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Sky Map

  • Android
  • Free
  • age 16+
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About Sky Map

Sky Map app works in much the same way as Pocket Universe, but for Android users. It provides a detailed, annotated window into the night sky, the Time Travel option lets you view the sky as it looked in the past and the future.

Teacher Review

Sky Map is exactly what it sounds like. It's a no-frills map of the sky. Sky Map is simple, and reliable, and is meant for astronomy enthusiasts that just need a simple guide to the night sky. You can select and deselect the categories of objects you want to be displayed on the map. The live view can be set to automatic, which moves as you move your device, or manual, which requires the user to navigate it.

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There's also a nifty time travel feature that will see what the sky looked like on any given date and time. Sky Map was originally developed by Google, but is now donated and open sourced.

At first glance, the application seems like a basic interactive starmap. You can flick through space, looking at your favorite stars and including overlays of constellations. But the application also houses far more impressive functionality. By tapping into the phone’s compass and accelerometer, SkyMap can serve as a virtual viewfinder for space – just point the phone in any direction in the sky, and the application will tell you which stars you’re looking at.

If there’s a specific constellation you’re looking for you can search through the application’s database, and SkyMap will help you find it in the sky, using an intuitive arrow system to tell you which direction to turn. When you get close, a circle will a appear on the screen surrounding the stars that make up the constellation. It’s really a stargazer’s dream come true.

 

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App Details

Devices

Android

Price

Free

Skills

Cognitive Development
Thinking & Reasoning

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Sky Map Devs

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Publisher's Description

Sky Map is an astronomy app giving users the chance to explore space with smartphones. Kids can see stars, constellations, galaxies, planets, meteor showers, and Messier objects in regular or special night mode, which changes all text and lines to red for easy viewing. The Hubble gallery hits you with astronomical images easily located -- along with any other object -- through a simple ring-and-arrow guidance technique.

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