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Night Sky

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 18+
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About Night Sky

Night Sky is a free reference application for iOS mobile devices that allows its users to identify stellar objects like stars, planets, galaxies and constellations. Night Sky provides a unique and amazing app that enables users to identify stars, planets, galaxies, constellation and even satellites just by pointing the iPhone camera on the night sky. From the creators of the original Night Sky app comes Night Sky 4, the most advanced and beautiful stargazing app ever created. 

Teacher Review

Night Sky is a long-running ‘planetarium in your pocket’ app that lets you shoot for the stars – no matter what time of day it is.

The app uses your device’s internal accelerometer to overlay a 3D rendering of space, complete with star systems and planets which appear as you hold your device up and move around the sky. The app can be used at any time of day and shows you what would be visible in that position if it was a clear dark night, or you had a telescope.

The app also looks to give you the best experience by offering weather reports for stargazing and notifications for special events. You can tap on various different celestial objects including stars, satellites and other bodies like the sun or moon to learn more about them and their position in the solar system.

The app also uses augmented reality to overlay objects onto the real world using your camera. You can also double tap on an object to pull it into focus before exploring around it as a 3D object, or, if you tap the moon symbol in the bottom right, you will be given a timeline where you can scrub to see what that area of the sky will look like throughout the day or later at night. Essentially time travel in space – Doctor Who, eat your heart out!

But one of Night Sky’s best features is its augmented reality capabilities. AR means that rendered objects and text can be overlaid on top of images captured by your device’s camera. This results in beautiful illustrations of constellations like Leo or Aries towering over your local high street.

If you opt not to use the AR mode, you’re still treated to an animated view which is just as impressive. This shows you the sky and cityscape with the night sky overlaid so you can see what you might expect to find at night.

Night Sky lets you also go to the moon, experience Moon tours of the Apollo 121 and Apollo 15 landing sites right in your iPhone, see the skies in augmented reality and more.


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App Details


iPad, iPhone





Critical Thinking
Engagement and Usability


In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No


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Quickly identify Stars, Planets, Constellations and Satellites above by simply holding your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch to the Night Sky!  This is all done magically.  Whether you are looking for a constellation or the International Space Station, let Night Sky direct you to it.

Night Sky ventures into territories no stargazing app has ever gone to before. Land on the surface of the Moon and experience Moon Tours of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 landing sites.  

Night Sky is the most beautiful and advanced stargazing app available.  

Additional Features: 

Power Sky View with Glass Constellations:  Completely re-engineered for iOS 10 using Metal with 115000 new celestial objects, beautiful Glass Constellations, new Light Spectrum vision with mesmerising visuals, two finger gesture to increase or decrease Light Pollution, and seamless multilayered animated 3D models. 

Magic comes to Apple Watch:  We have brought Sky Tracking to Apple Watch in Night Sky on watchOS 3.  Simply raise your wrist to the sky to quickly identify stars, planets and constellations!  As you lower your wrist you are presented with a Celestial Compass which gives you an overview of all the Stars and Planets currently visible around you.  Use the Digital Crown to Space Travel forwards or backwards in time in Sky View and on the Celestial Compass.  All-important celestial events happening above such as planet rise and set times, and ISS flyovers appear on your watch face in one Consolidated Complication.  We’ve also added beautiful animated push notifications for the International Space Station and all planet rise and set times.

Premium Features:

Land on the Moon:  Moon Tours - One giant leap for innovation.  We’ve accurately recreated the Apollo 11 and Apollo 15 lunar landing sites in a 3D environment as they would appear if you we’re there today!  You are able to explore yourself or be taken on a guided tour of the sites and learn interesting scientific and geographical facts about our Moon while you are actually on it. (Please note Moon Tours are only available on devices that support Metal rendering, iPhone 5S or newer, iPad Air or newer)

Night Sky Tonight:  Get a totally customized experience, Night Sky Tonight gives you an animated view of the sky above you from Sunset to Sunrise. You can scrub through the night to see all celestial events happening local to you.  Within Night Sky Tonight get a breakdown of the stargazing conditions, light pollution, local stargazing sites, and also all planet rise and set times.  You can even tap objects to get reminders, such as when Mars is rising, or when the International Space Station is next flying past! 

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