If you are a budding astronomy enthusiast who wants to learn about the location of planetary bodies and stars, then we have got perfect astronomy apps for 2017 that give you the best stargazing experience. By simply launching these apps and pointing your iPhone to the sky, you will see magic unfold in front of your eyes. Your iOS device will start showing you interesting details about the shinning objects in the sky that you have always wondered about. Read on to learn about the best astronomy apps for 2017 that you can download right now.
Night Sky 4
Night Sky 4 is one of the most popular astronomy apps out there, and it was also Apple’s free app of the week in October. The app lets you identify stars, planets, satellites and constellations above you by simply pointing your iPhone’s camera to the sky. The app uses GPS to pinpoint your location and its motion sensors to give you accurate positions of the objects in the sky. Since the app is using GPS and shows simulations of the objects you will be able to identify objects even when you don’t have a clear view. The app even allows users to land on the surface of the moon and get tours of the Aopllo 11 and Apollo 15 landing sites. Night Sky 4 offers support for iMessage and Apple Watch as well. You can download it from the App Store for free.
- Download Night Sky 4
SkySafari 5 is the successor to the SkySafari 4 app. The new app now features support for the Apple Watch and offers ‘Tonight at a Glance’ feature, which lets you see the location and rise/set times for planets, moon and the sun. You can also know when International Space Station will be above you using the application. The SkySafari 5 also offers sound effects, objects list with photographs and more. In addition to locating the position of planets and stars you can also learn about their history and mythology. A great thing about this app is that it does not require an Internet connection to work, so you will be able to enjoy a great view of the sky and learn new stuff without worrying about the connection. You can download SkySafari 5 app for free from the App Store.
- Download SkySafari 5
Star Chart lets you point towards the sky and know what you are looking at by using AR technology. But in addition to that the app also allows users to explore the sky indoors by simply sitting on an armchair and swiping around with their fingers. The app even lets you see what’s on the other side of the Earth by pointing their devices downwards. Star Chart is a great application that accurately depicts the position of about 120,000 stars. Using the app’s time shift feature you can see the position of your favorite star 10,000 backward or forward in time. You can download Star Chart application from the App Store for free.
- Download Star Chart
Star Guide is one of the best designed astronomy apps that lets you get a great AR experience of looking at the sky and learning facts about millions of stars in the sky. With this app you can know the positions and learn about planets, satellites and constellations. You can also travel through time and see the location of objects in the future or past. This is great if you want to take photo of a moon or any other object and want to know when it will be at your favorite position. The app works without the internet and uses device’s sensors to depict the accurate position of the stars. You can download Star Guide app from the App Store for $2.99.
- Download Star Guide
Star Walk app is one of the best astronomy apps for getting an interactive view of the planets and satellites in our solar system. The app shows their current location in real-time giving a perfect experience to a budding astronomy enthusiast. In addition to seeing real-time view of the planets you can also see what their position will be on a specific date. You can also learn about interesting facts about how they move, their size and mass, see close-ups of different planets and satellites, learn about their geography and history. You can download Star Walk app from the App Store for free.
- Download Star Walk