SkyView Free

SkyView Free

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If you dream of starry heaven, there is no need to go to Astronomy Observatory and look through a telescope. You can easily see any star in the SkyView mobile application available for free. It will show you a celestial map with all constellations. This well-designed application has an intuitive interface. You should use a camera scanning across the sky to view solar system and more distant galaxies. It operates both during the day and at night showing satellites flying by.

The app is very simple. The interface is operated in an easy manner. You will master its controls in no time. Almost all actions can be performed with tapping. Just point a smartphone at the sky and get the idea of what is located just above you. There are so-called sky paths and option allowing to see the current fragment in the past or some future period. If you activate night mode, the software applies red or green night mode filters. You can make unique shots and share them on almost any social network. In order to make the app function, you should not provide WiFi or GPS. You can go camping or even be in a plain and apply it without restrictions. You can adjust Space Navigator spotting scope, binoculars, and telescopes to this app and have fun!

This is a good instrument for teaching children or even students. This is an example of what technology can do with even remote sky objects. Developers of SkyView mixed special astronomical knowledge with the capabilities of a mobile device and GPS technology. As a result, a user gets application being able to identify all of existing constellations and stars. The app includes calendar integration which contains future celestial events. There is setting reminding you of the even and of the exact time when it happens at. Another feature allows viewing pictures of the night sky at specified date in the past.

When you open the app you are expected to set your location by hands or to launch the GPS locator so that it could set a precise location. On the base of this information, the app starts operating and shows the sky. There is the Augmented Reality mode, which is mostly set by the users. It applies a camera of the device to get the visual information of your current location and merges it with astronomic diagrams delivered from GPS database. You will view almost the alive objects which can be seen in a powerful telescope. Precise locations of the stars are displayed on the screen.

Conclusion

This app is a perfect tool for fans of the stars. It has a rich database of celestial objects with exact data of the positions of planets and stars in the solar system and beyond its borders. You will see them on a map, and the additional information about the objects will be mentioned at the bottom of the screen. You can compare this software with interactive astronomic encyclopedia, and probably you will not find the analogue of such high quality in the market. It is much more comprehensive and detailed compared with most paid-for apps being completely free to download.

Pros

  • Intuitive interface, easy to cope with even for beginners;
  • Highly educational with useful features;
  • Constantly updated.

Cons

  • No rich in additional options.

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