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Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day for iOS

By Chris Laurel $2.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jul 31, 2014

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.2.3

Are you ready for the 2017 solar eclipsekwscnmrk

This version adds some fantastic tools for planning and watching the eclipse:

+ A new menu option in Search will lead you to some helpful tips on preparing for the eclipse along with a map showing the eclipse path. Move the map and you will see the eclipse times automatically update.

+ Sky Guide now has a super-precise solar eclipse simulator--accurate down to the second. If you can't travel or are unlucky with the weather, watch the eclipse happen in Sky Guide! Instructions are provided in the previously mentioned menu option.

Also in this version:

+ Updated map of Jupiter with more detail in the poles (thanks NASA/Juno!)

+ Fixed a bug that might have caused your favorites to crash.

General

Release October 9, 2017
Date Added October 9, 2017
Version 6.2.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,240
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

2017 solar eclipse ready. 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. It's stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels. "The perfect companion for helping you find the stars." -Macworld. "Beautiful and informative. a treasure. "-Mac|Life. 2014 Apple Design Award Winner. Is it a star or the planet Mars? Knowing what's up 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 you--no setup required. Have you ever wished you could recognize the constellations but didn't want to study those paper star charts? Sky Guide's interactive experience makes learning your way around the sky intuitive and fun. Whether you're in search of the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or the next big meteor shower, Sky Guide is jam-packed with information and rich graphics that will satisfy the most curious minds. 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. See what the sky looked like the moment you were born or be an eyewitness to history's greatest comets. It's a star. It's a plane. No, it's a satellite. Sky Guide features hundreds of bright satellites for you to identify and track. You can also receive notifications whenever the International Space Station flies over your location. Use Sky Guide anywhere--on your evening dog walk, camping trips or in the classroom. Sky Guide works with or without Wi-Fi, cellular service or GPS, so everything is at your fingertips no matter where you go. Additional Features: Apple Watch: Sky Guide can send you a notification when an event is about to happen in the skies above your location, like when the International Space Station is due to fly over. You can also keep tabs on the latest solar activity or add our super-accurate Moon Complication to your Apple Watch face. 3D Touch: Peek and Pop previews of articles from Search. Quick actions from home screen app icon. Notification Center Widget: At-a-glance essentials including rise and set times for the Sun, Moon and planets. Filter: X-ray the sky and explore invisible wonders (now enhanced with 3D Touch). Red night mode: Preserve your dark-adapted eyesight. Huge stellar catalog: 2.5 million stars. Optional Features: Sky Guide SUPERMASSIVE. this extensive add-on gives you access to incredible high definition zooming, 50. larger star and deep sky catalogs, and exclusive cinematic tours. SUPERMASSIVE includes a free two-week trial followed by an auto-renewing annual subscription. (See In-App Purchases section for the price available in your country. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account, and your account will be charged for renewal 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your account settings after purchase.). Join the millions who have discovered a more personal connection to the stars with Sky Guide. It might forever change the way you look up. Privacy policy: https://fifthstarlabs.com/privacy. Terms of use: https://fifthstarlabs.com/terms-of-use.