There is something exciting and relaxing about looking up at the night sky and seeing the cosmos in its star-studded glory. But many of us who live in metropolitan areas with constant light and air pollution would consider ourselves lucky if we could see the beginning of north, forgetting all the star constellations out there. But thanks to the wonders of technology, there are plenty of stargazing apps that will let you see and understand where the constellations are stationed in the night sky. Here, we have put together a list of some of the best stargazing apps that you can use.
Google Sky (sky map)
Think of Google Sky as the stellar analogue of Google Maps. With Google Sky, you can observe space using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Digitized Sky Survey.
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Star Tracker (iOS and Android)
The Star Tracker app can show you more than 88 constellations and more than 8,000 space objects, as well as the sun, moon, and planets, all in real time. The Star Tracker app is available on both iOS and Android and has an AR mode that indicates the positions of all celestial objects. The app is free, but there is an ad-free version and a full version that has more features. Image Credit: Star Tracker
Aerial view (iOS and Android)
With the Skyview app, you can simply point your mobile device at the sky to start identifying galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and even the International Space Station. Available on both iOS and Android with free and paid versions, the app has one more night and an AR feature, allowing you to use it at all times. Image Credit: Skyview also has a Sky Path feature that allows users to track objects in space to see their location on particular dates and times. It also has a time travel option that will let users know what the sky looked like in the past and how it will look like in the future.
Skysafari (iOS and Android)
The Skysafari astronomy app allows users to hold their phones up to the sky to identify planets, constellations, stars, and satellites. Like Skyview, Skysafari can also be used to see what the sky would have looked like in the distant past or far future. Image Credit: Skysafari Users can also simulate meteor showers, eclipses, and other celestial events like approaching comets. It has a constellation illustration function that will illustrate the constellations if it cannot display them correctly. The app also comes with a lot of mythological and scientific information along with mythological information.
NASA App (iOS and Android)
While not strictly a stargazing app in the same vein as the others on the list, no stargazing tech toolkit is complete without the official space agency app. In addition to viewing the thousands of images in the NASA Photo Gallery, you can also live stream NASA events like rocket launches and eclipses on NASA TV. Image credit: NASA The app also has lots of information about NASA missions, celestial bodies, upcoming sightings, and other space-related news.