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Monday, 15 July 2013

Astronomy Mobile Applications for all sky observers

It does not matter if you are a beginner or an experienced astronomer. It's never too late to become interested in astronomy and these apps can help you match your concerns for stargazing.

I put in one place a selection of great apps for you on the phone or iPad.

Many of the apps are free and you will be amazed at how beautiful they are!


Astronomy app for calculating with high precision positions of Sun, Moon and planets for amateur astronomers and planetar observers who prefer facts and data applications instead of beautiful images. Planetdroid finds the sunset or sunrisebeginning of seasons, phases of the Moon and planetary aspects.

Visit PlanetDroid

Meteor Shower Calendar

Want to know when will be the next meteor shower? This application will display a list of upcoming meteor showers and the approximate date that will occur with specific details for each.

Visit Meteor Shower Calendar

Moon 3D (Android)

Simple tool for calculating Moon phases for any date.
- Visual display of the current Moon phase
- The next phases (new moon and full moon)
- Select a date in the past or future
- Choose Northern or Southern Hemisphere
- Exploration mode: you can rotate and zoom the spherical model of the Moon
- Can be installed on SD card
- Can be used as Widget

Visit Moon 3D

Moon Maps (Android)

Moon Maps is an 2D interactive lunar atlas images. Choose between two layers of maps (Clementine and Lunar Orbiter mosaic), and search a database of Moon features.
This application has sponsored ads.

Visit Moon Maps

ISS Live (Android)

Interact with live streaming data from the International Space Station (ISS), make 3D virtual tours of Mission Control Center (MCC) and the ISS, and see the console displays crew and scientific terms for a fun and educational experience with NASA.

Visit ISS Live

SkEye (Android)

 SkEye is an advanced Planetarium that can also be used as a guide for PUSHTO telescopes.

Have you ever been on a camping trip and wondered what objects are in the sky? Now you can be familiar with astronomy by identifying stars, constellations and deep sky objects from the Messier and NGC catalogs.

Visit SkEye

Planetoid: Solar Planet Orrery

Planetoid is an interactive simulation of solar planetary positions in time. You can change the viewing angle or direction selecting a time, as orbits of the planets are observed around the Sun.

 Visit Planetoid

Sunspots (Android)

Sunspots are a temporary phenomena caused by intense magnetic activity on the Sun's photosphere that appear visible as dark spots compared to the surrounding regions.
- The latest NASA SOHO images!
- The latest NASA SDO images!
- Every day new pictures!
- Extreme ultraviolet images!
- Sun as wallpaper!

Visit SunSpots

Solar Dynamics (Android)

SDO (Solar Dynamic Observatory), is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
HMI (Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager)
AIA (Atmospheric Imaging Assembly)
EVE (Extreme Ultraviolet Experiment Variablity)

Visit Solar Dynamics

Space Map

Discover the universe around us, beyond our Solar System at the external borders of the super-group Virgo, in our galaxy.

Spacemap is an expanded planetarium (tool for visualizing relative movements of celestial objects) which allows you to view phases, movements, and positions of elements in the universe all on the iPad. Spacemap moves up through the viewing area beyond Uranus, which is represented in three dimensions. Discover beautiful animation starting from the Sun to the outer limits of super-group Virgo. Planets and exoplanets, comets, asteroids and near-Earth objects, galaxies and nebulae, in full view 3D animation in time.

Visit Space Map.

Hubble Top 100

Feel the Universe at your fingertips and access a universe of knowledge with the ESA / Hubble Top 100 Images, which brings users the best Hubble pictures from ESA, as NASA's partner in this international project.

Full use of the new iPad 2 features, users will be delighted by some of the most dramatic views of the Universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as having the chance to learn more about astronomy. You have 100 most amazing astronomical images from space taken by the Hubble Telescope. All images are ready for use as wallpapers. You can also play a slideshow with chill-out music and additional information on just a tap away.Visit Hubble Top 100 


This is a guide of the 3D Solar System for aspiring astronomers. You get in-depth information about all the planets (except Pluto). You can locate the planets, either in 2D or 3D mode and select different visibility of the sky, such as X-rays, infrared, microwave and radio. There is also a global function, which allows you to view a 3D image of the planets and the Moon. (iOS)
Visit Planets


In addition for providing information and images about our universe, NASA App HD offers cool features like live streaming NASA TV, video on demand from NASA missions and information about current releases and more. There is also a satellite tracker and detailed data on the International Space Station passing through your region. WiFi or 3G network connection is required. (iPad) If its not find free, it can be found directly from your phone in the Google Play or Play Store, or those using an HTC, the HTC Hub.
Visit Nasa App HD

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)

As the name tells, this application provides a wonderful new astronomy every day. Images are carefully selected by NASA astronomers. You can browse through decades of high resolution photographs from NASA, to jump to a photo by date, save them and share them with friends. (iOS and Android)

Visit APOD

The Star Walk From ESO - An Interactive Astronomy Guide

Vito Technology Inc.. ®, rebuilt the popular stars guide Star Walk for the new iPad with new superior graphics and content.

Using astronomical images from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and ESA / Hubble Picture of the Day section of the application, bring high-resolution images of star clusters, Messier and other astronomical objects.

   Star Walk app delivers the best experience designed for today's astronomers, students and enthusiasts of the night sky, allowing users to easily locate and identify 20,000 + objects in the sky. The 360 degrees map, with Multi-Touch, displays 3D models of constellations, stars, planets, satellites, and galaxies currently overhead from anywhere on Earth.

With the latest update, users can enjoy unprecedented graphics and interactivity made ​​with the iSight camera and Retina display on the new iPad.

Vizitati Star Walk

Google Sky Map

This app turns your Android device into a window on the night sky.

It offers the opportunity to raise your Adroid device into the sky and see the map of constellations. In addition, users can search for planets, grids, deep sky objects, and also use the search feature to find something specific in space. It offers a simple interface and is an excellent tool for identifying all the sky. (Android).

Visit Google Sky Map

I hope that some of these amazing applications will bring you closer to the stars! The catalog will be always updated with new applications.


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