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.
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.
From Chris Laurel:
*** 2014 Apple Design Award Winner ***A star app has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find constellations, planets, satellites and more. Its stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels!"Close to perfect."-CNET"The perfect companion for helping you find the stars..."MacworldBeautiful and informative...a treasure. Mac|LifeIs it a star or Saturn? Learning whats in your night sky is now effortless with Sky Guide. Hold your iPhone or iPad up and Sky Guide automatically aligns itself to the stars above youno setup required!Whether youre looking for the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or Mars, Sky Guide will satisfy your curiosity. You can search for thousands of celestial sights and be guided exactly where to see them in the sky above you. Just follow the arrow.Voyage to the past or future with cinematic time controls. Know where the Moon will be later in the evening so you can capture that perfect photo. Or, witness the approach of magnificent comets and see their tails evolve as they fly around the Sun.Want to watch a satellite pass overhead? Sky Guide features hundreds of visible satellites for you to identify and track. You can also schedule reminders or get notifications of when the International Space Station is due to fly over even on your Apple Watch!Sky Guide contains immersive visuals unlike any star app you have seen before. With exclusive imagery adapted from high-resolution photographs, youll see millions of stars and feel as though you're spacewalking! Or, if you're feeling more earthbound, gesture down the intensity of star light to match an urban view.Sky Guide may have few buttons but it has ample content. With richly illustrated and cross-linked articlesmany by leading astronomical authorscountless enlightened moments await novice and seasoned stargazers alike. Plus, Sky Guide functions with or without a Wi-Fi, data, or GPS signal. Take it camping or use it overseas. Everything is at your fingertips at all times, in all places.Additional Features: Apple Watch support: See a calendar of upcoming astronomical events the full moon, meteor showers, eclipses, and more. Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location. And it will even alert you when the International Space Station is due to fly over. 3D Touch: See quick previews of any article while browsing the search menu with Peek and Pop. Get quick access to your Favorites, Search, or Satellites from the home screen by pressing on the Sky Guide icon. (3D Touch requires iPhone 6s) Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets (requires iOS 8). Time-lapse Effects: See star trails when you move through time quickly (supported on devices with A7 processor and higher). Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders. Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight.Please note: Sky Guide requires a gyroscope, so it doesn't work with iPad 1 or iPhone 3GS and earlier.
What's new in this version:
Sky Guide is now optimized for the new iPad Pro. Added a new live Sun Glance for Apple Watch. During daytime hours the Sky Guide Glance will show a live image of solar activity (animated to the most recent 3 days). Tap for a detailed chart of activity which also indicates possible aurorae. Fixed bug where Moon Glance was not loading on Apple Watch Fixed bug where recently failed Iridium satellites were still being treated as active Fixed bug where the position of Jupiter's moons did not account...
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Sky Guide is now optimized for the new iPad Pro. Added a new live Sun Glance for Apple Watch. During daytime hours the Sky Guide Glance will show a live image of solar activity (animated to the most recent 3 days). Tap for a detailed chart of activity which also indicates possible aurorae. Fixed bug where Moon Glance was not loading on Apple Watch Fixed bug where recently failed Iridium satellites were still being treated as active Fixed bug where the position of Jupiter's moons did not account for light travel delay Added dwarf planets Eris, Haumea, and Makemake