Best Astronomy Apps for Android

Find the best Astronomy apps for Android within this page. 40 Astronomy apps are reviewed and ranked based on originality, timeliness, and user-friendliness.

Last updated 03-29-2017

Star Walk 2 - View the Sky
1st

Star Walk 2 - View the Sky

Android

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 - View the Sky

Star Walk 2 - 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.

ISS Detector Satellite Tracker
2nd

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

Aurora Forecast
3rd

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
4

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

Night Sky Tools - Astronomy
5

Night Sky Tools - Astronomy

Android

Seller: Sappalodapps Development

35 3.5

Find yourself in awe as you gaze up above at our solar system. This interactive and informative tool will let you take a look at the night sky by using the sky map, planisphere, and polar finder. Aside from that, obtain detailed and accurate information regarding planets, satellites, visual binary and variable stars, exoplanets, comets, constellations, and other astronomical objects!

From calculating the atmospheric refraction, angular separation, and coordinate converter to checking out the Caldwell, Messier, and NGC/IC Catalogs - this accurate tool will provide you with all the information you need. Tap, swipe, and use the onscreen controls to acquire the data that you are looking for. Whether you are answering a homework about Hertsprung-Russel Diagram or are tasked to provide the time of the equinoxes, this night sky tool is your sure-fire ticket to ace your astronomy class!

Android
Night Sky Tools - Astronomy

Night Sky Tools - Astronomy

Free

Sha-Doh1989
3

November 15, 2016

Nice one! Pretty detailed and informative. The only weird thing is, it also has a caller ID function? Kind of strange for an astronomy app..

View-Master® Space
6

View-Master® Space

Android

Seller: Mattel

35 3.5

It’s your free ticket to space! This tool allows anyone who owns a View-Master VR viewer to have a look at an excellent virtual version of the interstellar environment! Have a 360-degree view of the galaxy and get acquainted with the different kinds of constellations, stars and planets!

Take a closer look at a spacecraft or get the chance to launch a shuttle by inputting a series of commands! Experience the thrill and adventure of exploring the cosmos using your VR viewer and phone! Simply launch the app, place your device inside the viewer and you’re ready to take off!

▲View gorgeous forms of popular constellations like "Ursa Major."

▲Get fast facts on random objects you see on this virtual space viewer.

Venture into a virtual, interplanetary exploration while experiencing the comfort of your own home! Be amazed by the awesome cosmic display and learn more about Mars and Earth’s similarity, the distance of Jupiter or the beauty of Ursa Major!

Turn your VR viewer into a planetarium and enjoy an educational virtual tour! Take a quick view of the stars before hitting the bed or while waiting for a once in a blue moon meteor shower! Bring the cosmos inside your mobile and be an instant space explorer!

Android
View-Master® Space

View-Master® Space

Free

sally_Sweet_tooth
4

January 4, 2017

Great sound effects and easy to get into it, and also the VR option is super cool. The only thing is, I found my phone got really hot really quickly when I was using it..

Puzzle KebraKoko Solar System
7

Puzzle KebraKoko Solar System

Android

Seller: Owpoga.com

30 3

Familiarize the entirety of the solar system while having fun! In this classic-style sliding puzzle game, test your memory and solving skills as you try to place the sun and the other eight planets in order from top left to right. Carefully slide your finger to rearrange the puzzle pieces.

The controls might look easy, but the gameplay is where the real challenge is — you only have a single spot to move all the other planets! The game does not have a time limit, however you will be measured on how fast you can complete the puzzle. It is a race against time to align Sun to Neptune together!

▲ Test your knowledge of the solar system as you arrange the sun and the planets in order while having fun!

▲ Hone your memory and critical thinking skills across three different tile boards as you race against the clock!

With this solar system puzzle game, learning while having fun is now made possible, especially when it is your first time to learn about the planets. However, the challenge doesn't stop there! You can enhance and sharpen your memory and critical thinking skills by completing each of the 4x4 and 5x5 boards.

Packed with stunning graphics of Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and the Earth, you will get to familiarize yourself with all the planets just by looking at them. In addition, the planet's diameter is also shown below, as well as their Spanish and French name.

If you want to a game that will keep your hands busy while widening your knowledge of the solar system, this app is perfect for you! Master the alignment of the sun and each of the eight planets, and boost your solving skills after your astronomy class or while riding the bus on your way home!

Android
Puzzle KebraKoko Solar System

Puzzle KebraKoko Solar System

$0.99

Star Walk Kids: Space Explorer
8

Star Walk Kids: Space Explorer

Android

Seller: Vito Technology

25 2.5

Nurture your child's fascination with space and provide answers to their burning questions about how the universe works with this interactive educational tool! Help young minds understand the basic principles of astronomy and physics in beautifully illustrated cartoon graphics and a sage, ad-free, and delightful learning environment where each tap or swipe leads to another exciting discovery.

Let your little one point your device towards the sky and happily explore stars, constellations, the solar system, and other objects in our galaxy with a panoramic view of the sky that moves and changes using the time machine and by setting the season. Easily access information about a celestial object with a tap, and learn awesome facts with entertaining, animated videos and friendly voice narrations.

▲ Let kids study the celestial objects they see in the sky, accurately depicted according to your current location and time!

▲ Learn about the planets, stars, and constellations with numerical data and voice narrations of facts!

▲ Visit the "Movie Theatre" to watch engrossing animated videos about the Moon, Sun, Ursa Major and more!

Does your little one wonder about a star's life? Let them know how these glimmering celestial objects are born, how they become black holes, and what happens in between. Amaze young minds with a wealth of information including how huge the sun is, how long will it take for man to travel to the moon by walking, how many stars are there in the Milky Way, or why the Internal Space Station was built.

Achieve peace of mind when you focus on your chores and tasks as the app quenches your child's thirst for knowledge about the things that exist beyond the earth's atmosphere. Take joy and pride as they tell you about their fresh discoveries. Introduce your child to the wonders of the universe in a delightfully engaging educational app!

Android
Star Walk Kids: Space Explorer

Star Walk Kids: Space Explorer

$0.99

Phases of the Moon Free
9

Phases of the Moon Free

Android

Seller: Universe Today

25 2.5

Are you a lunar aficionado that easily gets smitten by the moon's mysterious aura? See the constant changes in the shadows on a 3D moon powered by data from NASA. You can spin it back and forth to see the advances. View the current date, the distance, phase names, location of your zodiac, and the illumination percentage of the moon, all updated in real time via GPS of your location. It feels as if you are looking straight at the moon!

Pinch to zoom in and out of the moon to see its lunar crates and landing sites. This astronomy app also includes a Live Wallpaper and a widget so you do not have to keep opening the app to see the updates. Share your favorite screenshot of the moon with your loved ones on social media!

Android
Phases of the Moon Free

Phases of the Moon Free

Free

ISS onLive
10

ISS onLive

Android

Seller: PoliLabs

30 3

Space has been always been a huge part of human dreams, and thanks to technology, progress. As a species, we have come a long way, and the International Space Station (ISS) is one of the modern marvels of technology. Now, in addition to see it crossing the night sky, take a look through its cameras and see the world the way it does!

This app allows you to view live feed from ISS's orbit around the Earth, and whatever it is watching, you can gaze upon it as well. In addition, so you know where it it, there is also a map of its trajectory, and directions. Take this chance to see the world from a new perspective -the cold, black vacuum of space!

▲ Watch the earth from the cameras of the International Space Station.

▲ You can choose from 2 cameras to get live feed of the earth and you can also track ISS's movement in the map.

▲ Know when the space station will pass over your place and see its trajectory on the map.

▲ Toggle the layers of the map and see which regions are still at night or at daytime.

▲ Enjoy the rare and beautiful view.

This app can give you a whole new perspective about the world you live in. You can now see its beauty from outer space. The app also allows you to track the trajectory of the ISS in real-time so you can set an alarm when the space station passes over where you are. Although, the live feed sometimes is not available due to some transmission difficulties from ISS, you just have to be patient and the transmission will return. Enjoy the fantastic view of the beauty of the Earth from space.

Android
ISS onLive

ISS onLive

Free

takeit_away833
5

November 16, 2016

Fun! Interesting seeing where the ISS is at the current moment, and works with my Chromecast which is cool. Makes you feel like you're in space yourself :)