Sky Map is an application for Android devices that allows users to identify stars, planets, nebulae, and more. The utility is intended for amateur astronomers to determine celestial objects and plan observing sessions. Moreover, this tool can also be helpful for educators to teach students about the night sky.
Database and map
There is a huge database of over 100 million stars, planets, and other celestial objects. This app uses your device’s sensors to determine your location and orientation, so it can accurately display the sky above you. It is possible to view constellations and even the Milky Way, similar to Celestia. Also, the utility can show the positions of the Sun and Moon.
To identify stars, planets, nebulae, and more you need to point your device at the sky. It is necessary to provide the app with appropriate permissions such as access to the geomagnetical sensor, GPS data, camera, and more. Search for celestial objects by name is provided.
It is possible to control the brightness of the display to preserve your night vision. In addition, you can move back and forth in time to see how celestial objects move. Please note that this app is open-sourced and constantly updated.
- it is possible to view and identify various celestial objects;
- there is a database with detailed information about stars, planets, constellations, etc.;
- you can view the interactive map of the night sky;
- the app is free to download and use;
- compatible with current Android versions.