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SkyView® Free

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+

About Skyview

SkyView app is a free augmented reality (AR) app for both iOS and Android devices, that uses your smartphone's camera to uncover different stars, constellations, planets, star clusters and other celestial bodies in the night sky. You can also discover coordinates and facts, which if you have kids, can turn your stargazing into an educational experience. SkyView Free is a stargazing app allowing users to explore aspects of the night sky and learn more about astronomy.

Skyview Review

SkyView is a free app for Android which helps to identify stars, planets, satellites, and constellations. The app provides endless information on the world above and even provides notifications for upcoming stargazing events.

In SkyView, kids can see what's in the sky above them. They point the device in any direction and see what planets, constellations, and even satellites are in the sky. When they see something, they can tap on it, and then read a bunch of facts about it.

Kids can learn about astronomy and tons of sky-related factoids, from astronauts and their missions to distances of stars from Earth. They can build their research skills by tracking and recording the trajectory of their favorite planet. SkyView Universe is well-suited to give kids who are already interested in astronomy the information they seek and also to inspire kids who may not have wondered about the sky to be more curious. SkyView Universe gives loads of science information with some cool features, but the amount and depth of exploration is up to the kids. 

This isn’t just an app catering for fans of the billions of stars in the sky, however. The app’s dynamically-mapped database of celestial objects also includes the positions of many planets in this solar system, as well as individual stars (not just constellations), the sun and moon, and satellites such as the Hubble Telescope. Not only is each object’s position mapped across the sky, however, but information about each object centred in the circular viewfinder is displayed at the bottom of the screen. This makes it one of the most interactive encyclopaedias of astronomy-based knowledge to exist on the app-store. Information isn’t quite as detailed or comprehensive as some of the paid-for apps out there, however, but it will do considering that the app is free to download!

Adding to the app’s basic functionality, Terminal Eleven even included calendar integration, allowing you to take note of future celestial events. You can set the app to remind you of the time of each event – this could range from the passing of a comet to a launch – and you can then utilise the app to allow you to view exactly where in the night sky the event is taking place! Other functions include viewing snapshots of the night sky at a selected date in the past, and even integration with peripherals such as Terminal Eleven’s Space Navigator Binoculars.

Finally, the app’s design has been kept wonderfully simple, meaning that anyone – even technophobes – can use it. It’s really just a case of point and tap, with occasional navigating of simple menus, and taking snapshots of the sky if you wish. It’s not as rich in functions as paid-for apps like Mobile Observatory, but for a free app, it does a lot more than you’d think!

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App Details

Teacher Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Engagement and Usability
Creative Development
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Terminal Eleven LLC

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Publisher's Description

SkyView® Free app brings stargazing to everyone, and it's totally free! Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more!

Just like a car’s GPS, SkyView guides you where to aim your binoculars or telescope to find any space object. Works with all Apple® iPhones®, including the NEW iPhone® 6 and iPhone® 6 Plus! Available in stores and online, the Space Navigator binoculars, spotting scope, telescope, or deluxe telescope make the perfect gift!

SkyView is an Augmented Reality app that lets you see just what delights the sky has to offer.  You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® Free and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView® Free is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find your favorite constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate the Moon, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.

Features

  • Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
  • Sightings: set reminders for celestial events and plan an evening stargazing & spotting satellites.
  • Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
  • Sky Paths: Follow the daily sky tracks for the Sun and Moon to see their exact locations in the sky on any date & time.
  • Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
  • Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
  • Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
  • Supports Space Navigator™ binoculars, spotting scope, and telescopes.

What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your friends about our wonderful universe!

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