The following apps are for at-home astronomers and stargazers. Identify heavenly bodies instantly, and learn about stars, planets and constellations.
GoSkyWatch Planetarium - the astronomy star guide ($3.99) GoSkyWatch has both simple and complex settings. Point it at the sky and identify the bodies in your view. (Score: 99/100)
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy ($2.99) Pocket Universe has sky-body-identification features, virtual moonwalks and an astronomy game. (Score: 98/100)
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Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day ($1.99) Sky Guide helps users identify heavenly bodies, search for specific sky features and look for satellites passing by. (Score: 98/100)
Star Walk - 5 Stars Astronomy Guide ($2.99)* This update of one of the original sky watchers for mobile features Night Mode to make extended viewing easy on the eyes. (Score: 92/100)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (Free) Astronomy Picture of the Day is a daily reminder of the varied, vast universe. Stellar photos are provided through a partnership with NASA. (Score: 90/100)
Mobile Observatory ($4.99) This app identifies objects in the sky and has a virtual encyclopedia of astronomical knowledge available to explore. (Score: 99/100)
Sky Map (Free) This free sky-identification app’s information is donated by Google. Some devices seem to struggle with it, but when it works, it’s a great resource. (Score: 97/100)
Star Chart (Free)* This app is for everyone; though it has a depth of sky-viewing info, it’s presented in a very attractive and user-friendly fashion. It’s also good for kids. (Score: 97/100)
Glitter Star Live Wallpaper (Free) If you love the night sky, or simply things that glitter and shine, you will love the effects this live wallpaper brings to your device’s screen. (Score: 92/100)
Star Tracker - Mobile Sky Map (Free)* Star Tracker identifies objects in the night sky and has the additional bonus of all data being stored onboard for offline use. (Score: 91/100)
* Available Apple and Android
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