For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad with iOS 4.3 or later
Star Walk by Vito Technology Inc. is an amazing astronomy guide for your iOS device.
The app won Apple Design Award 2010 and is the #4 top paid education app in the U.S.
This is a stargazing app like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It’s interactive and will help you to identify over 200,000 celestial bodies. All you have to do is launch the app and point the iOS device at the sky. You’ll see all of the planets, constellations, and stars in their proper location. As you move your device, the star map will update so what you see is true.
You can use Night Mode to preserve your night vision, tap the Augmented Reality icon in the top right corner to use your camera, or go deeper into the info on each object. To do so, just tap on the “i” next to its name.
On the right side of your screen you’ll see a scale that represents the Time Machine; slide it to see the sky map of the future or past. If you’re using a telescope, TelRad will help you find what you seek.
You’ll never miss celestial events again, either! Just use the calendar to remind yourself when to watch the night sky. To share what you have seen, you can project images to a big screen.
There’s also a Picture of the Day section for you to browse. If you’re on Twitter, there’s a huge community within Star Walk you can join.
Star Walk was updated to Version 6.0.1 on September 27, 2012. The update supports iOS 6, makes the app iPhone 5 ready, and added the TelRad function. The app is available in 11 languages. There are 7644 customer ratings with an average of four out of five stars. The most recent version has 233 ratings with an average of 4.5 stars.
If you or your children are interested in the night sky, or want to learn more, then you should definitely check out this app.
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