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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
Night Sky
Redshift - Astronomy
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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

Also Good

Apps with average score

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.

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, and provides the very best experience under the stars when you depend on it. Discover why SkySafari 6 Pro...

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...

Star Globe: AR Night Sky Guide
Star Globe: AR Night Sky Guide
Star Globe: AR Night Sky Guide

Star Globe: AR Night Sky Guide

Azurcoding

Starglobe is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find your favorite constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate the Moon, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.


You...

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...

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...

Night Sky Map: Planet Explorer
Night Sky Map: Planet Explorer
Night Sky Map: Planet Explorer

Night Sky Map: Planet Explorer

Alexander Markl

Starglobe is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find your favorite constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate the Moon, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.


You...

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...

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
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 also enable you to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Sky Walk
Sky Walk
Sky Walk

Sky Walk

Joan Michael

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...

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...

Sky Walk Lite
Sky Walk Lite
Sky Walk Lite

Sky Walk Lite

Joan Michael

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...

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...

Sky Walk 2: Sky Stars Night
Sky Walk 2: Sky Stars Night
Sky Walk 2: Sky Stars Night

Sky Walk 2: Sky Stars Night

iMobTree Solutions

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...

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Sky Star Finder to Sky Night

Sky Star Finder to Sky Night

iMobTree Solutions

The Sky Star Finder 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 Star Finder will display the names of the stars, planets and other objects you are able to see, just like magic! 



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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! 



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The Sky Star Finder does this by using your location data provided by the GPS and compass built in to your 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! 


The Sky Star Finder really is simply magical!

Sky Star Finder is amazing people worldwide! Look at how the magic is working -

- IDENTIFY HUNDRED'S OF OBJECTS IN THE Sky Star Finder

- AMAZE ANYONE YOU SHOW IT TO, WORKS JUST LIKE MAGIC!

- A UNIVERSAL APP - PAY ONCE AND GET THE IPAD & IPHONE VERSIONS!

- WORKS ANYWHERE, NO DATA CONNECTION REQUIRED!

AMAZING PRICE FOR AN AMAZING APP!

• Beautiful New Sky View with Original Art Work Constellations: All new high quality imagery and super smooth sky tracking, with the ability to ‘share your sky’ through social media and email.



• Stargazing Weather: Detailing cloud cover, temperature, wind speeds and visibility, categorised into simple icons informing you of whether stargazing conditions are good, fair or poor for the night ahead. 



• Breathtaking New Sky View: A completely redesigned new Sky View comes to Sky Star Finder with a new colorful atmosphere, animations, and more detailed Stars, Constellations, Satellites, and Planets than ever before, prepare to become visually immersed in the Sky Star Finder.

• Stargazing Widgets & Notifications: See the Stargazing Conditions at a glance in iOS 9, with The Sky Star Finder widget. Be notified during the day about stargazing conditions for that evening, satellites that are coming into view, and also celestial event notifications. Never miss out on amazing things that are happening in the sky above ever again!

• Beautiful New Sky Information Pack: 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.

• Sky Info: Including accurate weekly live data on moon phases, sun rise and sun set times, daylight duration and sun elevation, ensuring users are both fully equipped and well-informed in their stargazing.

• Latest Sky Star Finder Events: Never miss out on any events happening in the sky above with Sky Star Finder Latest Events. Learn about upcoming Eclipses, all annual celestial events, and even stargazing events local to you!

• Designed for iOS 9: The Sky Star Finder is optimized for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, you know with Sky Star Finder you’re getting the most out of the latest iOS technology. (iOS 7,8 & other devices are also supported).

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

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.

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

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