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Astronomy App's! (Android/iPhone list + article)

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:47 AM

With the plethora of mobile apps now available for astronomy applications, its hard to keep track of them all. (article)

has written up a nice little piece, and linked a nice little PDF containing I'm guessing every current app for iphone/android. So if you're in the market for one. I thought I would link this and show the complete list for anyone looking.

app list pdf

And I'll list the apps here for anyone interested.

APOD VIEWER (Sendmetospace):
(Displays and manipulates the “Astronomy Picture of the Day” images)
(Information on and images of all the astronauts who flew on the Space Shuttle)
ASTROCK (Spoledge) or
(An astronomical clock that keeps track of the positions of the Moon and planets, plus sunrise, sunset, etc.)
ASTROGIZMO (EtherGizmos)
(A simple planisphere app that shows the sky right behind where you hold your phone)
ASTROLABE CLOCK (TwoNineEight Software) or
(A modern astrolabe, showing information about both the day and night sky; takes some figuring out)
ASTROMIST (Cyrille Thieullet) or
(Planetarium program with charts, simulators, atlases and telescope control)ASTROMO (Gandreas Software)
(Basic planisphere, orrery, and ephemeris guide to show you what’s in the sky from your current location or
other cities)
(Downloads the astronomy picture of the day)
(Calculates altitude & azimuth from RA & Dec; has catalog of well-known objects)
ASTROPLANNER (Maurice De Castro) or
(Tool for planning amateur astronomy observations of deep-sky objects, including visibility charts, information
about a variety of objects, rise, transit and set times, etc.)
ASTRO TOOLS (Raphael Lelant)
(A basic planisphere app for which you can download an optional catalog of an additional 2.5 million stars – in
case you want to make sure your celestial cup runneth over)
(Animation lets you move through the solar system; contains information and links on for each world and each
planetary mission)
CASSINI (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
(Images from the mission to Saturn and information about what the spacecraft is doing currently)
COSMOCALC (Eli Rykoff)
(Cosmological distance calculator, where you put in the cosmological framework and parameters you prefer and
it converts red shift to distances or a lookback time; not for elementary students)
CRATER SIZE XL (FSpace Publication)
(Lets you put in the parameters of a colliding asteroid or comet and a target world, and then calculates the size of
the crater produced)
DAILY ASTRONOMY (Tropical PC Solutions)
(Shows the Astronomy Picture of the Day on your phone; lets you access older images on the Web)
DEEP SKY BROWSER (Astro Devices) or
(Provides information about and sky position for about 50,000 objects, including Messier, NGC, Caldwell
objects and the Digital Sky Survey)
DISTANT SUNS 3 (First Light) or
(Well-reviewed planisphere program that is GPS aware, tours of the solar system, constellation information,
planetary data, Earth weather patterns, and much more)EMERALD OBSERVATORY (Emerald Sequoia) or
(A beautiful astronomical clock, moon phase indicator, day-night map, orrery, eclipse simulator, and more)
ESO TOP 100 (European Southern Observatory)
(A collection of images from large telescopes at the European Southern Observatory, with captions and music)
EXOPLANET (Hanno Rein)
(Regularly updated database of all known extrasolar planets, with background information, visualizations, and
links to technical papers)
FERMI SKY (Giacomo Saccardo)
(Provides reports on the work of the Fermi gamma-ray telescope in space, including news about observations of
gamma-ray bursts, plus maps and videos)
(A graphic simulator for colliding galaxies)
GALAXY ZOO (Zooniverse) or
(Users can help classify galaxies in images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey)
(Shows you what is in the sky or lets you select a planet or deep-sky object and find where it is)
GO SAT WATCH (GoSoftWorks)
(Shows real time location of earth-orbiting satellites in the sky and can follow their orbits)
(Planisphere program that shows the sky currently above your device or on a selected date. Includes a red-light
mode, and several large catalogs of information about objects)
GO STARGAZE (Astronomical Society of the Pacific)
(Regularly updated database of astronomy clubs and their public events – such as star parties – in the US; part of
NASA’s Night Sky Network project, managed by the ASP)
GRAIL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
(Provides updated information on the twin probes measuring the gravity field of the Moon; will provide images
from a student-run Moon-Cam)

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:48 AM
(Simulate gravitational lensing phenomena, and show how we get the multiple images and arcs shown in Hubble
Space Telescope images; we assume needing to make gravitational lens calculations on the go is something of an
acquired taste)HUBBLESITE (Space Telescope Science Institute)
(This free “app” is just a gallery of Hubble Space Telescope images as wall-paper, plus information about and
from the Hubble)
(Collects and organizes the many Hubble images)
HUBBLE TOP 100 (European Southern Observatory)
(Slide show of 100 Hubble images, set to music, with links to captions)
IMOONU (Microseconds)
(Displays phases of the moon for any date and provides moon-phase calendars)
(Done with the assistance of Hubble Fellow Joshua Peek – currently at Columbia – this unusual app lets you
point your device and see not the visible but non-visible images of the sky above you)
ISOLARSCAPE (Hopping Bird Productions) or
(Observing guide for your current location, simulator, and background information about the Sun, Moon, and
planets; includes real-time information about several NASA missions)
ISTELLAR (AstroArts Inc.)
(Planisphere program in English and Japanese, showing stars, planets, comets, etc., and taking advantage of the
touchscreen functions of the smart phone)
JUPITER ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)[iter-atlas/id352033947?mt=8
(Displays position and globes (with features) of Jupiter and its four Galilean moons)
KEPLER (Hanno Rein)
(Updated list of extra-solar planets discovered by the Kepler mission, plus background information and visualization; notifies you when there is a new data release from the project)
LIVING EARTH (Moshen Chan)
(Shows a nice Earth globe with the weather based on satellite data; also a world clock, alarm; calculates sunrise
and sunset for each city)
LUAN (Celtic Code Craft) or
(Moon phase chart and lunar calendar, with moon set/rise/transit times at your location)
LUMINOS (Wobbleworks)
(Rich planisphere and simulator, with many catalogs and information about a wide range of objects. Can be set
up to match your sky or to show you the sky from any time or location)
MARS ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)
(You can explore a globe of Mars with 1600 named features shown)MARS GLOBE (Midnight Martian)
(Also shows a globe of Mars where you can zoom in on features)
MERCURY ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)
(A globe of Mercury, where you can zoom in and explore features)
MESSIER LIST (Scot Spencer)
(Descriptions, positions, and photos of Messier’s list of nebulae, clusters, and galaxies)
(Planisphere app with point and view function, can be set for any location or time; includes calendar, rise and set
times, solar image, view of solar system, eclipse info, etc.)
MOON (CDV Concepts)
(Gives lunar phase, rise and set times, azimuth and altitude, and distance for current or any time)
MOON ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)
(Explore a 3-D globe of the Moon, showing phases, libration, features, landing sites, etc.)
MOON GLOBE (Midnight Martian) or
(Another program to view the Moon from Earth or as a spinning globe with features and other information)
MOONLIGHT (Dark Giraffe)
(Shows moon phases for any date and lets you view the Moon from anywhere on Earth)

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:49 AM
MOON PHASE PRO (Udell Enterprises) or
(Shows phases on a Moon globe and information for the present time, or for any time or location you choose; can
also make moon-phase calendars)
NASA APP HD (NASA Ames) or or
(Download updated NASA information: Launches, mission status reports, “Astronomy Picture of the Day”,
NASA TV live-stream video, etc)
NASA: BE A MARTIAN (Open Source software)
(Mars map, images, news, community discussion board)
(Simple app for downloading and displaying NASA images)
(Lets you drive a rover on the Moon in a taste of future exploration)
NASA NOW (Neil Kelly)
(A basic presentation of NASA news-feed information as a regularly updated mini-website on your phone)NASA SPACE WEATHER MEDIA VIEWER (Ideum)
(Near real-time imagery from a number of NASA missions that observe the Sun, plus video interviews and
(Live or on-demand TV programming from NASA’s TV channel)
NIGHT SKETCH (Ubiquitous Corporation)
(A very basic planisphere program – showing the sky above your device – that lets you connect stars to make
your own constellation figures)
ORBIT ARCHITECT (a. i. solutions)
(Using the touch interface, you can change the parameters of satellite orbits and then see an animation of the
PARTICLE ZOO (Richard Burgess)
(Catalog of subatomic particles, shown as cartoon plush toys)
(Catalog of information about the bodies in the solar system, with maps to show scale)
PLANETS (Q Continuum)
(A planishere program which shows you the location and orbital paths of planets, Sun, Moon in the sky and gives
visibility information for your location)
PLANISPHERE (Horsham Online Limited)
(Planisphere app that shows the sky above the phone or for any location; shows rise and set times; can zoom in
and also get a red light view)
(A planisphere that will tell you what celestial objects you’re looking at and show the sky, constellation outlines,
lunar phases, moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and much more)
PORTAL TO THE UNIVERSE (European Southern Observatory)
(Provides on-the-go access to the consolidator web site organized by ESO/IAU/ESA, bringing news from many
institutions and observatories around the globe)
(Sophisticated planisphere app, shows sky above your device, includes large catalog of objects, 3-D tours of solar
system and nearby stars, red-light mode, etc.)
SATURN ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)
(Includes current views of Saturn and 7 moons, with globes of the moons that show features)
(Planisphere app that shows the sky at any time; includes solar system simulator)SKY ORB (RealtechVR)
(Planisphere app, with ephemeris information, sun clock, a search engine, etc.)
SKYQ (Celestron)
(A planisphere program from a major telescope manufacturer; point your device to the sky and see what’s up;
also audio tours, moon phases, Jupiter and Saturn’s moon positions, and more)
SKY SAFARI (Southern Stars) or
(Planisphere app, shows sky above your device, has catalog of thousands of objects; comes in regular and lite
versions. A review can be found in Sky & Telescope, Dec. 2011, p. 54.)

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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:50 AM
SKYVIEW (Terminal Eleven) or www.terminaleleven....
(Planisphere app: shows objects you point the device at, or the sky at any time, has artificial satellite paths, 3D
graphics, facts about objects, etc.)
SKY WEEK (Sky & Telescope)
(Interactive version of the magazine’s “This Week’s Sky at a Glance”; helps plan your observing program;
shows sky for your location, has zoomable star maps)
(View video and images of the sun from the SDO satellite)
SOLAR MAX (Ghost Leopard Software)
(Shows images of the Sun from the SOHO satellite)
SOLAR WALK (Vito Technology)
(Dynamic solar system model that you can fly through or show for any date, with movie mode and music, and
3-D TV capability if you have 3-D glasses)
SPACE IMAGES (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
(Includes hundreds of images and videos from NASA/JPL with captions)
SPACE JUNK (Cass Everitt)
(Shows position of International Space Station and other artificial satellites in the sky for your location, shows
background of constellations and planets, or an earth view.)
STAR & PLANET FINDER (Nir Alperovitch)
(Select a celestial object and this app will help you find it using a pointer; planets are free, stars are available for
a small fee)
STAR CHART (Escapist Games)
(Planisphere app with point and view feature, Hevelius constellation outlines, zoon, search, etc.)
(18 charts based on an atlas by a respected celestial cartographer)STARMAP 3D (Sanville Software)
(Straightforward star chart program that shows the sky for your location and gives information for selected
(Planisphere app to show sky above device or any time; calendars, animation, night vision mode, etc.)
(Planisphere app with point and view function, many stars, moon phases, planets, etc.)
STAR WALK (Vito Technology)
(Planisphere that is point and view or you set the time; includes satellite tracking, calendar, moon phases, even
the Astronomy Picture of the Day; has red light mode)
STELLARIUM (Leonid Froenchenko) or
(A version of the popular open-source planisphere program)
(Calculates Sun, Moon, and planet rise and set times; twilight, lunar phases, future eclipses, solstice and equinox
dates, etc.)
(A basic app that provides information from and about NASA’s Swift mission, searching for gamma-ray bursts.)
TERRA TIME (Udell Enterprises)
(Real-time interactive Earth globe, showing day/night, weather, moon phase and rise time, twilight times, etc.)
3D SUN (Tony Phillips) or
(Lets you manipulate a Sun model based on STEREO spacecraft images; has phone alerts if there are major
updates, such as large solar flares)
VARIABLE STAR (Diatom Software)
(Searchable catalog of over 183,000 variable stars, with educational materials from the American Association of
Variable Star Observers)
VENUS ATLAS (Horsham Online Limited)
(3D globe of Venus with over 2000 features shown; shows the phase of Venus from your location)
WHAT’S UP (Craic Design)
(Very basic app that shows location of Sun, Moon, and planets in the sky; shows moon phase)

That's the majority of them guys, hope I haven't pissed the mods off by doing it this way. So anyway my question to you guys is, what app's do you use? And what can you recommend? I just use Google Sky Map so far, and Star Chart, on Android!
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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:03 AM
Sorry gotta bump so I can check back later...

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:04 AM
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Wow, thanks for this! I tried to search for such apps not too long ago and didn't have a whole lot of luck with it, so this is awesome! I'll get to downloading ASAP!

So far, I only have Google Sky, which I love. I used to use Heavens Above, but for whatever reason, I never did download it to the phone I have now. Probably because I haven't been doing as much satellite watching lately.

Thanks again!

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:13 AM
No problems guys, I'm going to see if I can get the mods to sticky this thread. Subscribe to the thread for now to find it again later, and hopefully it ends up the top of this section.

I too came here a few weeks ago looking for app's and didn't really see anything so I thought I'd start this thread. Hope you guys appreciate it

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:20 AM
reply to post by Violence

Yep, definitely appreciated! Everybody I know already thinks I'm a huge geek because of the apps I have on my phone... time to add to my geekness.

posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 11:37 AM
Here are the last two I missed.

WHERE IS IO (Sean Dague)
(Presents a graph of the current positions of the Galilean moons, rise and set times for planets, and information
about solar system objects)WOLFRAM ASTRONOMY COURSE ASSISTANT (Wolfram Alpha LLC)
(From the makers of the Mathematica software, this app includes facts, formulas, and tools for helping with intro
astronomy courses; H-R diagrams with 100,000 stars, sky phenomena, Drake equation, etc.)

(Very basic point and view planisphere app
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posted on Dec, 30 2011 @ 10:40 PM
I would have expected more responses by now, I'm interested to see what other members around here have installed and use often, in regards to app's on their phones.

I'm probably expecting too much considering it's the holidays heh

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:43 AM
I found this list with descriptions too. (Warning, it is a PDF)

mobile astronomical apps

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:34 PM
You kids today.
Back when I was a boy I memorized the constellations and when they would be in the sky. An occasional glance at a skymap (in the newspaper) every month or so would tell me where the planets would be.

What do you use your brain cells for nowadays if all you have to do is whip out your iphone?
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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:36 PM
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Yeah well this is 2012, and we have a little thing called technology.

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:38 PM
reply to post by Violence

Yeah I know.
But what do you use your brain cells for if you don't have to remember anything? I really wonder. What're ya gonna do when the batteries die?

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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:47 PM
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Gee I can even remember those star maps they use to post in the paper ! Thanks for reminding me of the days gone by

Problem with my night sky , most nights I can't see enough stars to make out the constellation
But the planets I can make out .

As for the app I use , pocket universe is what I usaly wip out and ya it impresses the girls still :p

I must say , for enjoyment factor the old school planisphere is still number one

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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 08:55 PM
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You assume too much. I use the 2 apps I have to check what planets I'm looking at when I'm outside at night.

Sorry I don't have unlimited time to devote to studying and remembering all the things you do. I have a life that revolves around other things also.

Would you like a medal for your old school way of doing things?

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 09:08 PM
I downloaded GO SKYWATCH PLANETARIUM to my ipod, very cool app

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 09:12 PM
reply to post by Violence

Two apps. You don't trust just one? Do they tell you different things?

Yes, no time. No time to lie on your back outside and enjoy the night sky and learn to recognize it. A pity.

No, I don't want a medal. The fact that I don't have to look at a machine to know what I'm looking at is enough satisfaction.

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posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 09:21 PM
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No I started off with one, and another was on sale so I checked it out.

Wow you're pretty cool, do I need 30,000 stars to get the attitude like yours?

posted on Dec, 31 2011 @ 09:23 PM
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Just patience. And learning stuff.

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