Best Astronomy Apps

Astronomy apps are found in this category. These apps allow the user to learn and experience more about space. Types include star maps, news, and research astronomy apps. Astronomy apps are great for those interested in stargazing and outer space.

Last updated 06-24-2017

ISS Detector Satellite Tracker
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ISS Detector Satellite Tracker

Android

Seller: RunaR

40 4

There are more than stars and planets in the sky above us, there are satellites up there too, and now you can follow them as they orbit Earth! See the location of the ISS (International Space Station), as well as all of the Iridium satellites still in service!

While Iridium 33 collided with Kosmos 2251 (Feb. 2009), there are still many more out there, as well as those that have been scheduled for future launches. Browse the list and with GPS help, see what you can spot. The Iridium satellites, due to their antenna, set off Iridium flares and will sometimes be the brightest object in the sky at night, or even visible during the day!

▲ Choose the satellite that you want to track - conditions, time, and location will be shown.

▲ See exactly where you need to be to for it pass by, such as between the two red lines.

▲ Once outside, use the radar screen to face the right direction, then plant yourself down comfortably.

Of course, this tracker app also includes the weather reports with the proper viewing angle - it is no fun waiting and waiting, then not being able to see anything due to clouds or rain. Another intersting tip is that if you are using an Iridium satellite phone, your reception should be pretty good!

So plan your evenings out and try to catch a glimpse of the ISS (or any of the satellites) that might be passing by overhead. Look for a sliver of light, and know exactly what is winging its way past you at about 17,000 (or more) miles an hour!

Android
ISS Detector Satellite Tracker

ISS Detector Satellite Tracker

Free

Dodge Meteor : Earth, Save Us
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Dodge Meteor : Earth, Save Us

Android

Seller: GAMEFOX

35 3.5

Most games involving asteroids usually have you flying around in a space ship. In this game however, you play the role of the Earth itself! Drag to guide it away from danger as it evades a mysterious barrage of meteors.

Fortunately, you don’t simply dodge forever. Special power-ups will pop up that allow you to turn the cosmic tide! Conjure black holes to suck up all meteors on screen. Deploy alien shields that destroy all meteors that try to get through.

This earns you coins as well as records the length of your survival in terms of centuries. Both can allow you to further unlock awesome customization options for the planet. Survive for millennia and start decorating the globe with ancient wonders. Purchase permanent power-ups like the “Satellite” to help you survive longer out there. Become an asteroid-busting hero on a whole new scale!

▲ Meteors are heading your way! Figure out how to best avoid them while looking for power-ups.

▲Some can provide you protection while others clean up the meteors and earn coins!

▲ Unlock special boosters that can help you survive longer against the bombardment.

Android
Dodge Meteor : Earth, Save Us

Dodge Meteor : Earth, Save Us

Free

Star Walk 2 Free: View the Sky
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Star Walk 2 Free: View the Sky

Android
iOS

Seller: Vito Technology

35 3.5

There is nothing like staring at the magnificence of the stars to make you feel tiny. But have you ever wanted to know more about those glittery floating dots? Astrology is the oldest natural science, and its observations have dated back since the beginning of recorded history. With a combination of modern-technology and past-knowledge, we now know more than ever about this source of fascination - and that is displayed clearly and intricately within this app.

Scan the skies by swiping with your finger, and the app will use its real-time motion tracking to display sensational images of constellations. Upgrade the app and be able to snap a photo of the heavens at night, and the sky map will give you detailed information on what you are gazing at. You can change a number of functions in the settings menu to alter how your screen displays the star readings, such as nigh mode which gives the screen a red glare.

▲ Swipe the screen to explore the atmosphere and view titled star constellations!

▲ View comprehensive information on the planets and their behavior.

▲ Observe the invisible structure of space with up to six filters - includes a red night vision mode!

Learn more about the stars, constellations, satellites, planets, and deep sky objects. Take a peek into the future, and view accurate data of the moons' expected path. Or take a trip back by changing the time and date, and observe past patterns and events at a magnitude difficult for the human mind to speculate. Navigate with ease using the compass as your guide, and browse into the unknown.

Whether you are keen to relieve your curiosity, or are planning some star gazing activities on an upcoming rural trip, download this app to fuel knowledge and encourage conversation.
The galaxy - in your hands!

Android
Star Walk 2 Free: View the Sky

Star Walk 2 Free: View the Sky

Free

purrfectpurrson
5

December 3, 2016

Amazing map app! The 3D constellations are really cool to watch, and the information they provide is detailed and interesting.

iOS
Star Walk ™ 2 Free - Guide to the Night Sky to View Stars, Planets, Meteor Showers & Constellations

Star Walk ™ 2 Free - Guide to the Night Sky to View Stars, Planets, Meteor Showers & Constellations

Free

Aurora Forecast
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Aurora Forecast

Android

Seller: dziadosz.eu

35 3.5

Are you an avid camper who likes to to watch the northern lights, or maybe an amateur astronomer? If you are, this app may be a great help to you. See the aurora borealis in its entire splendor as the app provides a KP Index and probability percentage to notify you on when you will be the best chance to see the famous northern lights in your location!

Ready your cameras as you wait for alerts about auroral activities, and ready yourself to capture its magnificence!

Android
Aurora Forecast

Aurora Forecast

Free

Aurora Forecast 3D
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Aurora Forecast 3D

Android

Seller: Fred Sigernes

35 3.5

If you live in the northern or southern countries in the world, or are simply someone who wants to watch the floating lights – then this app is great for you. Forecast the forthcoming location of the aurora borealis, or australis. In addition to that, the app has an integrated 3D version of the Earth which you can rotate through simple scaling from your fingertips. Zoom out and you can view 3D representations of each planet, including the moon.

An aurora compass is also made available to give you the location of the auroral oval, the moon, and the sun. The app also identifies the age and the current phase of the moon.

Android
Aurora Forecast 3D

Aurora Forecast 3D

Free