atlas I own.

Ad Astra - A very useful app for the backyard astronomer *****
by Labelme - Version - 1.4 - Jul 11, 2015
Just discovered this very useful app. It brings all the constellations at the tip of your finger. Very nice when observing at the telescope. There are plenty of useful astronomical apps - planétariums, planning apps, etc. but very few atlases and this one is very nicely designed. The free app convinced me to get the Pro version... I suggest you give it a try...

Old school *****
by Smokin' Now - Version - 1.4 - Apr 12, 2015
Reminds me of my old Norton Star atlas, great observing notes and observation list. If you want a good guide to the night sky this is what you want.


Disclaimer
We do our utmost to deliver you the best software and data available in the market, but of course we cannot guarantee - nor will we accept any responsibility regarding - the proper functioning or accuracy of both. Data sources can change over time. You can not derive rights from this information. By downloading and using Ad Astra - Sky Atlas you accept these terms.

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.

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 or deep space objects are out there in real time.

It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.

SkyKey has a full set of features in order to help both casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to explore and locate the objects in the sky:
- sky objects video tours
- constellations with Johannes Hevelius’s artwork
- images for Messier objects
- multiple settings (manual location, time, map customization, etc)
- interactive zoom
- night mode
- constellations, stars, deep space and solar system objects information
- fast loading and initialization
- point to sky mode
- improved sky map graphics: planet images, star colors, diffraction spikes, etc
- alt/az grid

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.

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

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 - downloaded by over 20 million people world-wide. ***

Delight in exploring the solar system, from the Sun to the smallest moons of Saturn and out to the coldest, darkest, farthest reaches of Pluto. Gaze down and marvel at our solar system from above. Look up in wonder at the rings of Saturn. Feel the awe of floating in space around worlds no human has yet set foot on. Understand how the constellations of our night sky are made up of stars distant to each other in both space and time. Embrace the impossible distances of our solar system and the inordinate scale of our universe.

Star Chart for Virtual Reality currently includes:
- An accurate real-time simulation of the visible stars and planets as you see them from Earth
- A 3D solar system to explore, including the Sun, the planets and major moons
- All 88 constellations based on the beautiful artwork of 17th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius
- And much much more.

What better way to learn about the night sky and astronomy than to immerse yourself as a virtual astronaut travelling through space. This experience is the perfect way for both the young and old to let their inner child experience the thrills of embracing the final frontier.

Please NOTE:
- Star Chart VR requires a Cardboard viewer to use (button / trigger enabled). Learn more and get your own Cardboard viewer at http://g.co/cardboard
- Virtual Reality is best experienced running at 60 frames per second. Most high end modern phones will provide you with smooth frame-rate (a result of processing speed) and seamless head tracking (a result of sensor update speed and accuracy). Star Chart for VR was developed on an iPhone 6 and runs beautifully on this and higher end devices.
- Written from the ground up for Virtual Reality, Star Chart VR is in many ways a superior product to the original Star Chart, but please do not expect full feature parity. We will continue to develop and enhance Star Chart VR over time, so at some point Star Chart VR may reach parity (where applicable), but there are no promises.

Feel free to provide us with your thoughts, feedback and feature requests, and for help using Star Chart VR please see the Virtual Reality section of our Star Chart User Guide: www.escapistgames.com/starchart/instruction_manual.html