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 03-24-2017

Aurora forecast
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Aurora forecast

Android

Seller: Tom Egil Dørum

20 2

Whether living or planning to go to a country where you can view the auroras, you will find this helpful forecast tool very handy. It lets you determine when and where the northern or southern lights will most likely appear!

The black user interface of this lightweight app makes it easy to choose the KP value of your area and the time period for receiving alert notifications. The app will inform you one hour ahead, giving you enough time to prepare yourself for the magnificent viewing experience.

Whether you are after the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis, this forecast tool makes things more convenient!

Android
Aurora forecast

Aurora forecast

Free

Aurora Notifier
32

Aurora Notifier

Android

Seller: beebeetle

20 2

Aurora Borealis, often called the "Northern Lights", are best known for their dancing spectrum of color, a celestial ballet that we are lucky to watch. For many aurora hunters, it is a spectacle beyond beauty, but often it is a stroke of luck to catch this natural wonder. Now you can prep for the solar magnetic fields, and increase your chances of seeing the whimsical lights of the North.

Guiding you through active notifications of activity, you will be informed of when it may be possible to see an Aurora Borealis! Get the "Kp-Index", and if it reaches a six or higher, prepare to pack your bags for a cold journey!

▲ See the globe's "Kp-Index" reading above.

▲ Enlarge the image to double check the geographical location.

▲ Set the standards first hand to be alerted with a specific "Kp-index".

Place your notifications and have everything you need to get to the area. With transportation today, you could be as your desk one day, and in Norway the next. With an advanced "Kp-index", the opportunity of possibles will give you the heads up to book a ticket!

When the "Kp-index" is high, get the alert on your phone, and be ready to move quickly to catch those natural, frozen light shows. This rare phenomenon can go down from years of hunting to maybe only a few months. Let experience, solar wind data, and the "Kp-index" let you know where you should be to track this amazing sight!

Android
Aurora Notifier

Aurora Notifier

Free

VR Solar System
33

VR Solar System

Android

Seller: Onepixelsoft

20 2

Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut or fantasized about visiting space someday? Turn your dreams into (virtual) reality with this solar system exploration app! Strap on a VR headset of your choosing (such as Google Cardboard, XG, VRelia, etc.) and experience space exploration first-hand.

Enter the "final frontier" and see what planets are made of and how astrophysics works. Awaken the senses as you hop from planet to planet and take in those fascinating, gaseous celestial spheres we call planets. Leave Earth for a moment and perform your own giant leap for mankind without taking a single step out your door!

Android
VR Solar System

VR Solar System

Free

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

Android

Seller: GAMEFOX

00 0.0

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 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 record the length of your survival in terms 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

Mooncast
35

Mooncast

Android
iOS

Seller: Mathieu Routhier

00 0.0

Do you find it relaxing to look at the moon at night? If you do, here is an app that is bound to spark your interest. There is no need to constantly check your calendar, or browse through the internet to know the moon's forecast thanks to this app!

Swipe your screen to check out the moon's status yesterday, today, tomorrow, and the next day. See if it will be a waxing crescent, waning gibbous, last quarter, or first quarter and know how much of the moon will be illuminated as you prepare for some Luna watching!

▲ Know what the moon's phase will be today and tomorrow and how bright will it glow in the night sky!

▲ Gleam with joy as you acquire accurate moon predictions in the palms of your hands!

▲ Turn on your alarm and be notified when the new or full moon may be visible. Enjoy the your lunar watching!

Packed with a realistic and detailed representation of the moon every day, checking its phases has never been so fantastic and accurate! Not to mention the cloud animations included, get excited by the prospect of viewing the real thing. In addition, this app allows you to browse the phases of the moon, since 2011, right up to 2025!

Wondering when will be the next new moon or full moon? Don't fret, you can check the almanac for date and time predictions. Make sure you don't forget to turn on your alarm the day before or the same day to remind yourself, especially when you are waiting for that specific day to arrive. With this tool at your fingertips, checking out the phases of the moon has now been made even easier and hassle-free!

Android
Mooncast

Mooncast

$0.99

iOS
Mooncast - The Phases of the Moon

Mooncast - The Phases of the Moon

$0.99

NASA
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NASA

Android
iOS

Seller: NASA 

00 0.0

Have you ever wondered what is out there beyond the skies? What do we see from the satellites? How big is the galaxy? What have we learned so far?

As humans, we are curious to know what is going on in NASA. What are their upcoming missions? Learn NASA activities, space missions, read articles of new discoveries, explore space and earth through a number of satellite and local images and even watch videos and live feeds from space launches! If you are astrophysics geeks, you love to explore the world or you are simply inquisitive about scientific discoveries, this app will help you learn that.

▲You can tap from any 9 sections such as Mission, Images, Videos, Tweets, TV and Radio, News and Features, Centers, Featured stories and Programs. Tap any section and load details and skim each detail.

▲With the high tech space telescopes and satellites, NASA shares with us their high definition captures of the world above us. Tap any of the photos to see the full image. A detail button is located in every photo. Photo stories help us learn more about the sighting.

▲Do you want to know what NASA is up to? Find out their projects and learn more of MMS, SMAP, OCO-2, etc. Be updated of what NASA is up to.

Everybody knows what the acronym NASA is about. Whenever we talk about NASA, we imagine aliens and intergalactic discoveries. NASA is a US Government agency that encourages peaceful applications in aeronautics and space act. This app educates people of the activities within the facilities and what we need to learn outside of our world and also inside. Discoveries, projects and other activities related to the space system is covered in the app. If you are an educator, you can use information you can learn and share that in school. As an astrophysicist or scientist, these updates are quite helpful to other future activities. The app provides more than just information, it also gives guidance to what we look forward to in the future.

iOS
NASA App

NASA App

Free

Aurora Forecast
37

Aurora Forecast

Android
iOS

Seller: TINAC Inc.

00 0.0

Are you planning to fulfill your dream of traveling to Sweden or Alaska to witness the surreal phenomenon that is the Northern Lights? Keep track with this app! Know when is the right day and time to spot them. Be informed of any solar activity to get forecast of the next northerd lights dance. Don't just take a chance, find out for yourself!

Catch the beautiful northerd lights by learning with the help of infographs and solar explosion alerts. A handy tool that gives you a data forecast provided by NOAA POES and Geophysical Institute of UAF. Add it on your bucketlist as you now have the opportunity to get a glimpse of it by following the graphic forecast.

▲Check out the Forecast in real time. Find out the sun patterns and SWPC Ovation forecast to see any upcoming activity.

▲Watch out for peaks and highs, as they predict possible aurora activity.

▲See graphs of Radio flux and mid to high latitude KP index for assisted signals of particles that may cause auroral activity.

▲Check out the norther and southern prediction through radio wave frequency using the OVATION-Prime Model.

If you are a real aurora chaser, dreams of gazing over the beautiful aurora borealis, or want to learn about this wonderful sight, you may find this tool handy to locate and find any activity with the analyzer map. For both the northern and southern hemispheres, you can catch this majestic solar activity of bright colors by reading the highs and lows of possibility. Authentic information comes from NOAA POES, a space weather prediction center for auroral activities, so you don't have to wait forever for those lights to come. Plan out your game and see the sun ray movements and be on your way when the odds are high. Best of all, get notifications from this app when the night looks to be promising!

Android
Aurora Forecast

Aurora Forecast

Free

iOS
Aurora Forecast.

Aurora Forecast.

Free

Night Sky Lite™
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Night Sky Lite™

Android
iOS

Seller: iCandi Apps

00 0.0

Can you imagine your phone turning into a telescope? When Galileo first started learning about astronomy, he too looked up at the sky with his naked eye. Even without a telescope, you can discover the locations of stars.

Find constellations and star formations, and even the positions of planets like Venus or Mars. Know the best times to stargaze with the weather check, and camp out with your family and look in awe at the twinkling heaven lights!

▲ Point your device at the sky to see star constellations.

▲ Learn more by tapping on them, and see visual representations of the figures they form.

▲ Scan the planets and read all about them.

Camping is a great way to stargaze at night. When there is less light pollution, head away from the city to a quiet retreat in the woods. Bring this tool with you and enjoy looking up at the sky with your friends, and learn a lot of cool things. Learn what the constellation is about with just a click!

Android
Night Sky Lite™

Night Sky Lite™

Free

iOS
Night Sky Lite™

Night Sky Lite™

Free

Star Chart
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Star Chart

Android
iOS

Seller: Escapist Games Limited

00 0.0

The night sky is beautiful, you can have the beauty of space on your device. Look at stars, formations, and other celestial bodies. Astronomy buffs will enjoy all of the cool effects of 3D star gazing. Learn about different constellations and even planets. The Sun and Jupiter are as view-able as a 3D model. Rotating and zooming in on these objects will delight those who want to learn about the planets.

What star is that? Opening up this app will open star charts, aligning real life with the constellation map. Learn names of the stars and planets you see out of your window every night! A planetarium is now on your phone. Look at a planet’s surface or learn about how hot a star is. This cool information about astronomy will leave you with so much knowledge. Fill up your brain and amaze your eyes with all of the things in space!

▲Check the constellations that you can see in your part of the world. The app uses GPS to assess your location.

▲Learn about the different kinds of celestial bodies and space phenomena.

▲Know the names of the stars that make up the constellations.

▲View 3D models of planets or distant stars.

Look at distant stars or nearby planets. You get to choose what to view and learn about in this planetarium. Your location is even read so it can check what kind of constellations you’ll see at night. From “Cygnus to Orion”, all the constellations in glorious details are show to you! Want to see what kind of constellations are up in the night sky? Or learn about the conditions on Venus? These questions are answered in amazing detail. You are even shown in exhaustive 3D maps of space the exact positions and distances of various celestial objects. Stare up at the night sky without even looking at it, just take a peek at the cosmos from your phone.

Android
Star Chart

Star Chart

Free

iOS
Star Chart

Star Chart

Free

Solar System Scope
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Solar System Scope

Android
iOS

Seller: INOVE, s.r.o.

00 0.0

Are you curious about the heavenly bodies beyond our world? Explore the other planets and moons beyond Earth with this stellar app that will take you through the solar system right from your mobile. Using an interactive 3D simulation, you can journey to far-off planets and satellites, from the gas giants to the rocky planetoids!

Discover and learn as if you were actually in space: experience real-time positioning of the planets and their orbits. Tap on each planet and satellite to get a detailed description of these heavenly bodies. Keep track of comet's positions, and know when they are visible from Earth! You can also go stargazing with the virtual and interactive night sky that maps out the constellations for you.

Android
Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope

Free

iOS
Solar System Scope

Solar System Scope

$1.99