Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day

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  • Date Added:
    Oct. 20, 2014
  • Price:
    Purchase; iTunes account required.; $1.99 to buy
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Sky Guide takes you on a tour of the stars and other interstellar bodies above you at any given point in time, no matter where you are. Just tilt your phone up, and you can see stars, planets, satellites, and more, right on your phone.


Automatic alignment: By either tapping the Compass button or tilting your phone, you trigger the app to automatically detect your location and display stars accordingly. This means you can more precisely match the stars you see in the sky with those displayed on your device, and you don't have to worry about trying to align things yourself.

Use anytime: Of course, the best part about using this app is that you can compare it to the night sky and identify the stars, constellations, and other items that you see. But it doesn't have to be dark out for this app to work. In fact, you can activate it anytime, day or night, inside or outside, to find out what's above your head at that very moment.

Info button: Constellations displayed in this app are outlined and have an Info button next to them that you can tap to bring up a short history of that formation and its naming. You can also tap any star or planet at any time to reveal its Info button and get some background information.


Your location: Unfortunately, depending on where you live, you may not be able to see a lot of stars in the sky, yourself, on any given night. This certainly isn't due to a deficiency in the app, but it does take away one fun aspect of viewing and comparing.

Bottom Line

Sky Guide is a smooth and informative app that can get you quickly hooked on studying the night sky. It does just about everything you'd like it to do, and it does it well. It costs $1.99 to download, and if you'd like to activate the satellite tracking feature, you'll have to pay an additional $1.99 via in-app purchase.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0
4.0 is here and it's our biggest update ever. iOS 8 WidgetAt-a-glance essentials can now be added to your Today section of Notification Center, including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets along with a day/night timeline and altitude plots. It will also list any meteor showers and lunar eclipses. Great info is always just a swipe away. Dramatically Improved Clarity2X sharper sky views and 50% deeper zoom. Plus, all graphics have been optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Enhance! Iridium Flares & RemindersThese amazingly bright satellites are easily viewed from even the most light-polluted cities. If you have the Satellites In-App Purchase, you can now you can find upcoming flares listed in Search > Satellites > Iridium Flares. Plus, if there is a particular satellite pass you don't want to miss, you can schedule a reminder from any 'passes' sorted view (swipe left on a listed pass). ***Our Satellites In-App Purchase is FREE for a limited time*** NotificationsGet notified of meteor showers, eclipses, comets, and more! Never worry about missing a special celestial event. See Main Menu > Notifications. Sorting TabsNow you can rearrange object lists based on useful sorts like brightness, alphabetical and visibility. FavoritesQuickly save or retrieve your personal picks. Objects can be added to favorites from the search view (swipe left on an item to reveal shortcuts) or from any article view (favorites button in the bottom nav bar). Dwarf and Minor PlanetsWe added some of the solar system's smallest planets and biggest asteroids. Comet Churyumov-GerasimenkoWe added the exciting target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Improved AccuracyThe Earth is like a spinning top whose axis slowly wobbles in different directions. Now that this effectcalled precessionis fully supported by Sky Guide, we've expanded the date range to +/10,000 years. See for yourself... Polaris was not always the North Star! Light PollutionUsing a two-finger, up-and-down gesture now changes both the intensity of starlight and the sky color, better matching the view from a city. UI & Performance ImprovementsNew fonts, icons, and search view layout. Bug & Typo Fixes + Translation CorrectionsThank you to all our users for your continued support and feedback!
Publisher Chris Laurel
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Release Date May 06, 2013
Date Added October 20, 2014
Version 4.0
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Reference Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone 4. iTunes account required.
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File Size 93.92MB
File Name Not available
Total Downloads 264
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $1.99

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