Best iPod Apps: Sky View

For budding astronomers such as myself, Sky View has been a revelation. We can all look up into a clear sky and know where the moon or the sun is, but do you know where to find Saturn? The constellation of Orion? Or even the International Space Station? This fascinating app uses your camera and screen to point these wondrous things out in incredible detail.

How does it work?

Simply put, this app allows you to see the location of all the planets, constellations and many satellites by looking through the lens of your iPhone, iPod or iPad's camera. Once you've located an item that interests you, tap on it and it's name appears at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the name and extensive information comes up about that item. It's exact location in the sky, it's common and not so common names, who discovered it, and many more fascinating facts.

For those times when you're having difficulting locating a specific item, there's a handy search facility that uses an arrow to point you in the right direction.

IPod Touch users will need to calibrate the gyroscope but pointing your iPod down and aligning the on-screen compass with what you'll need to already know is North, South, East and West. Unfortunately, the iPod Touch is not equipped with an onboard gyroscope like the other devices. But this is easy to do and takes seconds.

One of Sky View's best features is that once you tap on an item, for example the moon, it will show you the path that the moon will take across your night sky and even tells you when it will be there.

The same goes with the International Space Station. Easily seen on a clear night with the naked eye, this app will allow to track it's progress and you'll know just when to look up and wave at the passing astronauts!

Specifications

There is a free version of this app, but I think that it is well worth the $1.99 they're asking for the full version.

This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 8.0 or later.

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