Nowadays, developers create applications for pretty much every hobby. Music lovers install music applications to listen to their favorite bands, photography lovers install camera applications to edit their images and so on.
But, if you’re fascinated by the sky and want to play the role of an astronomer, you can install an application that will help you study the stars.
Who hasn’t heard of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration? This agency has a civilian space program and it’s also into aerospace engineering. NASA built rockets and sent them to the moon and the first successful mission happened on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong planted the first human foot on “another world”.
Meanwhile, NASA got close to Pluto, when New Horizons was sent to capture images of the planet. Anyway, there is also an application for Android, which offers launch information and countdown clocks, information about the current missions, photos which can be saved on smartphones, a map with links to all of the visitor centers etc. The application is free and you can download it from the Google Play store.
Solar Walk 2
The application costs $2.99 and it’s the successor of the original Star Walk app, but it comes with an improved design, atmospheric visual and sound effects, 3D models of constellations, dwarf planets, comets, asteroids, planetary nebulae etc.
Other features include real time motion tracking – you will tap Search to find any constellation, star or satellite; accurate data on daily moon phase; pro stargazing – you will look at the sky in X-Ray and five more filters etc.
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map
You’ll pay $2.49 on this award-winning astronomy application, but here’s what you’ll get in exchange: a night mode in red; a catalog of 600,000+ stars, nebulae and galaxies (some of them have pictures); realistic Milky Way; 3D rendering of the most important solar system planets, plus their satellites etc; simulations of stars extinction etc.
When zooming in to a star, you’ll get instant information about it, and in addition, you can display an Azimuthal or Equatorial grid, but we don’t recommend you to fill the screen with features, because you will no longer be able to read data.
Night Sky Pro
It has the same price as Stellarium Mobile Sky Map, but it uses augmented reality like Star Walk, to offer the ultimate stargazing experience. It has a complete 3D solar system view, it can explore the Stargazing Conditions for the next week, in the area where you live (it’s like a weather predictor) and at the top of the screen, there’s a “time machine” tool with which you can see how the sky looked or will look.
It costs $2.75, but this is what you can get from this application: you will track weather satellites, Hubble, X-37B, Fitsat, Tiangong, comets and planets that come closer to our planet, and you can even look for Iridium flares or for the International Space Station. You can share your sightings with your friends on WhatsApp, Twitter etc., and there is also a dedicated tablet layout.
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