Editors' Note: The download button opens the iTunes App Store, where you may continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed with an active iTunes account in order to download and install the software. This download may not be available in some countries.
SkyView lets you use your iPhone camera view to create an augmented-reality view of the sky complete with constellations, planets, and satellites. Simply launch the app and point your iPhone camera skyward to see constellations and other celestial bodies where they are in real time. You also can touch planets, stars, and constellations to get more info and history at the bottom of the screen.
While you can spend plenty of time simply pointing in different directions and viewing celestial bodies, SkyView offers a few more handy features for finding what you want. You can use the search tool to quickly bring up an alphabetized list of celestial bodies, with buttons across the bottom of the interface to narrow your search to planets in our solar system--stars, constellations, or satellites. The search results let you know which celestial bodies are above or below the horizon in your location, making it easy to find things you can actually see.
Another extra lets you enter the date and time to see what's in the night sky. This acts as a sort of time machine, letting you view the position of stars and planets on a specific day and determine whether you'll be able to see a planet as it passes closer to Earth, for example. But even just using the current date and time, SkyView lets you "scrub" forward on the moon's path, for instance, to see where it will be positioned later that day.
Overall, by using augmented reality, the iPhone accelerometer, and gyroscope technology, SkyView is an excellent way to identify celestial bodies, satellites, and constellations right from your iPhone. If you've ever wanted to know what you're looking at in the night sky, this app is the perfect stargazer's companion.
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 million downloadsApp Store Rewind 2011 -- Best Education AppIf you've ever wanted to know what you're looking at in the night sky, this app is the perfect stargazer's companion. CNET "If youve ever been looking for a stargazing app for your iPhone, then this [is] definitely the one to get." AppAdvice SkyView is an Augmented Reality app that lets you see just what delights the sky has to offer. 148Apps Editors ChoiceYou don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find all 88 constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate every planet in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.Features: Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location. Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters. Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night. Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see its exact location in the sky on any date and time. Comprehensive: Includes thousands of stars, planets, and satellites with thousands of interesting facts. Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times. Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks. Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your friends about our wonderful universe!
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Current Users: Please don't forget to sign-in and restore your purchases if you believe your satellites are missing! Just head over to the Downloads area in settings and then select "Restore All". Thank you-Stability and bug fixes.