Astronomy is quite the complex craft, usually with professionals in the field requiring years of study and knowledge of the night sky that would have given even Patrick Moore a run for his money. For the aspiring astronomer, simply owning a telescope sometimes isn’t enough; you need to know where to point your expensive telescope once you’ve got it set up. This is where SkyEye comes in, acting as sky-mapping interface, an intermediary between the cold, expensive hardware of the telescope and the amateur astronomers’ brain.
There are countless apps available these days that attempt to piece together regular functions with an augmented reality feature, and this is almost always done for the sake of novelty whilst serving no real or functional purpose. Star Chart, a mobile app from Escapist Games, is a bit different: its augmented reality functionality is central not only to the app’s design, but also its very purpose in the first place.
A 3D solar system model for Android, iOS
There’s enough general astronomy/cosmology apps out there to satisfy the needs of a large proportion of mobile-phone users, so why not experience a more focused space-based app with Solar Walk – Planets? Having been downloaded over 6 million times, Solar Walk’s appeal is its high-fidelity model of our Solar System.
A powerful interactive encyclopedia of the solar system
Vito Technologies’ Solar Walk has become one of the rare series of astronomy apps that actually attempt to impress its user base through innovation and improvement. This has never been more true than it is of Vito Technologies’ latest app, Solar Walk 2. Improving on the original in terms of both content and design, this sequel takes the user on yet another guided tour through outer space, but with an ace up its sleeve: full 3D representations of each of the planets of our solar system, a feature that’s noticeably absent from a majority of the astronomy-app competition. Improvements from the original range from upgraded textures of objects to more substantial data sets, superior physics, and even integration of major space missions launched by humanity.
A Beautiful and Intuitive Stargazing App for Android & iOS
Even for the younger generations of today, it can still be quite amazing to think what technology can do. This has never been truer for the aspiring astronomer, a field for which the phrase “there’s an app for that” has never been so helpful. SkyView Free is the free-to-use app from developers Terminal Eleven that essentially takes an advanced level as astronomical knowledge and lays it bare on the screen of your mobile device. Using the GPS technology within your device, SkyView Free allows you to identify all of the known constellations, individual stars, galaxies, and even satellites, all from the palm of your hand. It’s got more depth in its functionality, too, which is covered in this review.
The perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky’s wonders
Amateur astronomers have a wealth of modern technology to help them with their craft, including a lot of freely-accessible compendiums of astronomical and planetary knowledge on the internet. We’re in the age of apps these days, however, and you’ll only get so far with free-to-own astronomy apps. If you’re thinking of going premium, this review has been put together to inform you about the benefits and drawbacks of Zima’s Mobile Observatory app.
There is some serious choice when it comes to astronomy apps on the app store, but when in doubt, people will almost always flock to the big names or familiar faces of the software world. Google is one such familiar face (or logo, anyhow), but it’s familiar for good reason: it produces great software, and its Sky Map app is one such piece of software. Or it should rather be said that it was a great piece of Google software – it has since been gifted to non-Google developers and made to be open-source.
Precise pass predictions for the ISS, visible satellites, Iridium flares & radio satellites
If you’re even a little into your app-fuelled astronomy, you’ll already know that the astronomy-app market has long reached its saturation point. There are simply too many apps, with a majority lacking a unique selling point. Heavens Above walks the line between familiar astronomy-app functionality and uniqueness, however, with its star-mapping potential blending rather seamlessly with its emphasis on dynamic, live information about satellites and other celestial bodies that are due to imminently become visible in the night sky. The appeal of Heavens above, therefore, is to those with a curiosity about the night’s sky, but specifically the knowledge regarding ISS pass times and iridium flare events.
An exquisite stargazing guide that combines astronomical data with premium technology to deliver an effortless journey through thousands of stars
Few astronomy apps out there are capable of immersing their users in quite as much atmospheric depth and information as Star Walk 2. This is an app that combines the weight and accuracy of up-to-the-minute astronomical data based on precise calculations, with a smooth, clean interface and a design whose presentation of the night sky will not only illuminate your device’s screen, but also fill your ears with atmospheric brilliance and inflame your imagination.
While the various app stores out there are simply overflowing with astronomy apps aimed at adult astronomers, both professional and amateur, the market isn’t quite as saturated when it comes to apps aimed for younger audiences. Star Walk Kids – Explore Space aims to fill this small gap in the market by offering fascinating introductory astronomy information aimed at the younger audiences. This isn’t a plain, textbook-like experience however: the app’s interface is every bit as dynamic and interactive as paid-for astronomy apps, offering up answers to some fascinating questions about the night sky, and all packaged with a simple interface and a cartoon-like visual style to further cater for its intended audience.