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Android App Review: Sky Map

Planetarium in your Pocket

Sky Map is a planet and astronomy mapping application that helps users decipher the night’s sky.

Once the app is opened, the app locates the user’s location via GPS and a detailed map of the sky above them is displayed on their screen.  The app displays stars, constellations, galaxies, and planets that are viewable from the users location.

If the user only wants planets or constellations displayed, they can use the apps filtering system to adjust what is shown on their screen making it easier to pinpoint the object they’re searching.  If the user sees something in the night sky they want to identify, they can point their phone in that direction and the name of the planet or star will be displayed.

Search features allow the user to type in the name of a specific object and the screen will pull up the location with an arrow directing the user which direction the need to be looking.  A cool “time-travel” feature allows the user to type in a specific date or historic moment in the past (i.e. Apollo 11 moon landing) and the app will show what the moon and the night sky looked like on that date.

 

Pros
Great filter
Can view sky in automatic or manual mode

Cons
Visual is very shaky when it’s in automatic mode

 

AG Bottom Line
For the amateur astronomer this is a pretty good app.  The best features of the app are the ability to filter what is shown on your phone and the keyword search for a specific celestial object.  The navigation is easy and the results are very detailed.  You won’t be using this app on a nightly basis, but will come in handy when you get the astronomy itch.

Recommend download.

4 Stars