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 03-29-2017

SkEye | Astronomy
11

SkEye | Astronomy

Android

Seller: Harshad RJ

30 3

Sometimes night can’t come soon enough to see the shimmer of stars at night, or maybe you live in an area with high amounts of light pollution. You look up at the blue sky, and want to see the stars where they are right now, from where you’re standing.

Your wish might just be able to come through with the use of this astronomy app. All it needs are your coordinates, and it’ll give you an accurate star map, personalized to your spot at this time. Know where true north is, or see the positions of your favorite constellations, whenever you want, no matter what time of day it is!

▲First, specify a location. You can get a general location using your network or a more specific one with your GPS.

▲With that location as a starting point, the app will quickly determine where the stars are from your point on the planet!

▲Drag around to see the rest of the sky!

▲Zoom out to see the constellations or zoom in to see the individual stars!

▲Got to Quick Settings if you want to see a clearer outline of either one!

If you’ve got a telescope, this app can work with it using its PUSHTO feature. So whether it’s daytime or nighttime, this app stays handy whenever you want to see the stars. It’s got the outer space details for all sorts of stargazers, whether you’re an astronomy researcher or just a kid who wants to where the Big Dipper is. So long as you just love the stars and want to know where they always are, this app can be your guide!

Android
SkEye | Astronomy

SkEye | Astronomy

Free

Sky Map
12

Sky Map

Android

Seller: Sky Map Devs

30 3

Anyone who loves anything related to the skies or outer space will find this open-source sky map highly useful. Donated by Google, it aims to help you find the locations of space objects such as stars, planets, moons, and more. View what's up there without leaving the comforts of your roof.

This sky map is perfect for people who are huge fans of space, parents who want to teach children about planets and constellations, budding astronomers, and avid stargazers. Quickly search a sky object you want to view, point your phone in the direction of the arrow that appears, and you're good to go. No need for giant telescopes!

▲View stars, planets and the rest of space wherever you are.

▲"Toggle night mode" gives you an alternative way to view the skies.

▲Find constellations, planets, moons and more by following the arrow's direction.

▲Activate "Time Travel" mode to view space conditions in the past or future.

Want to see the sky conditions in the past, maybe during that special solar eclipse or that time when Apollo 11 made a landing on the moon? How about figuring out planet and star positions 20 years from now? Use the "Time Travel" feature and jump through light years! Give your phone to your kids and open their minds to the wonders of outer space. Teach them about our solar system, about star patterns, and more. With a visual map to aid their learning, together you'll be able to appreciate the skies better!

Android
Sky Map

Sky Map

Free

Meteor Shower Calendar
13

Meteor Shower Calendar

Android
iOS

Seller: ccw

30 3

Stargazers who use apps for meteor showers tend to end up relying on complex information to track theses astrological wonders. That is not such a good thing when you are trying to show the stats of a meteor shower to people who don’t know much about astronomy to begin with.

Fortunately, this simple meteor shower app is ideal for teaching the basics to beginner stargazers. Just scroll down to see the information on all the on-going meteor showers of the month. You can see the start, peak, and ending dates of all events, as well as what the moon phase will be on those nights!

▲ Get the list of all ongoing meteor showers for the month. Scroll down for more.

▲ Each meteor shower comes with a general image of its formation as well what phase the moon will be on its peak date.

▲There is also a weather forecast that you can consult so you can see if the sky’s clear enough to view.

There is also a graph that presents additional information about these meteor showers such as their number of stars. And much like the calendar, the information is simpler to digest for those studying these celestial events for the first time. That is why an app like this is ideal for stargazing camps with kids. The same goes for dates! Sharing a nice bit of trivia or two is always a good way to make something more meaningful. Meteor showers are no exception!

Android
Meteor Shower Calendar

Meteor Shower Calendar

Free

iOS
Meteor Shower Calendar

Meteor Shower Calendar

$0.99

Astronomy 101
14

Astronomy 101

Android

Seller: DroidBottle

30 3

Are you curious of how our solar system functions? Discover more of what your eyes can see with this concise guide to take your mind to the stars of the galaxy. When you hit the start button, you are immediately taken on an educational journey of pictures and texts from topics such as astronomy basics to "Deep Space."

Every module is broken down into different topics which you can scroll through or search by name on the toolbar. Content is presented with a white font face over a cosmic background. Moreover, you also have the option to subscribe to newsletters via email.

Android
Astronomy 101

Astronomy 101

Free

Deep Astronomy
15

Deep Astronomy

Android

Seller: Deep Astronomy

30 3

Are you the ultimate space fan? Intensify your knowledge by uncovering the universe's deepest secrets with this impressive app! Come across topics from the mysterious black holes to supernovas to even the milky way. Keeping you posted with the most recent scoops on the galaxy, you're definitely in for an awesome space adventure!

Gather your friends and collect as much information as you can from various articles found in the app that will surely spark your interest!

▲ Take pleasure in reading up on your favorite topics and articles!

▲ Enjoy watching weekly podcasts to learn more about what's happening in outer space.

With this app, you'll find a lot of interesting theories on the different phenomenons in space. Also, you can always leave comments or even discuss with others on who agrees or disagrees with said theories. The best part is that you can share and debate your different opinions!

Whether you're trying to look for a certain topic related to the discussions you have in class or you just love discovering what's out there, then this app is perfect for you!

Android
Deep Astronomy

Deep Astronomy

Free

Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D
16

Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D

Android

Seller: Alexander Kettler

25 2.5

Appreciate the art of nature! Love Mother Earth! If you love to star gaze, watch the magnificent glow of the moon at night, and the vastness of the universe, here's a mobile wallpaper perfect for your phone. Swiping the screen, watch as it spins with a magnificent glow!

Personalize your earth and moon background! Change its "Shader" by putting a "Bump Map + Cloud Shadows" or "Reflection + Cloud Shadows" on the animation. Draw glittering stars and add a glowing halo to Earth to enhance the worldly beauty. Make it more realistic by switching to different parallax strengths such as "Gyroscope" or "Gravity Sensor."

▲ Tilt the screen to discover the beauty of earth.

Android
Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D

Earth & Moon in HD Gyro 3D

Free

Galaxy BM Theme
17

Galaxy BM Theme

Android

Seller: Featuredtheme

30 3

Truly make your device your own as you switch the theme for a love story written among the stars! Stand out from other vanilla phones with this backdrop on your device!

With the cosmic romance wallpaper, you will feel a sense of a love destined for the heavens. See an astronaut offer all the planets of the solar system as a gift of balloons to his beloved. The cute and custom icons will add an adorable touch, reminiscent of a romantic, space-travelling prince.

Feel a sense of hope as you navigate through your various menus! See a cute, cosmic love story play out every time you open your device!

Android
Galaxy BM Theme

Galaxy BM Theme

Free

Galaxy for FancyKey Keyboard
18

Galaxy for FancyKey Keyboard

Android

Seller: Fresh Start Groups

25 2.5

Does your keyboard lack brightness, or does it need a little oomph and pizzazz? Lighten up your keyboard with this star-filled theme!

First, you have to install the FancyKey Keyboard. Then, activate this theme. With just a few clicks, you can turn your keyboard from a "nay" to a "yay!" This slick keyboard presents a visually attracting design: the letters and other keys are styled in a way that they look like a constellation. Plus, as you tap on the different keys, a bright golden yellow ring appears!

This keyboard also offers a swipe-to-text feature: move your finger across the letters and see a planet flying followed by a dazzling series of sparkles while you swipe! Typing has never been this amazing! Have a wonderful typing experience with this outer space keyboard theme!

Android
Galaxy for FancyKey Keyboard

Galaxy for FancyKey Keyboard

Free

ISS Live - HD Earth viewing
19

ISS Live - HD Earth viewing

Android

Seller: Nadion

25 2.5

Experience the transformational wonder of seeing our planet from cameras belonging to the International Space Station(ISS)! You can follow the ISS cameras wherever they go via live feeds, complete with a map that shows the exact coordinates, speed, visibility, and country, so you will know if it visits your area.

"HD NASA TV" and "NASA TV Media" are also available for you to take a peek into daily life in the space administration. Be able to impart your thoughts with other users with screenshots and a live comments section that feels like a chat room. Take away the stresses of a long day as you feel the uplifting effect of watching an overview of our Earth.

Android
ISS Live - HD Earth viewing

ISS Live - HD Earth viewing

Free

LunaSolCal Mobile
20

LunaSolCal Mobile

Android
iOS

Seller: Volker Voecking Software Engineering

25 2.5

When it comes to natural lighting, nothing beats knowing when the sun will really rise and for how long. The same goes for the moon (and all its phases). That is why this lunar and solar calendar app is a better than any regular weather tool.

It goes especially for those who like the sight of these celestial bodies rising just above the skyline. Its accurate estimates of sunrise and sunset is perfect for timing that wonderful rooftop picture of the dawn. A quick glance is all it takes!

▲Know the lunar and solar forecasts for your city!

▲View additional details such as the altitude and the effects of the solstices!

Other useful information include the altitude as well as the length of day. It is perfect, not just for morning and dusk but knowing just how long you have to take those sunlit walks in the park or afternoon strolls.

A similar idea applies to the phases of the moon. Know what day has just that right crescent shape for a good picture. Where it is enough to see the clouds for the weather, a solar-lunar calendar is a better schedule for seeing that perfectly lit skyline!

Android
LunaSolCal Mobile

LunaSolCal Mobile

Free

iOS
LunaSolCal

LunaSolCal

$2.99