Astronomy lovers and enthusiasts in the past had to buy expensive equipment and telescopes to fulfill their passion, but with the inclusion of slick gadgets and softwares, exploring the universe and star gazing have become too easy and simple.
So recently I was searching for an astronomy app for my iPhone and I came across a very innovative app called as SkyView. Developed by Terminal Eleven LLC, SkyView app is basically a star gazing app that employs augmented reality so that the users can explore the universe in a virtual scenario.
SkyView App Features
So how the app works? Well it implements the layers of augmented reality and merge them with iPhone’s camera feed so that the users get a 3D interactive guide to various kind of happenings in the sky above.Once the App is launched, users will be viewing their camera and a layer of augmented reality. Although AR view is not calibrated but users can calibrate it manually from the settings tab. Since the calibration thing is all manual so you have to get a general direction from your location, swiping the entire screen in either direction will automatically adjust AR layers.
There are other additional options as well using which users can toggle visibility of objects like Sun, Planets, Moons, Stars and constellations. Users have a complete control of what they see within SkyView interface.
Users can also tweak the size of satellite and planets as per their liking and can also change time & date means that you can view that how the sky will look like in the coming days. App also has a very comprehensive user guide that will automatically start on the first launch.
Sky Path Feature of SkyView App
The feature that I liked the most is “Sky Path”, this particular feature allow users to track the path of any celestial object like Sun or Moon during a 24-hour period. Searching for any particular object will show an arrow that will point to that object on your app screen.
So I guess if you are looking for a star gazing and augmented reality app for your iPhone or iPod Touch then you should definitely grab SkyView. The SkyView app can be downloaded from Apple App store for $0.99 and for users that want to test out a limited version then there is a free version as well.